More than a decade after launching her solo career, vocalist Monica Mancini is finally getting to do the album she's always wanted to. "This is my music", says Monica of I've Loved These Days, a gorgeously crafted collection of songs by artists who helped shape the soundtrack of her formative years, including Lennon & McCartney, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Jackson Browne, Harry Nilsson, Brian Wilson and Janis Ian. "This is the music that resonates more than anything else for me," she explains. "I love singing standards, and there is something that I respond to with all those wonderful old songs, but these songs are vital to me. These are my standards." Intriguingly, I've Loved These Days goes a step beyond mere reverence by actually incorporating many of Monica's musical heroes. Joining Monica on I've Loved These Days are original composers Jackson Browne offering guitar and vocal accompaniment on "These Days," Brian Wilson and the multi-Grammy winning vocal group Take 6 contributing vocals and arranging on "God Only Knows," Stevie Wonder harmonically dueting on "Blame It on the Sun," and the Rascals' Felix Cavaliere providing B-3 organ accompaniment on his classic "How Can I Be Sure." Says Monica, "It was thrilling that these guys came back to reconnect and rework songs that helped put them on the map as artists.
The oldest daughter of an impoverished Montreal family, Monique Sparvieri vows to find a way to get out of the ghetto in which she lives. Abandoned by Michael, the love of her life, Monique finds herself alone again when her second husband, Gaston, is sentenced to ten months in prison. While many other women her age are still dreaming of Prince Charming, Monique takes her own destiny in her hands. She and her new love, Gerald Simard, plan a series of bank robberies. Intoxicated by passion and success, Monique isn't afraid of anything and she wants to make sure that her children don't experience the same miserable upbringing as she did.
Fille aînée d'une famille démunie du Centre-Sud de Montréal, Monique Sparvieri jure de trouver le moyen de sortir de la misère. Abandonnée par l'amour de sa vie, Monique se retrouve à nouveau seule lorsque son second conjoint est condamné à dix ans de prison. Alors que la plupart des femmes de son époque rêvent encore au prince charmant, Monique prend son propre destin en main. C'est ainsi qu'elle passera à l'histoire avec une série de hold-ups audacieux qu'elle orchestre avec son dernier amant, son âme soeur. Grisée par la passion et le succès, Monique Sparvieri n'a peur de rien. Elle est prête à tout pour s'assurer que ses enfants ne se retrouvent jamais dans le milieu sordide de la « Main. »