Paris in July Challenge. My main focus was Edith Piaf, who I have to say was like a vacation to Europe for my ears. If I didn't want to spend my life traveling the world before, her music really set me in that direction! Many of us are already familiar with "La Vie en Rose", and in fact, I had even seen the movie about her life with the same title. (Here is a link to Edith singing "La Vie en Rose" which I can't embed, but wanted to share because it's my favorite. Also, here is a beautiful translation of the lyrics.)
Edith was famously abandoned by her mother and alcoholic father and went to live with her paternal grandmother who ran a brothel in Paris. Edith was later discovered when she was singing on the streets, and upon beginning her career, would tremble before taking the stage. This earned her the title "The Little Sparrow" which followed her throughout her career and life. Spanning the time before and after WWII, Edith is still considered one of the most famous artists of France. In fact, on that drive from Calais to Paris that I mentioned above, we listened to the "Best of Edith Piaf" over the bus intercom.
Although I don't speak any French, I have to say that the music really does transcend language barriers. I may not know what Edith is singing, but I can feel it. One song that I really like is "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" which I translated and means "No, I Do Not Regret". It has a fantastic musicality to it that makes it feel like a real anthem to survival.
I still have more French music to explore, but what better way to begin than with Edith Piaf? I've really enjoyed listening to her CDs this past week and plan on downloading her music so I can keep a copy.
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So, how was your weekend?