Remarkable Women of France – Édith Piaf

May 25, 2017



In this post, Lydia looks at the unorthodox background and musical success of French chanteuse, Édith Piaf. By: Lydia Yale If you aren’t familiar with this name, I’d like to bet that your parents or grandparents would be. While most famous for the legendary song “La Vie en Rose”, Edith Piaf lived the kind of […]

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NYC French Events to check out in January and February

December 31, 2016



Here’s a round up of French cultural events to check out around New York over the next few weeks. Let us know if you have any to add to the list! Saturday, January 21st, 12pm (discussion & screening), 1pm (screening only) The Met: Live in HD: Roméo et Juliette Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo star as […]

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The Met: Live in HD: L’Amour de Loin

November 10, 2016



The Met: Live in HD: L’Amour de Loin presented at BAM Rose Cinemas Music by Kaija Saariaho Production by Robert Lepage Saturday, December 10th at 12 pm (discussion + screening) & 1 pm (screening only) Kaija Saariaho’s breakthrough opera has its Metropolitan Opera premiere in a dazzling new production by Robert Lepage, featuring glimmering ribbons […]

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French Cover of the Day: “Paradis Perdus” (Christine and the Queens)

October 17, 2016



For those not in the know, Christine and the Queens is a recent pop sensation from France whose unique blending of genders, genre, and language has earned fans well beyond her native country and adoptive city of London. The artist, whose music has been released on Because Music and Neon Gold Records, is also currently […]

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A Quick Look at the Music of Quebec

September 29, 2016



The history of music in La Nouvelle France, or Quebec, as we know it today, actually precedes colonization, with roots traceable back to the the French regions of Île-de-France, Picardy, Normandy, Poitou, and Brittany. Celtic music from the Irish wave of immigration to Québec in the 19th century, survives as well in addition to a still […]

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Cover of the Day: “Ça plane pour moi”

April 13, 2016



Frenetic, fun, and off the hook, Plastic Bertrand’s “Ça plane pour moi” features frequently in movie scenes of wild debauchery, famously in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’. The Belgian singer’s punk-satire (the title means “everything’s going well”) has the distinction of being one of a few non-English-language songs to enter the Billboard-100 in the US. […]

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Cover of the Day: “Pour te dire je t’aime” – Dalida (1984)

May 29, 2016



“Pour te dire je t’aime” – Dalida (1984) from Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called (to Say I Love You) Moving back to the 80s, we’re brought to the incredibly talented and fabulous, but equally as tragic singer Dalida, who committed suicide 1987. An Egyptian-born, Italian-French singer who recorded in at least 10 languages, Dalida has sold over […]

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Cover of the Day: “Cette année-là” – Claude François (1976)

March 27, 2016



“Cette année-là” – Claude François (1976) “December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)” – Frank Valli and the Four Seasons The object of many a screaming French teen’s obsession in the 70s, Claude François left the world too soon, like Elvis, dying tragically in a bathroom towards the end of that decade. Thankfully Monsieur François left behind […]

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Cover of the Day: Cesar et Les Romains – “Splish Splash” (1965)

May 29, 2016



“Splish Splash” – Cesar et Les Romains (1965) “Splish Splash” – Bobby Darin (1958) This one needs little introduction: these wayward Québecois offer a very literal North-of-the-Border take on the Bobby Darrin hit with cheeky dance moves and sailors outfits thrown in for good measure. A Canadian yéyé group, Cesar et les Romains created their roots, […]

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Cover of the Day “L’amour c’est comme une cigarette” Sylvie Vartan

May 12, 2016



Skipping around now, let’s take a look at the 80s in France, which were just as mystifyingly bizarre as the 80s in the U S of A. — Jetons maintenant un coup d’oeil aux années 80 en France, qui furent tout aussi bizarres et déconcertantes qu’elles ne l’ont été aux US. “L’amour c’est comme une cigarette” – […]

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