Music Monday: Je te promets

Now playing on my French song playlist:

Title: Je te promets
Songwriter: Jean-Jacques Goldman
Performed by: Johnny Hallyday

Lyrics I like:

Je te promets la clé des secrets de mon âme
Je te promets la vie de mes rires à mes larmes
Je te promets le feu à la place des armes
Plus jamais des adieux rien que des au revoir

Translation:

I promise you the key to the secrets of my soul
I promise you life from my laughter to my tears
I promise you fire in place of weapons
No more goodbyes only “until we meet again”

🎶

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Fans of the late French superstar, Johnny Hallyday can experience his music like never before in the upcoming Johnny Symphonique Tour! Under the direction of Yvan Cassar, Johnny Hallyday’s voice will be accompanied by a symphony orchestra and choir. Beginning May 2022, the tour will make stops in several French cities, as well as Brussels, Belgium; and Geneva, Switzerland.

I like to listen to songs en français, so I won’t forget the French I learned in school!

Until next time, have a good week ahead. Stay safe!

Music Monday: J’imagine

In keeping with the spirit of the 2020 Olympics, I’ve been listening to the inspiring theme song from the 2010 Winter Olympic Games called, “I Believe” by jazz-pop singer, Nikki Yanofsky.

I also love the French version that was co-written and recorded by Annie Villeneuve:

In 2017, the Utah-based One Voice Children’s Choir performed a bilingual English & French version under the direction of Masa Fukuda.

Title: J’imagine (I Believe)
Songwriters: Alan Frew, Stephan Moccio; Thierry LeFlamme, Annie Villeneuve
Performed by: One Voice Children’s Choir (under the direction of Masa Fukuda)

Lyrics I like:

J’imagine une force invincible
La beauté d’un monde uni
J’imagine que l’on peut voler
J’imagine cette force une réalité

Translation:

I imagine an invincible force
The beauty of a united world
I imagine that we can fly
I imagine this force a reality

🎶

Watch their beautiful video that was filmed in Paris:

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I like to listen to songs en français, so I won’t forget the French I learned in school!

Until next time, enjoy your day and the week ahead. Stay well! 🎶

Now Playing: Summer in Paris

View of the Eiffel Tower & Statue of Liberty from Voie Georges-Pompidou (2018)

Last weekend, I started re-watching “Emily in Paris” on Netflix. The first time I watched the series, I guess I was so focused on the classic Parisian sights, Emily’s chic attire, and her handsome suitors that I missed all the good music!

Thanks to a website called TuneFind (this is not an ad), I’ve learned the titles of the songs featured on the show.

Now I’ve got “Summer in Paris” by Bea Parks, Garo Nahoulakian, and Oliver Charles Horton on repeat. 🎶 It’s the song that plays about five minutes into the first episode showing Emily moving into her flat in Paris. The playful ditty is two minutes long and it’s helpful for anyone learning French, too – like Emily in Paris!

My favorite lyric is “a s’il vous plaît goes a long way.” So true!

Summer in Paris?

With the recent news of France easing travel restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers starting in May, it sounds like there is a chance to spend “summer in Paris” this year!

On April 20, 2021, however, the U.S. Department of State issued a “Do Not Travel” travel advisory for France “due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in France due to terrorism and civil unrest.”

Humph! 😤 This feels like getting invited to the coolest party, but your parents won’t let you go! (If you spend summer in Paris, send me a postcard, s’il vous plaît!) 😉

Stay well and be safe, everyone… and listen to “Summer in Paris”:

🎶

A Song and a Book: “In My Life”

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“In My Life”

Written by: John Lennon & Paul McCartney

Illustrated by: Genevieve Santos

Publisher: Little Simon, Simon & Schuster, New York

Publication Date: February 2021

Genre: Music; Children’s Literature

“In My Life” – the song

The song, “In My Life” by The Beatles was composed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and appears on their 1965 album, Rubber Soul.

One of my favorite versions of “In My Life” is performed by Canadian singer-songwriter, Chantal Kreviazuk, whose version was used as the theme song for the American television series, Providence (1999-2002).

“In My Life” – the book

Art©️Genevieve Santos | Little Simon, Simon & Schuster

In the new children’s book of the same title, published in 2021, the song’s lyrics are turned into a touching story thanks to gorgeous illustrations by California artist, Genevieve Santos. She is “a self-described wandering nomad who has visited more than thirty countries (and counting). She uses her experiences and observances from her travels, mixed with her curiosity about the world, and pours them into her art. Her exuberance and joie de vivre come through in her illustrations” (by the publisher).

In addition to her book, she just launched new washi tapes, drinkware, stickers, and cards with the theme of “Mahal Kita.” It means “I love you” in Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines.

Along with cute “Boba Girl” stickers (that I got for each of my daughters who love the bubble tea drink), I purchased the book from Genevieve Santos’ website, Le Petit Elefant. Get your copysigned by the illustrator — today!

Art©️Genevieve Santos | Little Simon, Simon & Schuster

If you love The Beatles, bicycles, lighthouses, and beautiful illustrations, this book is for you! I absolutely adore it. 🥰

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Music Monday: Sympathique

Now playing on my French song playlist:

Title: Sympathique

Songwriters: China Forbes, Thomas Lauderdale

Performed by: Pink Martini

Lyrics I like:

Je ne veux pas travailler

Je ne veux pas déjeuner

Je veux seulement l’oublier

Et puis je fume

Translation:

I don’t want to work

I don’t want to eat (lunch)

I only want to forget

And then I smoke

🎶

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Hitting pause on Music Monday ⏸

I like to listen to songs en français, so I won’t forget the French I learned in school!

My playlist and I want to say Thank You to Teresa, Sylvina, Mia, José, Jonathan, Harris, François, Don, and Charles, for introducing me to some wonderful French songs and music artists!

It’s been fun sharing a song each week for the past year. Hitting pause for now, but Music Monday will resume from time to time. Stay tuned! 🎶

Music Monday: Hymne à l’amour

Now playing on my French song playlist:

Title: Hymne à l’amour

Songwriters: Marguerite Monnot, Edith Piaf

Performed by: Christiane Brisseau

Lyrics I like:

J’irais jusqu’au bout du monde

Je me ferais teindre en blonde

Si tu me le demandais

J’irais décrocher la lune

J’irais voler la fortune

Si tu me le demandais

 

Je renierais ma patrie

Je renierais mes amis

Si tu me le demandais

On peut bien rire de moi

Je ferais n’importe quoi

Si tu me le demandais

Translation:

I would go to the ends of the earth

I would dye my hair blonde

If you asked me to do it

I would reach for the moon

I would steal a fortune

If you asked me to do it

I would deny my homeland

I would disown my friends

If you asked me to do it

You can laugh at me

I would do anything

If you asked me to do it

🎶

Watch French cellist, Gautier Capuçon perform the song from the Eiffel Tower (October 2020):

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I like to listen to songs en français, so I won’t forget the French I learned in school! Are you studying French? I hope you’ll find this series entertaining and helpful, too!

Got a French song I should add to my playlist? Let me know in the comments below!

Until the next Music Monday, have a good week ahead!

Music Monday: La Java bleue

Bonjour 2021!

Now playing on my French song playlist:

Title: La Java bleue

Songwriters: Géo Koger, Noël Renard, Vincent Scotto

Performed by: Fréhel

Thanks to Don of Operas and cycling, and travel for suggesting this French song for my playlist. Did you know there’s a square in Paris named after the singer, Fréhel? Read more about it in Don’s post: Belleville!

Lyrics I like:

C’est la java bleue

La java la plus belle

Celle qui ensorcelle

Et que l’on danse les yeux dans les yeux

Translation:

It’s the blue Java (a type of fast waltz)

The most beautiful Java

The one which enchants

And which we dance eye to eye

🎶

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I like to listen to songs en français, so I won’t forget the French I learned in school! Are you studying French? I hope you’ll find this series entertaining and helpful, too!

Got a French song I should add to my playlist? Let me know in the comments below!

Music Monday: Bonne et heureuse année

Now playing on my French song playlist:

Title: Bonne et heureuse année

Songwriters: Christine Khandjian, Jean Nô

Performed by: Les Enfantastiques

Lyrics I like:

Bonne et heureuse année

En cas d’orage laissons le vent tourner

Le temps que les nuages s’évaporent

Le soleil brillera encore plus fort

Translation:

Happy new year

In the event of a storm, let the wind turn

By the time the clouds evaporate

The sun will shine even brighter

🎶

Check out their Latin-inspired remix for 2021:

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I like to listen to songs en français, so I won’t forget the French I learned in school! Are you studying French? I hope you’ll find this weekly series entertaining and helpful, too!

Got a French song I should add to my playlist? Let me know in the comments below!

Je vous souhaite une bonne et heureuse année. All the best in the new year!

Music Postcard: “Ma Normandie”

Congratulations to Amandine Petit (Miss Normandie) who was crowned Miss France 2021 last weekend (December 19, 2020)!

I couldn’t decide between Music Monday or Wednesday Postcard for this one, so for fun, here is a music postcard!

This undated postcard features the lyrics to the song, “Ma Normandie” written by poet and composer, Frédéric Bérat (1801-1855). It’s the unofficial regional anthem of Normandy, located in northwestern France.

Watch the lyric video:

« J’irai revoir ma Normandie,

C’est le pays qui m’a donné le jour. »

Translation:

“I will go see my Normandy,

It’s the country that gave birth to me.”

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See you next week! Joyeux Noël/Merry Christmas🎄

Music Monday: Mon beau sapin (O Christmas Tree)

Now playing on my French song playlist:

Mon beau sapin performed by Anaïs Delva

Lyrics I like:

Mon beau sapin, roi des forêts,

Que j’aime ta verdure !

Quand, par l’hiver, bois et guérets,

Sont dépouillés de leurs attraits,

Mon beau sapin, roi des forêts,

Tu gardes ta parure.

Translation:

My beautiful fir tree, king of the forests,

I love how green you are!

During winter, when woods and fallow lands

Are stripped of their charms,

My beautiful fir tree, king of the forests,

You keep your decorations.

🎶

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Here’s mon sapin de Noël (2020):

I like to listen to songs en français, so I won’t forget the French I learned in school! Are you studying French? I hope you’ll find this weekly series entertaining and helpful, too!

Got a French song I should add to my playlist? Let me know in the comments below!

Music Monday: Petite fleur

Now playing on my French song playlist:

American jazz musician, Sidney Bechet wrote Petite fleur as an instrumental in 1952.

In 1959, French musician, Henri Salvador recorded the song with lyrics by Fernand Bonifay and Mario Bua.

Lyrics I like:

Petite fleur d’amour

Tu fleuriras toujours

Pour moi

Quand la vie

Par moments me trahit

Tu restes mon bonheur

Petite fleur

Translation:

Little flower of love

You will always bloom

For me

When life

Betrays me at times

You remain my happiness

Little flower

🎶

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I like to listen to songs en français, so I won’t forget the French I learned in school. Are you studying French? I hope you’ll find this series entertaining and helpful, too.

Got a French song I should add to my playlist? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next Music Monday, have a good week ahead! 🌸

Music Monday: Amour plastique

Now playing on my French song playlist:

Title: Amour plastique

Songwriters: Adèle Castillon, Esteban Capron, Matthieu Reynaud

Performed by: Videoclub

Lyrics I like:

Dans mon esprit tout divague

Je me perds dans tes yeux

Je me noie dans la vague de ton regard amoureux

Je ne veux que ton âme divaguant sur ma peau

Translation:

In my mind everything wanders

I get lost in your eyes

I’m drowning in the wave of your loving gaze

I only want your soul wandering on my skin

🎶

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I like to listen to songs en français, so I won’t forget the French I learned in school. Are you studying French? I hope you’ll find this series entertaining and helpful, too.

Got a French song I should add to my playlist? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next Music Monday, have a good week ahead!

Music Monday: C’est si bon

Now playing on my French song playlist:

Title: C’est si bon

Songwriters: André Hornez, Henri Betti, Jerry Seelen

Performed by: Eartha Kitt with Henri René and his Orchestra

Lyrics I like:

C’est si bon,

De partir n’importe où,

Bras dessus bras dessous,

En chantant des chansons,

C’est si bon,

De se dire des mots doux –

De petit rien du tout –

Mais qui en disent long.

Translation:

It’s so good,

To go anywhere,

Arm in arm,

Singing songs,

It’s so good,

To say sweet words to each other –

Little nothings –

But they say a lot.

🎶

Until next Music Monday, have a good week ahead.

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Music Monday: Fever

Now playing on my French song playlist:

Title: Fever

Songwriters: Angèle, Caroline Ailin, Dua Lipa, Ian Kirkpatrick, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Julia Michaels

Performed by: Dua Lipa & Angèle

Lyrics I like:

Car dans mes yeux, ça se voit

La fièvre dans les yeux, oui, ça se voit

Mon cœur se serre, j’ai du feu dans la voix

Le plus souvent, c’est quand je pense à toi

Translation:

Because in my eyes, it shows

Fever in my eyes, yes it shows

My heart tightens, I have fire in my voice

Most often it’s when I think of you

🎶

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I hope Dua Lipa performs this song during her exclusive online performance “Studio 2054” on November 27, 2020!

I have my ticket to see Dua Lipa. Do you have yours? “See” you at Studio 2054! 🎶

Music Monday: Remember Paris

Now playing on my French song playlist:

Title: Remember Paris

Songwriter: Bruno Nicolini

Performed by: Bénabar

Lyrics I like:

Mon accent est toujours là

Et moi? Moi, je me souviens de toi

Quand je m’balade au bord de la Seine

Je pense à une Américaine!

Translation:

My accent is still there

And me? I remember you

When I take a walk along the Seine

I think of an American!

🎶

Do you remember Paris?

I think this playful song would fit in nicely on the Emily in Paris (Netflix) soundtrack!

It’s easy to imagine that it’s one of Emily’s many charming suitors singing to her, wouldn’t you agree? 💕

Until next Music Monday, have a good week ahead.

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If you enjoyed this post, you may be interested in my post, “Emily in Paris” Will Make You a Francophile