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: 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: Où est ma tête?

Now playing on my French song playlist:

Title: Où est ma tête?

Songwriters: Alex Marashian, China Forbes, Thomas M. Lauderdale

Performed by: Pink Martini

Lyrics I like:

J’ai perdu ma tête

Dans la rue Saint Honoré

J’ai cherché ça et là

Je ne l’ai pas trouvée

Dis-moi… où est ma tête?

 

J’ai perdu mes bras

Sur la Place de l’Opéra

Je ne les ai pas trouvés

Je cherche ça et là

Dis-moi… où sont mes bras?

 

Depuis que je t’ai perdu

Je suis en pièces sur l’avenue

Et je ne peux pas recoller les morceaux

Par moi-même

 

Répare-moi, mon très cher

Parce que je ne suis pas entière

J’ai besoin de toi, seulement toi

Et en plus je t’aime

Translation:

I lost my head

On Rue Saint Honoré

I’ve looked here and there

And I haven’t found it

Tell me, where’s my head?

 

I lost my arms

At the Place de l’Opéra

I haven’t found them

I look here and there

Tell me, where are my arms?

 

Since I lost you

I’m in pieces on the avenue

And I can’t put the pieces back together again

By myself

 

Fix me, my dearest

Because I’m not whole

I need you, only you

And besides I love you

🎶

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Until next Music Monday, have a good week ahead.

To add a song to my French Song Playlist, send me the title/artist in the comments below.

Music Monday: Je l’ai jamais dit à personne

Now playing on my French song playlist:

Title: Je l’ai jamais dit à personne

Songwriter(s): Étienne Drapeau, Roger Tabra

Performed by: Étienne Drapeau

Lyrics I like:

Si je n’ai jamais dit tous ces mots

C’est que l’amour me brûle un peu trop

Mais aujourd’hui, enfin je le dis

Comme je l’ai jamais dit à personne

Je t’aime

Je l’ai jamais dit à personne

Translation:

If I’ve never said all these words

It’s because love burns me a little too much

But today, finally, I say it

Like I’ve never told anyone

I love you

I’ve never told anyone

🎶

Until next Music Monday, have a good week ahead.

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New Sara Bareilles Music Brings Comfort “Amidst the Chaos”

Whether you enjoy introspective ballads or uptempo songs with a throwback sound, you’re sure to find calm and comfort amidst the chaos in Sara Bareilles’ new music!

American musician Sara Bareilles has expressed in interviews that she was inspired to write/co-write all the songs on “Amidst The Chaos” after the 2016 United States Presidential Election.

The album title comes from a lyric in the song “Orpheus,” the eighth track on the album:

“Don’t stop trying to find me here amidst the chaos/ Though I know it’s blinding there’s a way out”

Image from Amazon Music

Some of the chaos she describes involve hot-button topics, like the #MeToo movement (in her song, “Armor”), immigration policies (in a duet with John Legend, “A Safe Place to Land”), and mental health (“Eyes on You”).

Regardless of your stance on these and other political issues, you’ll find comfort in the familiar melodies of her new songs. For example:

  • If I Can’t Have You (written by Sara Bareilles, Emily King & Aaron Sterling) – This song has a bouncy Motown sound with the most clever lyric and hyperbole:

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  • Miss Simone (written by Sara Bareilles & Lori McKenna) – This song is reminiscent of another Sara Bareilles song. The track “1000 Times” from her 2013 album, “The Blessed Unrest,” laments unrequited love or losing a romantic partner. In “Miss Simone,” the melodic continuation makes it easy to imagine the same person moving on and basking in the tenderness of a more positive and reciprocal love relationship.
  • Wicked Love – This upbeat song’s hook, “I don’t want your wicked love” recalls the part in The Beatles’ tune “Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da” that goes “La la how the life goes on.”
  • Orpheus – This song starts slow and despondent, evoking the melody of “Comme d’Habitude/ My Way.”

No matter how tough or chaotic life gets, we’ll get through it. Like a good friend, Sara Bareilles’ songs will reassure you that you’re not alone.

Listen here: