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Enough Posted by on May 31, 2022

I recently rediscovered this song from Calogero that I thought felt particularly relevant to these times. The context (a young man losing his life in a street fight of some kind) may be different … different than the war in Ukraine, different than the recent shootings in the U.S. … but the message is the…

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French Vocabulary – Town and Country Posted by on Jul 28, 2020

It’s easy to think, when you look at a bilingual dictionary, that there is a right word in French for every word in English. Sometimes though picking the right word in another language is complicated by nuances of meaning. Le Rat de la ville et le Rat des champs Ville (n.f; la ville) is one such…

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French Music – Let’s get out of town Posted by on Apr 21, 2020

Let’s take another trip this week. This time, to a charming little corner of province. The French musical group Trois Cafés Gourmands(Three cafés gourmands) celebrates their own little coin de province (corner of the country) in À nos souvenirs (To our memories). Comment puis-je oublier How can I forget Ce coin de paradis? This corner of paradise?…

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French Music – Saint André Posted by on Feb 11, 2020

We had Groundhog Day here in the US recently. The Groundhog Day tradition veut (is supposed to mean) that the arrival of spring will – or will not be – early depending on whether la marmotte (the groundhog) sees its ombre (shadow) or not. En attendant le printemps Regardless of what the groundhog said, we…

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French Music – A Christmas Song Posted by on Dec 24, 2019

Today is le réveillon de Noël (Christmas eve) … et demain c’est Noël (tomorrow is Christmas). And while it is a time of joy and celebrations for many, it is also a time to remember those who cannot fully enjoy the saison des fêtes (holiday season) for whatever reason. In 2015, the French singer Michel Polnareff released…

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Retro French Music – Michel Fugain Posted by on Nov 5, 2019

Michel Fugain is a French singer and songwriter who, with his ‘Big Bazar’, chanté l’insouciance et la joie de vivre (sang about being carefree and about the joys of living). This week, just for fun, a song from the early 1970’s that embodies this spirit (and will, I hope, tide you over until i have…

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French Music – Juliette Greco Posted by on Aug 27, 2019

Juliette Gréco, whose career spanned more than 70 years, is an emblematic star of French cinema and song. She interpreted songs by artists from Jacques Brel to Serge Gainsbourg … and even had a romantic relationship with the American Jazz legend Miles Davis. Little French Songs As France’s former first lady Carla Bruni reminded us…

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