When I posted Que reste-il de nos amours? in a Music Monday post, my blogger friends who commented loved it. So here are my picks for those commenters who love to hear some French chansons (songs). Allez chanter! Let’s sing!
Ces Petits Riens Asa
French Nigerian singer Asa sings her own version of Serge Gainsbourg’s hit Ces Petits Riens (Those Little Things). It is a subtle version and melancholic also. Je l’adore! Watch Asa well before she’d switch to English. She is very talented.
Quelqu’un m’a dit Carla Bruni
Quelqu’un m’a dit (Someone told me) is Carla Bruni’s first single of her debut album with the same title, launched in 2002. It was a hit in France. First I heard it I was surprised to hear that she could sing. Besides that she plays guitar and composes her own songs.
Comme d’habitude Yseult
Many classics are originally French. One of them is Comme d’habitude (My way). This one is a version of Yseult, one of the French Idols candidates. Love it!
Vous qui passez sans me voir Steve Beresford
Beresford is a British pianist. He recorded this Charles Trenet’s classic with a female singer whose name I don’t know. The title Vous qui passez sans me voir means You who pass by without seeing me. The first sentence goes like this: You who pass by without seeing me. Without wishing me good evening. Give me a little bit hope tonight. Sweet, right?
Sympathique Pink Martini
This song is from an American band, Pink Martini. Sympathique brings you to France in 1940es – 1950es. Vintage! What I love about this song is the easy-going lyrics. The refrein goes like:
Je ne veux pas travailler
Je ne veux pas déjeuner
Je veux seulement oublier
Et puis je fume
I don’t want to work
I don’t want to have lunch
I only want to forget it
And then I smoke
That was it for now. It was purely coincidental all songs are sung by female singers. Next time I will share the ones with male singers.