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30-Day Song Challenge: Day 06

The river Seine and the streets of Paris, France 1990

Day 6 of the 30-Day Song Challenge asks the question what is “a song that reminds you of somewhere”?

http://youtu.be/_a3g8AMKXw4   Isabelle Aubret – La Fanette

While in Europe in 1990, I had the pleasure of traveling from
The Netherlands to Paris, France.  I fell
in love with the city. My girlfriend at the time was from Iran, but studied at
the University of Paris before moving to the United States. It was her
influence that led me to make the trip alone while my fellow artists (we were
exhibiting in Deventer, Holland) travelled to Germany.  I felt courageous doing this alone, and
enjoyed seeing the city and its rich artistic and cultural heritage. Ever since
that visit, I have fell in love with most things French (food, art, soccer,
film, music). That fact brings me to Isabelle Aubret and French music in
general.  She is incredible. I love her
voice, and the language itself. I particularly like French music from the
sixties (classic and new-retro as well) and contemporary French Pop. Singers
such as Francoise Hardy, France Gall, April March, Etienne Daho, and Charlotte Gainsbourg to
name a few, are at the top of my list. I think that is one of the reasons I
love this music, because it always takes me back to the streets of Paris.

day 01 – your favorite song – Stars of the Lid’s “Don’t Bother They’re Here”

day 02 – your least favorite song – Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”

day 03 – a song that makes you happy – Ivy’s – Edge of the Ocean

day 04 – a song that makes you sad – Trespassers Williams – Love You More

day 05 – a song that reminds you of someone – Trespassers Williams – Lie in the Sound

day 06 – a song that reminds you of somewhere

9 responses

  1. What a romantic story to accompany this lovely song! 🙂

    June 2, 2011 at 10:41 am

    • Thanks Liz,

      Paris is a wonderful place. I hope I get the chance to go back one day soon.


      June 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    • Paris and Love,,,, a beautiful combination indeed:)

      June 5, 2011 at 9:11 am

  2. Thanks again for introducing another lovely singer. I don’t know how you couldn’t think of Paris while listening to this song. What a beautiful voice!

    June 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    • Hi Bunny,
      Ohhhh….how I love French music, and Isabelle Aubret. I would like to recommend Edith Piaf as well. If you have not seen the film “La Vie En Rose” starring Marion Coulthard as Edith Piaf, I highly recommend it. But something tells me that your are familiar with the film and probably have seen it. 🙂 Your cultural diversity never seems to amazed me.

      Love, Light and a French song

      June 5, 2011 at 9:02 am

  3. love the illustration

    June 4, 2011 at 1:35 am

    • Thanks David, if I have not already subscribed to your blog, I will certainly do so 🙂


      June 5, 2011 at 8:49 am

  4. Hi..sent over by Eluz for the 2week blog hop..will be back to read more!

    September 28, 2011 at 4:59 am

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