Monthly Archives: October, 2011

In case anybody is wondering who’s the responsible for the beautiful illustration on the header of this blog, his name is Vincent Lefebvre.He is a friend I met in Paris and who was kind enough to offer himself to make a drawing for the blog. If you guys are interested in knowing more about his work, here’s a link to his blog. Also, Vincent has been working on a new website that’s not ready yet, but you can take a peek by clicking in here.

Not so many people know that Terry Jacks’s biggest hit is actually a French song. More accurately, a Belgian song. “Seasons in the Sun” was released in 1974 and hit the top charts across the globe and sold millions of records worldwide. But a long time before that, the song had already been a big success in France.Its original name is “Le Moribond” and it was written by Belgian singer/songwriter Jacques Brel. The translation into English is quite faithful to the original lyrics of the song and, as it is in English, the French version is a goodbye letter of…

Benjamin Biolay – probably my favorite singer/songwriter in the French scene today – composed the soundtrack and starred a new French movie that was released last summer in Paris. The film is called “Pourquoi tu pleures ?”, and it’s the story of a man who is about to be married and meets a girl that could be the love of his life. I still haven’t watched it but the French critics wrote pretty good reviews about it.Here’s the trailer of the movie with English subtitles.Last week, I found out that, amongst the tracks of the movie’s soundtrack is the eternal…

My name is Gabriela, but I go by the artistic name of “DJ Penelope”. My mother language is not English, so you’re probably gonna find some mistakes in my writing from time to time. But I promise I’ll do my best no to murder Shakespeare’s language.I’m a Brazilian and I’ve been in love with French music since…ever. Really, I can’t remember when all started, all I know is that I was in my teenage years when Édith Piaf came across my way. And I just fell in love with her music. The rest, as people say, is history.I used to…

When I started to go deep in my researches of French chanson, I started to find out that what I thought were great American classics, were actually French songs (and trust me, there’s A BUNCH of those).The song that surprised me the most is definitely “My way” immortalized by the great Frank Sinatra. Really, the first time I’ve ever heard “Comme d’Habitude” I really thought that it was a cheesy, tacky, weird version of a great, untouchable classic. Trust me, I even felt a bit angry.But then I found out I was being unfair. Because I truly believe that the…

I’ve been listening a lot to Françoise Hardy’s “Tous les garçons et les filles” ( in a free translation: All the boys and girls). The original version is wonderful and irreplaceable. However, Canadian singer/songwriter Coeur de Pirate, made an incredible cover in a television show that gave the song a more modern approach maintaining the amazing 60’s atmosphere. And that’s today’s Monday’s song. And here’s the original version sang by absolute all time diva Françoise Hardy:

Paris, amongst so many other things, is known for its great pastry shops, called “Pâtisserie”. French people take the business of making bread and desert very seriously and, to became a baker chef (called “Boulanger”) or pastry chef (called “Pâtissier), it’s required a great deal of hard study and practice. Anyone who ever cooked anything sweet in their life, knows how hard it is to work with sugar, so the pâtissier (or pâtissière, if it’s a woman) is a very well respected professional inside any French kitchen. I found this beautiful film (made by the Louis Vitton City Guide team)…

For Serge Gainsbourg fans, prepare yourselves to spend a small fortune on the 40th deluxe anniversary edition of his classic record “Histoire de Melody Nelson”. The release date is set to November 15 and you can pre-order it on Amazon for the price of US$ 172.48. Speaking of Gainsbourg, I promised here on the blog to publish my list of top 10 favorite songs, so here it is:1. Je suis venu te dire que je m’en vais2. La Javanaise3. Elisa4. Marilou sous la neige5. Le poinçonneur de Lilás6. L’eau à la bouche7. L’anamour8. Ces petits riens9. S.S. in Uruguay10. 69…

In the beginning of this year, it was released on theaters the French movie “Potiche”. In the US, the movie got the name of “Trophy Wife” and it features the amazing Catherine Deneuve playing the part of a bored submissive housewife in the 70’s who finds herself in the position of running the family business after her husband has a heart attack. The movie has interesting funny characters (like the secretary/mistress/feminist) and talks about the changes in the women’s role in society in the 70’s. The original soundtrack is great and the wardrobe is just to die for (specially if…

During one of my never ending quests in search of great French music, I found this amazing blog made by a person that has the same taste in music as I do. The blog has the sweet name of “French Kisses” and reminded me, because of its title, of that great romantic comedy featuring Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline. In the movie “French Kiss”, Mr. Kline plays a French thief that takes advantage of poor brokenhearted Meg Ryan. The soundtrack features Kevin Kline singing French classic “La Mer”. Wanna hear it? Click on the play button below and enjoy!

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