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People always ask me where to find a good compilation of French music. Of course, Paris has an atmosphere of love around it and if you go on Amazon, you are going to find a bunch of cheesy records filled with obvious romantic cliche songs played with the accordion for those people that want to buy not the real Paris, but what I like to call it the “Hollywood Paris”. But if you are a little more curious than that, and want to discover some real good French music, I got two records to recommend. The first one was released…

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)…

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!

Whenever I meet a new person and talk about my blog, it’s always the same reaction. First, the person ask me why so much interest in French music and second they ask me to recommend them something and are always curious to know what my favorite songs are. To choose your favorite song(s) is a very serious and difficult matter and I just can’t help remembering Nick Hornby’s character in “High Fidelity”. Running the risk of been cruelly unfair, one day I decided to take the challenge and just choose, once and for all, the top 10 best French songs…

Yesterday, Le Figaro published an article on the new generation of French singers pointing out the fact that, in 2011, the girls outshone the boys when it comes to French chanson. I couldn’t agree more. Out of all my favorite French male singers, only Thomas Dutronc released a new record this year and I wouldn’t call it exactly to-die-for. Vincent Delerm is in the business of making children’s music; Bénabar is not really getting me excited about his new album; Bensé doesn’t even updates the News section of his website since January 2010 and Dominique A has just announced he’s…

Very often people ask me why I chose this name for the blog and the reason is very simple: it’s the name of a classic French song. The original song is called “Sous le ciel the Paris” (which translates precisely as “Under Paris Skies) and was recorded by a lot of great people, like Édith Piaf and Yves Montand. Here are some of my favorite versions of it:

Vincent Liben is one of the new talents to watch on French music. He is Belgium and released his debut record in August this year. I haven’t heard it yet, but I’m super excited about a duet he released in March with beautiful French singer Berry. To promote the song, they released a very sweet video clip of the song on Youtube: After digging up some more information about Liben, I found his SoundCloud page (I just love soundcloud!) and here’s one of the songs released in his first album: La Condition De L’Allumette by vincent liben