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Since yesterday was the 40th anniversary of beloved Benjamin Biolay, I wanted to make him a little hommage. The song of this Monday was out in his last record Vengeance, and it’s a duet with Julia Stone called Conffetis. And since it snowed a lot this last weekend and I saw Paris covered with a white magic carpet for the first time in my life, I decided that it’s absolutely necessary to post a second song for this musical Monday. Unfortunately, I’m too limited to even begin to describe the splendor of beauty that exploded in every corner of this…

I love when talented people decide to record a good cover of Serge Gainsbourg’s songs, and even wrote a post about the subject a while ago. Bonnie and Clyde has never been among my favorites Gainsbourg’s, until last week. The duo Freedom Fry – formed by a French girl and an American guy – released a great version of Bonnie and Clyde in their last EP, called Outlaw, and I loved it! Check it out. And, below, the original:

Many people who reads this blog comes here because they know that the best way to learn a language is listening to music. And unlike what many readers think, I do not speak French fluently, on the contrary, I would call my level low-intermediate. So today I decided to list some songs that have helped me better understand French. The songs listed were chosen because a) they have a very basic French, b) they are easy to understand; c) they are sung in a very clear French. I hope they help you as much as they’ve helped me! 1. Sympathique,…

As everyone knows, todays is the International Women’s Day and, although I’m one of those who are a tiny little bit against choosing one day to celebrate just the existence of a genre (and, hopefully, someday this will sound silly to everyone and an specific date won’t be needed) I do realize the importance of thinking and debating the value of women in society. Of course, since this blog is about French music, I chose some songs that talk about women from different points of views. Belles! Belles! Belles!, a Claude François’ version for Girls!, Girls! Girls! Belinda, by Claude…

As the great website Filles Sourires reminded me, today is the anniversary of Gainsbourg’s death. To celebrate the memory of one of the most important French composers from the 20th century, here’s a video with him playing one of my favorite songs. And I take this opportunity to publish one more time the amazing illustration of Gainsbourg that talented artist Vincent Lefebvre was kind enough to make for this blog. This drawing was recently posted on the great blog Draw Serge!.

Some say that Gainsbourg, himself, wasn’t exactly a great singer and did no interpreted his songs in the best way possible, and that is the reason why, during his lifetime, he did no achieve worldwide fame he so much deserved. I disagree to that. I really think Gainsbourg knew exactly how to sing his songs and the fact is that in all of the covers of his songs, the ones I like the most are those that show a resemblance on the way he originally sang. Drawing made by Vincent Lefebvre But that’s a matter of taste, and everyone is…

So, it’s that time of the year. Love is in the air. Everywhere you look, heart shaped balloons seem to be floating around. There’s no denying, even the coolest couples are somehow affected by Valentine’s Day. And what’s best for the background of your special day with your better half than French music? Seriously, French chanson is to music what Valentine’s Day is to every other day of the year. So I prepared a little list for those who are looking for the perfect soundtrack to surprise and dazzle their loved ones on Valentine’s Day. And I’d like to remind…

For some reason (no idea why), the French national anthem, the famous Marseillaise made an appearance on Twitter’s trending topics today in France. The subject reminded me of the great version by Serge Gainsbourg, a version that goes against all the bullshit of war and all the blood that drips out from this amazing song, leaving behind only the beauty of the melody. And, since the subject is La Marseillaise being transformed and reinterpreted by pop icons, here’s another very famous version of the song.

Today’s Chanson de Lundi features a Brazilian version of Couleur Café. The song was released this year by singer Luciana Mello in a duet with Corneille. Unfortunately, I did not find a player to embbed in here, but if you are interested in the studio version of this song, you can go ahead and click this link to listen. You can also watch the video below, that features Luciana Mello singing with her brother Jairzinho, who is the creator of the beautiful arrengements for this version. For those who don’t remember, Couleur Café is one of the firsts big hits…

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