I already spoke, here in the blog, about my love for Chico Buarque. For those who don’t know him, he’s a great Brazilian singer/songwriter that loves Paris and French music. And that’s precisely the reason why I got so excited when I found out that, for a while, France also loved Chico Buarque. After doing some research over the years, I collected a bunch of songs that were written by Chico and translated to French for some great artists. Here are some of this beautiful French versions of some great Chico Buarque’s songs. O que será (the first one was…

I just LOVE when someone I adore makes a good cover of a song I like. It’s like mixing up two very delicious things and putting them together in a blender, something like Nutella milkshake. That’s why I got super excited when I found this morning a version Benjamin Biolay made of J’suis snob, by Boris Vian. The original, that was already awesome, became something else in the voice of Biolay. Check it out:

I’m definitely diving into another Benjamin Biolay phase. Again. (Will I ever get sick of him? I don’t know, only time can answer that). So I found today a version he sang if his own Ça valait la peine, a beautiful song he wrote for his sister Coralie Clément. I always loved it in the voice of Coralie, but now I can’t decide which version I like the most.

A few months ago, I made a list of the top 10 songs to help you lean French. The list became so popular that I decided to make a second part, with 10 other songs, since learning French is not exactly an easy task and there are so many songs that can help a beginner to understand better the language of Baudelaire. Here they are, organized from easiest to not so easy. 1. Ces mots stupides, this version of Something Stupid (made popular by Frank and Nancy Sinatra) is ridiculously simple and the lyrics are so much like the original…

My best friend, who lives in Paris for more than 5 years, knowing that I’m a huge fan of the good old radio, introduced me to FIP the last time I went to Paris and, so far, it’s the best station I’ve ever listened to in Paris. So the other day I was browsing fun stuff in the Apple App Store and I found an app that allows me to listen to FIP. It for free, obviously, and I highly recommend it!I’m sorry the image bellow is in Portuguese, but apparently I’m not allowed to access the American App store…

People always look surprised when they learn about my taste for the chanson française  and they usually ask me to name the most popular French song, and my answer is always the same: La Marseillaise. It’s not usual to find an adult who has never heard the French national anthem, and often without even knowing the name, people immediately recognize the song when I hum the melody. Beatles Certainly the Beatles are not entirely to blame for the popularity of this song, but the French national anthem is possibly the world’s most popular anthem, and its appearance in the introduction…

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:

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