One evening not too long ago, I returned home after dinner with some friends. As I stepped through the door, I unwittingly walked into a wall of sound– resonant music which felt familiar yet obviously foreign and uniquely French. It did not take long (or too many of my naive questions) for my host family to learn that my knowledge of French music was severely lacking. So a little over an hour, a couple of post-its, and a stack of CDs later, I acquired quite the list of French musicians with which familiarize myself.
Among the dozens of songs that I sampled that evening, a favorite emerged almost instantaneously: “Plus Bleu Que Tes Yeux” by Charles Aznavour and Edith Piaf. You do not need to speak French to appreciate this song. It is difficult to resist the saccharine, dreamy melodic waltz with intricate, nimble harmonies of two incredibly renowned French singers; this song makes me nostalgic for a past era in which I never lived. Je l’adore!
If you’re interested in the full list of recommended “classic French” musicians, check out what my host family wrote down for me (but only their last names as evidently that should suffice): Barbara, Gainsbourg, Piaf, Aznavour, Zazie, Sanson, Bellavoine, Obispo, Golman, Coluche
Who would you add to the list?