As today is Bastille Day, I thought that I would put together a compilation of songs in French (by artists of several nationalities). This task proved more arduous than I initially anticipated, as I simply did not realise quite how many French songs I had in my music library! Therefore, the difficulty came not in finding suitable tracks, but in whittling down their sheer volume! I decided to enforce a 'female singers only' rule (oh, how I love those French ladies!), in order to cut the numbers down a little and make the task more manageable, but still had to make some tough calls about what to include and what to omit.
I toyed with writing my post introduction in French, but decided that it has been so long that it would be vaguely understandable at best...bog all chance of grammatically correct, so I decided that should be a 'nay'!
I think the list below is a good one, with some super songs and a nice cross-section of different styles and voices, old and new. See what you think:
1. Je Danse Donc Je Suis - Brigitte Bardot
2. M'envoyer des Fleurs - Sandrine Kiberlain
3. La Derniere Minute - Carla Bruni
4. Comment Te Dire Adieu - Francoise Hardy
5. Ne Me Quitte Pas - Bic Runga *
6. Si Tu Dois Partir - Fairport Convention
7. Tout Doucement - Feist
8. L'un Part L'autre Reste - Charlotte Gainsbourg
9. Ma Premiere Cigarette - Gillian Hills
10. La Foule - Edith Piaf
11. Little Boxes (Petite Boites) - Kate and Anna McGarrigle (more Little Boxes)
12. Salamandre - Sarah Harmer
13. Mile Tendresses - Tift Merritt (more Tift Merritt)
14. La Chanson d'un Fille de Quinze Ans - Ann Savoy and Linda Ronstadt *
15. Pa Janvier, Laisse Moi M'en Aller - Patty Griffin *
16. Bisonours - CocoRosie
17. Lo Boob Oscillator - Stereolab
18. Mal de Mer - Rupa and the April Fishes
19. Judas Mon Coeur - Belly (more Belly)
20. Paris S'enflamme - Ladyhawke
Plus a bonus 'mystery' track!
I found this track whilst perusing my iTunes; it had no tags other than the song name, and I have no idea who sings it! I like it, and if anyone out there is able to identify it, you get serious brownie points!
Or why not have the lot as a zip file? (Sadly not in order, so you may have to create a playlist in your digital media player to hear them as I intended)
* Thanks to Boyhowdy over at Cover Lay Down for these contributions.