Chanson du Jour: “Trois Petites Notes” performed by Juliette Greco

“Trois Petits Notes de Musique” is a chanson written by Henri Colpi to music by Georges Delerue for the film Une aussi longue absence by Henri Colpi . It is performed in this video by Juliette Greco

Francis Cabrel: “People have carried me so much, loved me so much, I can begin to reveal myself”

On October 17, 2021 at 19:10

The V of victory and a big smile. We have rarely seen Francis Cabrel so relaxed while climbing on stage, this Thursday, October 14 at the Zénith in Strasbourg (Bas-Rhin). And also at ease for 2h10 in front of 3,500 fans, first seated and attentive then standing and fervent.

At 67, the artist takes advantage. His “Trobador Tour”, with four musicians and three singers in total harmony, is one of his best tours . And his latest album, “À l’Avenir Revenant”, is a critical and commercial success, with 250,000 sales in the past year.

Behind the scenes, too, we meet a still rare but peaceful man. Doubly vaccinated, he announces to us without mask the release on December 3 of a double live – 2 CDs and 4 vinyls – with two unreleased studio songs. On tour since June, he also tells us about his wish to take a musical break in 2022, to devote himself to other writings.

First of all the question that everyone is asking after your video posted two weeks ago: has the municipality of Astaffort found a doctor?

FRANCIS CABREL . I do not have the impression. I am not often in the village at the moment, but I have not received any good news… It is not because we are making fuss that people are running. The neighboring village also put up a banner: Let’s look for two doctors . We must be the x-thousandth town to suffer from this.

Why you, so discreet, did you agree to appear in this video?

Our medical center is functioning very well, it just lacks a general practitioner. The one who remains at retirement age and continues to troubleshoot. It was he who asked me if I wanted to appear to help. The locals had already written the script. It only took me thirty minutes when they spent several days there.

Is it a recent problem?

It has been stretching for three, four years. When I was elected (from 1989 to 2004), we never experienced this shortage. We even had up to two practices and four doctors. Municipalities should pay doctors, but that implies a budget that many do not have.

How is your tour going?

We are in the middle of the ford, a little over thirty dates out of sixty. Past my usual worries, which do not get better with age, my fears of forgetting the texts, my allergy to long journeys, things are going very well (he smiles) . We are reopening many rooms, like here in Strasbourg, and the reception is great everywhere.

You are more relaxed on stage …

It’s true. This is one of my favorite tours. It makes me happy that people hear such musicians and the work of the choristers is remarkable. It’s successful but, in the spirit, it’s like inviting them to a rehearsal.

Francis Cabrel at the Zénith de Strasbourg, Thursday 14 October, one of the concerts of his Trobador Tour.
Francis Cabrel at the Zénith in Strasbourg, Thursday October 14, one of the concerts of his Trobador Tour. LP / Jean-Baptiste Quentin

What are you going to do after the last date, December 18th?

For now, there are few things planned for 2022. In June, we will do the tour that had been canceled in Canada, then the few summer festivals postponed because of the Covid or bad weather. My producer has some ideas in his head, but I’m quite tempted to do nothing in between. A tour is tiring. And we have to move on.

A new album?

No. In any case, not right away. I remain on the good impression of it. And I want to write in other forms. It tempts me to make a book, I have a few leads. I saw that Laurent (Voulzy) had written one on cathedrals. It’s interesting.

We have just celebrated the 70 years of Jean-Jacques Goldman. Do you sometimes think about quitting yourself?

But all the time! I’ve been thinking about it since my first album in 1977. The day after its release, I said: I ‘m quitting . In my opinion, Jean-Jacques quit too early . Like him, I wonder not to make the album and the tour too much. I have made fourteen albums, several thousand concerts, there is still a repetitive effect. For me, it’s soon.

Why did you add two unreleased songs from 2020 to your next live album?

I didn’t put them on my last album because I didn’t want it to be too long. But I regretted it. One of the two, “What to say”, is based on a cute note from my six-year-old granddaughter Mona. After observing a dog and a bird, she asked her mother: Are they talking to each other? My daughter Aurélie told me about it and I embroidered, reflected on us, who have somewhat lost the purity, the poetry of children. Their company is regenerating, refreshing.

As time goes by, you talk a little more about yourself …

Yes. On the album, I even talked about my father. People have carried me so much, loved me so much, that I can begin to reveal myself.

But not on social networks, from which you are absent… Why?

As Alain Souchon says, we were famous at the right time. We went through a simple and golden period. Now it gets more complicated with social networks. There are a lot of benefits to be had but also pitfalls. I used my daughter’s Facebook to share my songs while in lockdown , but I don’t have a strong enough opinion to feed Twitter.

Your last participation in the Enfoirés dates back to 2010. Will you come back?

I was asked again recently but I said: No, excuse me . I am old enough to retire from the “Enfoirés”. Coming back now, I would feel less in tune. I remember discussions with Jean-Jacques and Maxime Le Forestier, where we said to ourselves that the ideal would be to make room for young people. It’s done, and it’s perfect.

Source: Francis Cabrel: “People have carried me so much, loved me so much, I can begin to reveal myself”

Pops Goes French: “La Vie En Rose” and “C’est Si Bon”

By Ricky Riccardi June 2020

70 years ago, Louis Armstrong entered Decca’s New York studios to record two songs of French origin: “La Vie En Rose” and “C’est Si Bon.” Sy Oliver put together a terrific studio orchestra and arranged both songs for the date. The result was the biggest hit of Armstrong’s career to this point and two sides that have had ever-lasting appeal, especially “La Vie En Rose,” the only song to rival “What a Wonderful World” in terms of out-and-out popularity in the 21st century. Before we get too carried away, let’s listen to Armstrong’s original glorious performance to get in the right frame of mind:

Because the anniversary falls on a Friday, the day we peak inside “Satch’s Tracks,” it only makes sense to examine some of the French selections in Louis’s record collection.

Besides Armstrong’s version, “La Vie En Rose” is most associated with “The Little Sparrow,” Edith Piaf. And yes, Armstrong owned two Piaf LPs, one of which contained her legendary version of “La Vie En Rose”:

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And here is the audio of Piaf’s legendary performance:

However, Armstrong actually preferred another version of “La Vie En Rose” to Piaf’s. On this clip from one of Louis’s tapes, he’s trying to get some shy French fans to speak on tape and mentions that he loves the singing of Jacqueline Francois, feeling that her version of “La Vie En Rose” was smoother than Piaf’s:

Here is Armstrong’s copy of Francois’s Vox 10-inch LP, Jacqueline Francois Sings, containing “La Vie En Rose”:

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And here’s Francois’s version of “La Vie En Rose”:

On a later tape, Louis actually got all three versions of “La Vie En Rose”–Piaf’s, Francois’ and his own–and played them back-to-back-to-back. Here’s his catalog page:

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For the sake of completeness, here is Louis’s copy of “La Vie En Rose,” marked with one of his homemade “Recorded” labels to denote that it had been copied to tape:

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As for the flip side, “C’est Si Bon,” we don’t have as many artifacts related to it in our Archives, but thanks to the efforts of Olivier Betti, we know a great deal about the backstory of the song. Olivier’s grandfather, Henri Betti, wrote the music for “C’est Si Bon,” which was outfitted with French lyrics by Andre Hornez. On February 28, 1948, the Nice Jazz Festival hosted a jam session at the Hotel Negresco that was attended by the likes of Django Reinhardt, Claude Luter and Louis Armstrong. At the session, Suzy Delair sang “C’est Si Bon” in French (Delair passed away this March at the age of 102). Armstrong apparently loved the song immediately and promised to record it when he got back to the United States. A recording ban was in effect at the time, but Armstrong eventually got around to it on June 26, 1950.


And for more on the history of “C’est Si Bon,” Olivier Betti has created a Facebook page and has contributed to the Wikipedia entry on the song, as well as this recent article in French. Thank you, Olivier for all of your efforts in telling the story of your grandfather’s wonderful song! Here is Louis’s copy, with the “Recorded” label, alas, no longer affixed.

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“La Vie En Rose” and “C’est Si Bon” were recorded during a prolific period for Armstrong at Decca thanks to the efforts of producer Milt Gabler. A host of Armstrong’s Sy Oliver-arranged singles were originally collected on a 10-inch LP, Satchmo Serenades; Louis’s copy is on display in the den of the Louis Armstrong House Museum.

Eventually a few more tracks were added to turn it into a 12-inch LP, of which Louis owned a Argentinian pressing, Satchmo Seranatas (transforming our two anniversary tracks into “La Vida Color De Rosa” and “Es Tan Bueno”)!

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And if you’d like to listen to Satchmo Serenades on Spotify, here’s the link:

Finally, one more memento from the Armstrong Collection, a Decca brochure printed for Armstrong’s 1953 tour of Japan, focusing on “La Vie En Rose” and “C’est Si Bon” and even including lyrics of both so you can sing along while listening:


Source: Pops Goes French: “La Vie En Rose” and “C’est Si Bon” – That’s My Home

Daily Meditations with Matthew Fox: Inviting Men to Their Deeper Selves

Our times are dire, even apocalyptic.  Millions in America today actually are committed to destroying democracy which, though flawed, seems to offer the best hope for survival as a community.  The earth is warming up to the point of no return and many corporations we have spawned run essentially on unbridled greed which means all other species are paying a severe price.

(Witness the latest oil spill in the news, this one in southern California.  Or the news that mighty AT&T has sunk millions into a radical right station whose goal is to destroy democracy.)

Women and men alike need to wake up and grow up fast as time is running out for homo sapiens, just as it did for all our previous hominid cousins, nine of which we have now named.  We are the last ones standing.  Will we be standing 100 years from now?

Growing up means, among other things, tapping into our deepest resources such as love and forgiveness, justice and compassion on the one hand; and putting our considerable intelligence and creativity into responding to the moment with useful science and technology.

It also means we learn to balance anew the healthy masculine and divine feminine in our souls and institutions including education, law, economics, business, religion, politics.

How can men in particular grow up and touch what is hidden even from ourselves? 

As a species, we can no longer be stuck in our adolescence.  Growing up spiritually means we can no longer afford to be stuck in puerile religion or puerile anti-religion.

We need to explore ancient wisdom and deep teachings about the Sacred Masculine and how we touch it and how it touches us and brings us in line with the Sacred Feminine.

Adapted from Matthew Fox, The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine, pp. xiii, xv.

To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.

Queries for Contemplation

Do you sense that men are eager to awaken their sacred masculine, their deeper selves, in response to the challenges of our times?  How best to do this?

Recommended Reading

The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine

To awaken what Fox calls “the sacred masculine,” he unearths ten metaphors, or archetypes, ranging from the Green Man, an ancient pagan symbol of our fundamental relationship with nature,  to the Spiritual Warrior….These timeless archetypes can inspire men to pursue their higher calling to connect to their deepest selves and to reinvent the world.“Every man on this planet should read this book — not to mention every woman who wants to understand the struggles, often unconscious, that shape the men they know.”
— Rabbi Michael Lerner, author of The Left Hand of God

Source: Inviting Men to Their Deeper Selves – Daily Meditations with Matthew Fox

Daily Meditations with Matthew Fox: Men in Search of the Divine Feminine

Recently, while lecturing (on Zoom) about the need to balance the sacred feminine with the sacred masculine, a man asked me: “How do you recommend men entertain more the divine feminine?”
It is a good question.

photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

I offered one answer yesterday in my sharing on Francis of Assisi because he truly stands out as a man who had an amazing balance of the feminine and the masculine.  It is so much in evidence in his poem on Brother Sun as I indicated in the video where I read much of the poem.  He found the divine feminine (but also the masculine) in nature.

So that is one answer: Check nature out.  And look for its feminine aspects—which are everywhere.

It is important to put our hunting-gathering instincts into answering that question, for a patriarchal culture has so flooded us with the uber masculine that we can find, in such a fog, neither the healthy masculine nor the feminine.

This is where praying the feminine names for divinity such as we have been meditating on for weeks becomes a meaningful—and important—exercise.

Such a practice brings the feminine back to one’s own consciousness.

So too is realizing our own mysticism.  Mysticism itself is feminine, as Dorothee Soelle described it.  Mysticism “comes closest to overcoming the hierarchical masculine concept of God….The mystical certainty that nothing can separate us from the love of God grows when we ourselves become one with love by placing ourselves, freely and without guarantee of success, on the side of love.”

The male mystics are very good at this (as are women mystics)

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