The erotic songs lost in translation

When Serge Gainsbourg died in 1991, France’s then-president François Mitterrand mourned the loss of “our Baudelaire, our Apollinaire,” the man who had “elevated song to the level of art.” In a career spanning five decades, Gainsbourg embraced everything from chanson, mambo and yé yé to rock, reggae and electronica, incorporating lyrics that were in turn profound, witty or provocative and at times utterly obscene. Frequently employing ingenious wordplay that would give the lyrics two, if not three different meanings his compositions remain wholly original and uniquely out of time [ . . . ]

More at: BBC – Culture – The erotic songs lost in translation

Jane Birkin to Perform Symphonic Tribute to Serge Gainsbourg at Carnegie Hall

Actress, singer, songwriter and fashion icon Jane Birkin will perform Birkin/Gainsbourg: Le symphonique-her tribute to late husband Serge Gainsbourg-with a symphonic orchestra at Carnegie Hall on February 1. The concert marks Birkin’s first U.S. performance since 2011 and is part of an extensive international concert tour that has seen her playing to full houses in Montreal, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Paris and London, among many other cities.
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Paris, Day One: Rain on the Roof of the Pomme Store

Our first full day in Paris began with a unexpected trip to the Apple Store in the fashionable Saint Germain neighborhood, where Miles Davis once romanced actress/singer Juliet Greco and where Linda was now romancing the cash registers at  several dress shops. I mistakenly left my MacBook power adapter on the plane, so I needed to get a replacement. Voila! We were in and out of the Pomme Store with a brand new power adapter tout de suite, but the rain downpour made us seek shelter for an early lunch and glass of wine. Our meal of lamb, cheese and ratatouille was lovely, and although the rain wouldn’t stop,  the way it made her look made me hope it rained some more (merci, John Sebastian).

Rain On the Roof  was a great sixties-era tune. Best French song about the rain? How about this one sung by Jane Berkin with help from the great gypsy/punk band Les Negresses Vertes – La Gadoue.

After lunch, we did some shopping and then onto the Musée d ‘Orsay for their fantastic Portraits of Cézanne exhibit. More on that tomorrow!

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