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Victoire de la musique

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Whilst the The Brit Awards are coming around quickly (i.e. this Saturday 24th February), last Friday France was awarding its pop artists.

You could see on their faces the joy of being recognised by the industry. There were those who, too modest or moved, to remained impassive as Louane. The singer just held her trophy against her heart and made a really touching speech.

Conversely, there were those not even trying to contain their joy and roll on the ground like Santa from Hyphen Hyphen, definitely not the shy type!

Others had tearful eyes as they couldn’t believe it like Yael Naim.

There were also those who make short speeches, those who made engaged speech such as Nekfeu who spoke of a refugee charity, a cause that is close to his heart.

Finally, we had those like The Innocents who received an award after 20 years of absence.

In short, the 31th ceremony of the Victoires de la Musique, last Friday was full of emotions with a wide variety of artists from the past and current!

Here are their winning songs, enjoy!

Artiste masculin de l’année (Male Solo Artist) : Vianney

Artiste féminine de l’année (Female Solo Artist): Yael Naim

Album révélation (Breakthrough act – Album): Chambre 12, Louane

Groupe ou artiste révélation scène (Breakthrough act – Performance): Hyphen Hyphen

Chanson originale de l’année (Original Song of the year): Sapés comme jamais, Maître Gims

Album Chanson de l’année (Album of the year): De l’amour, Johnny Hallyday

Album Rock de l’année (Rock Album of the year): Mandarine, Les Innocents

Album Musiques urbaines de l’année (Hip Hop/Urban Album of the year): Feu, Nekfeu

Album Musiques électroniques de l’année (Electronic Music of the year):  The wanderings of the Avener, The Avener

Album Musiques du monde de l’année (World Music of the year): Homeland, Hindi Zahra

Clip vidéo de l’année (Video Clip of the year)  & Spectacle musical / Tournée / Concert (Show/Tour/Concert of the year) : Christine And The Queens – Tournée des Zéniths

20 things Paris has that London should get ASAP!!!!

Je t’aime Paris ❤

I have lived in London for four years now and I’ve been in an up and down friendly relationship with this city. But one day, I realised that my feelings had changed, I was in love with the city. I basically fell in love with London; with its character, its unpredictability and its own special beauty and sensitivity under the rain. However, I have and will always have an affair with my first love Paris. Just because London has a few things to acquire for me to be 100% faithful (mentioned in no particular order :)):

Number 1: More terraces! I know, you’ll say why on earth should we have plenty of terraces when we can count over one hand the number of sunny days in this country (I’ve been amazingly surprised by this summer though)  we seriously need more terrace, sick of being hit & kick by bottoms and shoulders  of the passersby  risking an indelible wine stain!

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Number 2: what a miss!!! Café/croissant culture: this is the most enjoying moment of a working day, having a double espresso with a croissant (without butter please, that is just a sin!!!!!!!!) in a Café before heading at work! A délice terribly missing in London!!!!!

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Number 3: more healthy places to eat in: Mc Donald, KFC, Burger King, Super King Burger, Friend Chicken Champion, fish and chips, fish and chips and fish and chips…. I am glad that PRET is up to this level but God, I’d love to eat in more healthy places enjoying a nice and healthy fillet mignon.

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Number 4: lounges and classy places which doesn’t cost a hand: I love pubs; they are affordable, full of energy and quite comfy… But where I’d be more please with a loungy romantic, dark lighting place with nice chilling music at affordable prices Nowhere to be find in London!

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Number 5: Frogs and snails in more restaurants and shops: Yummy! Healthy! And full of proteins! Miam, Miam…

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Number 6: vomit-free streets on Sunday mornings: OMG I have never seen so much human soups in my life… Try to have a run around 7am a Sunday morning around Oxford Circus or Picca; you’ll be surprised how colourful the pavements can be! It will turn you off from pizzas for 5 lives…

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Number 7: I can’t believe that in a big city as busy as London, most of the standard night life ends at 2am ot 3am max!!!! Come on… Is it a curfew? In Paris the typical night life ends minimum around 5/6am.

Ooooops, just changed my mind for the sake of the country!!!!! This might increase the level of alcohol overdose.

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Number 8: I want to eat a magret de canard at 3am in a very nice restaurant if I want to. After 10pm in London, you can’t eat a real and healthy meal but a burger in a dubious place and crying for stomach pain the following day.

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Number 9: A love reality show at number 10! Just because… We love drama!

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Number 10: More vintage market (Ref Marche de Clignancourt). Ok, ok… There are a few jewels in London but what is the equivalent of the 3 hectares, 2500 stands Parisian Marché de Clignancourt in London? Still to create…

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Number 11: La tour Eiffel: because Elle (it) worth it !

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Number 12: Real French kisses:

I am going to add a lot of enemy on my list by saying this but my dear British gentlemen, I haven’t met anyone (so far) giving me a better kiss than my worse (but not too bad after all) French kiss in Paris. Just can’t keep up!

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Number 13: Le Moulin Rouge, because London needs to sexy up a bit!

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Number 14: A London version of “Inna Modja” with her successful song French Cancan. Soooooo Parisian!!!

Number 15: Real fresh baguette! Sorry Tesco/Asda/Waitrose and others… You just can’t keep up!

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Number 16: The Jambon/Beurre, the simplest, easiest (to make), healthiest sandwich on earth!

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Number 17: Ready-to eat Chinese :

I miss those windows full of Asian food showcased like shoes… So appetising…

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Number 18: Pâtes au foie gras, the healthiest fatty greasy food on earth!

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Number 19: Love cadenas on Le Pont des Arts, Paris 4e

Tellement Paris, tellement romantic… We love being in love, feeling loved, demonstrate love in love….

Number 20: 

Le Parisien

I am not sure about this, but does London have its own city magazine? The thing I am sure of is that it’s not as popular as Le Parisien (one million copies sold daily) in Paris… We just love it! And we absolutely love their advertisements which show with humour our boldness and how we are… To read without moderation ….

Le Parisien, il vaut mieux l’avoir en journal  => Le Parisien, it is better to have it as newspaper

To see without moderation ;))

Bye frog lovers xxx

2011 French review: if u loved 2011, u’ll adore 2012!

Happy 2012 to all of you guys! I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas break and had a fantastic time with family and friends.  As far as I am concerned I have been in France for Christmas and in Spain to celebrate the New Year and we had a lot of fun down there.

In France, I have been around family and friends talking about all that happened in France in 2011 and trying to understand people point of view and how people felt of Sarkozy’s reign.

This time I’ve stayed long enough to become “French” again and getting back this so missed mentality, way of living and the current “cultural trends”. But, I have to say something, I felt good! I felt good amongst my people and it was as if I had never left “Douce France le pays de mon enfance”. 😀

2011 has been mixed and controversial for France politically, historically and socially. The country has met some good and bad vibes, let review it rapidly.

Let’s start by the futilities.

1.       Music

The French musical review!

I will put aside all the music and international authors everyone knows (i.e. Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna…).  Here I will focus on new French artists of the year and bestselling French singles.

This is the first song I want to Introduce you. It’s “logobitombo” interpreted by Moussier Tombola. It Was The Buzz of the Year in France and a fantastic and unexpected success. It’s a very funny song Which invites the dancer to dance “Sean Paul” dance with a “submachine gun” position and if meet jealous people around you, Moussier Tombola invite you to do the “Ferme-la” gesture (shut up gesture). To Listen Without moderation.

Below, a classic and chic French representative Vanessa Paradis that I do not need to introduce with La Seine featuring M who won a “Victoire de la musique” the equivalent of the national Brit award.

Another French classic artist Laurent Voulzy with Jeanne. In case you don’t know him, Voulzy is a French singer and composer. Also, he is best known for his collaborative song writing efforts with singer/songwriter Alain Souchon and his solo singing career, which spanned several successful albums and song including Rockollection.

A young and successful artist from France M. Pokora with a song called «en attendant la fin” translate “Waiting for the end. Mathieu was born in Strasbourg, France commonly known as M. Pokora or Matt Pokora, is a French singer and songwriter. He’s the son of professional footballer André Tota but he’s best known for his participation in the third season of Popstars, a French talent reality television show broadcast on M6. The concept of the program was to present possible candidates the winners of which would take part in the formation of a boy band or girl band. He was a crowd and jury favourite became a member of a boy band called Linkup formed with Lionel and Otis, two other winners in 2003 Popstars. The French rumours say that is in fact gay and his potential boyfriend is the footballer Djibril Cissé. True? I hope no.

I wish I had more time to introduce you to all the French talents but this is the last one, I love her style. This is Inna Modja with French Cancan (Monsieur Sainte Nitouche). It’s just a pity that she sings in English and not more in French. Quick prez,  Inna was born in Bamako, Mali of a Fulani family of seven children of which she is the last, Inna Bocoum was named artist Inna Modja the nickname given to it by his mother, which means “Inna is wrong “in Fulani.

In June 2011 her new single “French Cancan” became one of the tubes of the summer of 2011, positioning itself at the top # 1 TV, Radio # 5 on top and # 3 in Top 50 singles. Building on its success, it offers a second single “La Fille Du Lido” and the album Love Revolution November 7, 2011.

2. Sport

The World Athletics Championships 2011 in Daegu, South Korea:  4 medals for France and 25 for Americans (surprised???).  First medal for the 200m is for Christophe Lemaitre and is made of bronze. The second is for Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad (3000m), also in bronze. The third was won by Renaud Lavillenie in the pole vault, also in bronze; it is one of the French disappointments as the target was the gold medal. However, we have big winners of this championship were Tinmar, Lemaitre, and Lesourd Vicaut who won the silver medal after a magnificent race 4x100m relay men.

Let’s talk about tennis now, as the French tennismen ended the year with four representatives in the Top 20 – a record – a quartet led by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga author of a remarkable late season notably with his game with Roger Federer in the Masters in London.  And there are 3 other players in the Top 20 Gilles Simon, Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet. For the first time, we have some big potential to reach the gold medal in 2012!

A few words about football and the team of France, 13 matches played, 7 won and 6 null results, an unbeaten run which has now reached 17 games, a qualification for Euro 2012, having finished in first place of its group. The year 2011 in the France team has been successful. Nationally speaking, the club champion for the year 2010-2011 is the LOSC, winning after 38 games in front of the Olympique de Marseille and Olympique Lyonnais. I would have preferred Paris, but the club will have to recruit big players and I think of more readjustments, it is not won yet!

3.       French meteorological review

Exceptional average temperature for 2011 with three remarkable events: an exceptionally hot and dry spring, a July remarkably cool and rainy, Mediterranean sequences of heavy rain fall, causing serious flooding in the South East France.

4.       Economic review

The year 2011 began greatly for the French economy. But it ends with a threat of recession, while the government had to implement two different austerity plans

In spring 2011, all seem to be acceptable for the French economy, decent employment figures and productivity untying the budget constraint, and strengthening the goal of reducing unemployment. Business leaders showed a strong confidence with the economy.

But during the summer, the market started to boil. The United States lose their triple A and the sovereign debt crisis in the euro area threatens to spread. François Fillon announced an emergency plan of 12 billion euros.

But two months later, the plan seemed already obsolete. The debt crisis spreads, market pressure rises and business leaders hinder their investment and stopped hiring. 2% growth forecast already fallen to 1.75% in late August and decreased to 1%. On November 7, a new recovery plan of 7 billion was announced for 2012 marked by the acceleration of the pension reform and tax increases.

While the executives wanted to defend at any cost the French triple-A, they were forced to radically change their speech a month later when Standard & Poor’s placed all the countries of the euro area on “surveillance” threatening  France of a deterioration of its mark by two ranks.

Also, as per the last figures received, the unemployment figures in France in November 2011 were again very bad.  The number of unemployed rose sharply in last November. Job offers are too low to stop this movement and the number of unemployed reached 9.8% meaning 2.9 million of French population. It is important to note that countries gaining the highest number of unemployed in Europe are Spain (5.3 million) followed by France (2.9 million), Germany (2.3 million) and Italy (2.1 million).

Finally, a nearly 75 billion euros expected, the trade deficit of France has reached a new level this year, breaking his record of 2008 (- 56.2 billion). This degradation is due to soaring energy bills related to the price of Brent, but also by a growing loss of competitiveness in the industry.

5.       Political review

Chichi our chouchou, Primary election for the left wing, DSK, political rearrangements, and senatorial elections.

On February 27, 2011, big changes occurred in the French political picture. After six weeks of controversy on the trip to Tunisia of Michele Alliot-Marie, the head of the state replaced its foreign minister by Alain Juppé, who became the new leader of government.

Hortefeux also left the government and Claude Gueant became the new interior minister.

Exceptional fact in 2011, the left has a majority in the Senate; it is a first under the Fifth Republic and the first time since 1958. in parallel, the PS won the cantonal and a lot of people consider it as “a warning to the UMP and Nicolas Sarkozy ‘ for the next election. French people are not happy, they’re suffering and they want the politics to know that.

Moreover, with nearly 2.7 million voters on October 9 and October 16 the primary election (Primaire socialiste) organised by the Socialist Party was a success for the supporters of the left wing. François Hollande emerged victorious face to Martine Aubry and will be the candidate of PS to face Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2012 presidential election.

And even though, François Hollande began 2011 as the left wing outsider, he finished the year with the status of favourite for the presidential election. He is leading in all polls and could win the second round by 56% to 58% of the vote. The former first secretary of the PS has been lucky as his status today is due to the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, major favourite, at the beginning of the year. The polls announced DSK as the President of France. This was before the case Nafissatou Diallo or the case Tristane Banon or the newest case of the Carlton hotel in Lille … If this is democracy and freedom, DSK has lost everything: his honour, the IMF and all his and his wife ambitions.

BREAKING and FUNNY NEWS:  our former president Jacques Chirac was sentenced to two years suspended sentence in the case of fictitious employees of the City of Paris. Chichi (as Frenchies call him) will not appeal his conviction.

Really, I could write hours on what happened in France in 2011 but I think I’ve been through the most important part of Frenchies’ lives.  I hope the best for all of us in 2012 with a special though for my French “compatriots”!

JOYEUSES ANNEE A VOUS TOUS. ENORMES BISOUS DE FRENCHATTITUDE ❤

Ledisi – Pieces Of Me

This is my musical “coup de coeur” of the week.

I introduce you Ledisi a very talented american singer.

Ledisi Anibade Young is an American recording artist, singer-songwriter, record producer, CEO and actress. Her first name means “to bring forth” or “to come here” in Yoruba.Ledisi is known for her jazz influenced vocals. In 1995, Ledisi formed the group known as Anibade. After unsuccessfully trying to get the group signed to a major label, she formed LeSun Records with Sundra Manning. Along with her group Anibade, Ledisi released an album entitled Take Time. The album gained major airplay from local American radio stations.

In 2000, Ledisi released her first album, entitled Soulsinger: The Revival. Ledisi and her group toured in 2001, performing various shows. In 2002, Ledisi released her second album, Feeling Orange but Sometimes Blue. The album won her an award for “Outstanding Jazz Album” at the California Music Awards.

 

In 2007, Ledisi signed a major record deal with Verve Forecast and released her third album in August of that year, entitled Lost & Found, which sold almost 217,000 copies and earned her two Grammy nominations, including one for Best New Artist. In 2008, Ledisi released her Christmas album, It’s Christmas.

 

In 2009, Ledisi released her fourth album Turn Me Loose, which earned her 2 Grammy nominations.

Ledisi is currently touring with R&B/soul singer Kem on his North American INTIMACY Tour. On March 10, 2011, during her opening act in Atlanta, Georgia, Ledisi announced that she had finished recording her fifth studio album on March 9, 2011. Fans can expect to see it on shelves in the summer of 2011.

 

Her website: www.ledisi.com

 

Sources: Wikipedia. Pictures from http://www.musicremedy.com

Mc Solaar, Bouge de là !

Words about MC Solaar:

Claude M’Barali was born in Dakar, Senegal to parents of Chadian origin. When he was six months old his parents immigrated to France where they eventually settled in the Paris suburb of Villeneuve-Saint-Georges. He studied languages at the Jussieu university campus and was a post-graduate in philosophy. He released his first single in 1990.

Music:

In summer 1991, Solaar and his friend Jimmy Jay went in Paris in hopes of succeeding in the music industry and released his first single, Bouge de là (“Move out of My Way”). It’s very important to know that Solaar is the first rapper to be commercially known in France. He opened so many doors to the rappers and hip hop/RNB singers of today. Solaar is one of the most internationally popular and influential French rappers and his song “La Belle et le bad boy” (translate The Beauty and the bad boy) is featured in the last episode of Sex in the city showing that he is part of the French music culture.

Lyrics and Music by Jimmy Jay and Mc Solaar

Paroles:

Tout a commencé là-bas, dans la ville qu’on appelle Maisons-Alfort
Quand je vois une fatma chelou qui fait bouger son corps
Elle me dit: “Claude M.C., viens là qu’j’te donne du réconfort.”
J’ai dit: “Non-merci, c’est très gentil mais je n’mange pas d’porc…”
Elle m’a fait:

“Bouge de là. Bouge, bouge de là. Bouge, bouge, bouge de là.”

J’continue mon trajet, j’arrive vers la Gare de Lyon
Quand je vois un gars qui se dit vraiment très fort comme un lion
Il me dit: “Claude M.C., est-ce que tu veux qu’on s’boxe ?”
Ses hématomes étaient plus gros qu’les seins de Samantha Fox !
Il m’a fait:

“Bouge de là. Bouge, bouge de là. Bouge, bouge, bouge de là.”

Ma voisine de palier, elle s’appelle Cassandre,
Elle a un petit chien qu’elle appelle Alexandre.
Elle me dit: “Claude M.C., est-ce que tu peux le descendre ?”
J’ai pris mon Magnum, j’ai dû mal comprendre.
Elle m’a fait:

“Bouge de là. Bouge, bouge de là. Bouge, bouge, bouge de là.”

Directement, j’suis allé chez Lucie,
Qui aime les chiens, les chats et Trente Millions d’Amis.
Elle me dit: “T’aimes les animaux, toi mon super M.C. ?”
J’ai dit: “oui j’adore, avec du sel et bien cuits !”
Elle m’a fait:

“Bouge de là. Bouge, bouge de là. Bouge, bouge, bouge de là.”

Plus tard, dans le métro y a un charclo qui traîne,
Il me raconte toute sa vie, il me dit qu’il vient de Rennes.
Ensuite, il me dit qu’il pue, qu’il faudrait qu’il se baigne…
J’lui dis: “Jette-toi dans l’égout, t’arrives direct dans la Seine !”
Il m’a fait:

“Bouge de là. Bouge, bouge de là. Bouge, bouge, bouge de là.”

J’continue mon trajet, j’arrive vers le boul’vard Barbès
Quand j’vois un de mes amis qui venait de Marrakech
Il me dit: “Arwah, arwah, j’t’achète des rap en dinars.”
J’ai dit: “Non, je veux des dollars car on m’appelle Solaar.”
Il m’a fait:

“Bouge de là. Bouge, bouge de là. Bouge, bouge, bouge de là.”

Alors, j’ai bougé; j’ai dû m’en aller, partir, bifurquer,
J’ai dû m’évader, j’ai dû m’enfuir, j’ai dû partir, j’ai dû m’éclipser,
J’ai dû me camoufler, j’ai dû disparaître… Pour réapparaître.

Oh ! Oh ! Bouge de là.
Bouge de là.

TRANSLATION:

Move Out of My Way, Move Out of My Way, Move Out of My Way. Move Out of My Way. Move Out of My Way

Everything has started over there, in the town which is called Maisons-Alfort
When I see a weird fatma who moves her body

She says:”Mc Solaar come over here that I give you some comfort ”
I said: ” No thanks, it is really nice from you but I don’t eat pork ”
She told me: ” Move Out of My Way, Move Out of My Way, Move out of my way”

I continue my journey and reach Lyon station when I see a bloke who claims to be as strong like a lion
He says to me:  Claude MC, do you want us to box? ”
His bruises were bigger than Samantha Fox’s breasts
He told me: ” Move out of My Way, Move out of My Way, Move out of My Way, Move Out of My Way”

My doorstep neighbour called Cassandre
She owns a little dog that she named Alexandre
She says to me: ” Claude MC can you walk him ”
(pun: the actual verb used it “to descend” in FR, “descendre”, i.e. take the dog downstairs in order to walk it, double meaning, “descendre” can also mean to kill someone)
I took my gun, I must have misunderstood
She told me: ” Move Out of My Way, Move Out of My Way, Move Out of My Way, Move Out of My Way”

Directly, I went to Lucie’s who loves dogs, cats, and “30 millions d’amis
(30 millions d’amis used to be a French TV show broadcasted on national television about pets’ lovers)
She says to me: “do you love animals, you my super MC?”
I said to her: yes I adore them, with salt and well cooked!”
She told me: “Move Out of My Way, Move Out of My Way, Move Out of My Way, Move Out of My Way, Move Out of My Way”

Later, in the metro there is a hobo wandering,
He tells me about his whole life, he tells he’s from Rennes.

Then, he says to me that he stinks, that he needs to bathe…
I say ” throw yourself in the sewer you directly reach the Seine river ”
He told me: “Move Out of My Way, Move Out of My Way, Move out of my way”

Source from Wikipedia and picture from

😉

As a big Sex in the city fan

Francis Cabrel lyrics: Il Faudra Leur Dire Lyrics

Music and lyrics by Francis Cabrel, 1987.

My first post concerning French music is about a song from Francis Cabrel called “il faudra leur dire”, translation “It’ll be necessary to say to Them”. It is a song that we use to learn at school. I was 7 when I learned it.

If that song is about tolerance, it reminds me of my youth and I believe that most of the French people of my age (in their early thirties) had learned this song at school as well.

At each listening, my heart is full of emotion. This song brings me back to my childhood. It reminds me the innocence that we all had at this age and I remember my child dreams and my life analysis at this time.

Besides, every time I am facing adversity it is one of songs which make me go ahead and take me back to my life objectives and my dreams.

I have little memory of my childhood but this song is associated to the few souvenirs that I have and they remain engraved in my heart.

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Si c’est vrai qu’il y a des gens qui s’aiment
Si les enfants sont tous les mêmes
Alors il faudra leur dire
C’est comme des parfums qu’on respire
Juste un regard facile à faire
Un peu plus d’amour que d’ordinaire
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Puisqu’on vit dans la même lumière
Même s’y a des couleurs qu’ils préfèrent
Nous, on voudrait leur dire
C’est comme des parfums qu’on respire
Juste un regard facile à faire
Un peu plus d’amour que d’ordinaire

3

Juste un peu plus d’amour encore
Pour moins de larmes, pour moins de vide
Pour moins d’hiver

4
Puisqu’on vit dans le creux d’un rêve
Avant qu’ l’amour ne touche nos lèvres
Nous on voudrait leur dire

Les mots que l’on reçoit
C’est comme des parfums qu’on respire
Il faudra leur dire
Facile à faire
Un peu plus d’amour que d’ordinaire

5
Si c’est vrai qu’il y a des gens qui s’aiment
Si les enfants sont tous les mêmes
Alors il faudra leur dire les mots qu’on reçoit
C’est comme des parfums qu’on respire
Il faudra leur dire…

Facile à faire

Translation

1

If it is true that people love each other

If the children are all the same
Then it will be necessary to tell them
It’s like perfumes we breathe
Just a glance, easy to make
A little more love than usual

2

Since we live in the same light
Even if there are colours they prefer
We  would like to tell them
It’s like perfumes we breathe
Just a glance easy to make
A little more love than usual

3

Just a little more love
for less tears, for less emptiness
For less winter
4

Since we live in the hollows of a dream
Before love touch our lips
We would like to tell them
The words that we receive
It’s like  perfumes we breathe
It will be necessary to tell them
Easy to make
A little more love than usual

5
If it is true that people love each other
If the children are all the same ones
Then… it will be necessary to say to them
The words that we receive
It’s like perfumes we breathe
It will be necessary to tell them
Easy to make

Lady Gaga’s ‘Judas’ video appears online

The video for Lady Gaga’s “Judas” the second single off her”Born This Way” album has arrived.

With a rock’n’roll look, a gothic make up and a gangsta rap attitude and gesture, Lady Gaga is more than ever provocative in her new video.

Is her video an offence to Catholic?

No, I just think that the song is a fantastic metaphor and analogy about betrayal, infidelity (?), forgiveness and faith in humanity.

And I love it.

Is Lady is  innovative with this video clip?

I do not think so!  There’s a kind of “Déjà Vu”. As an ultra big fan of Madonna, I have to mention “Like a prayer” which created an engaging postmodern argument about racism, difference and biblical & historical controversies.

I love your song Gaga. However I prefer Madonna’s 😉