La vie Parisienne on YouTube: over 5 million views !! 110,000 likes!
La vie Parisienne features the greatest French stars of the 1930s & 40s. Immerse yourself in the extraordinary richness of the chanson between the 1920s and the 1950s through the compelling talents of many French singers. Over 3.5 million views on YouTube and more than 65 thousand likes!
“… absolutely delightful. All of the songs recall a childhood visit to Paris where Piaf recordings blared out of apartments into the streets. This CD begs to be played and replayed, a veritable joy.” Mrs Feketey
“I have no idea what they’re saying, but i just like to listen to it because it makes me feel like I’m at Paris, like if you want to go to Paris or been there before” YouTube
“This music makes me imagine myself in Paris with the love of my life..watching the Tour Eiffel sparkling at night, walking around the streets, watching sunset while sitting on a chair in Jardin de Tuileries, eating in some little fancy restaurant and watch people walk around” YouTube
“This is my absolute favorite Past Perfect collection, and I let these play when I’m at work. Makes my day easier.” YouTube
The EC and the Channel Tunnel notwithstanding, the twenty-first century finds France and Britain still viewing each other suspiciously across the same twenty-five mile ditch, their centuries-old legacy of political rivalry and mutual opprobrium more or less intact. It does not help that the English insist on addressing their Gallic neighbours in GCSE French – a language unknown in France – and that the French themselves remain doggedly monoglot. However, one curious side-effect of this long-standing trans-Channel information gap is that each side secretly suspects the other of having a superior grasp of the universe, indeed of probably having a better time generally.
Does this mean that much of the mystique surrounding the great French vocalists and French chansons – merely their word for ‘songs’ after all – is the result of wilful Anglo-Saxon self-delusion? The probable answer is yes, given that most of our parents and grandparents would have had few clues as to whether Edith Piaf, Jean Sablon and Charles Trenet were singing about a lost love or a light lunch. However, this in itself is a sort of tribute to a generation of French singers whose talents were compelling enough to bridge the linguistic divide between them and their foreign audience.