One of my favorite new musicians is Zaz, born Isabelle Geffroy. The 21 year-old native of Tours is often compared to Edith Piaf for her heartfelt style, although she’s much jazzier than La Môme. Fittingly, I first heard “La Pluie” on a rainy day; I was totally enchanted and started looking for all of her music. Her immense joie de vivre shines through in “Je veux.” The next time I was in France, a copy of her début album, Zaz, came home with me. That album went number 1 in France and was certified diamond. All the people I’ve loaned the CD to have given it two thumbs up. She recently released a live double album, Zaz: Sans Tsu Tsou after her successful tour. She’s definitely someone to follow.
Today’s expression, tomber de la dernière pluie (tombay duh lah der-knee-air plooee), literally means “to fall with the last rain” and figuratively means to be naïve. I doubt Zaz is naïve and the way she sings about the rain makes me long for cloudy days.