Faire bouillir la marmite

French singer Serge Lama was born on February 11, 1943. His most famous song, “Je suis malade” has been recorded by numerous artists including Dalida and Lara Fabian, but I think Lama does it best. His father had to give up being a professional musician in order to put food on the table, and Lama swore he’d make it where his father hadn’t. Lama started the tough cicuit of a cabaret performer anywhere in France where he could get a microphone. He was discovered by Barbara and was asked to open for Georges Brassens. His meteoric rise was almost ended by a near fatal car accident that killed his girlfriend and put him in long-term rehabilitation. He came back with a vengeance and threw himself into a personal project – the life of Napoleon. The musical was a huge success with over 1 million spectators. He stepped aside from a singing career to pursue acting for a time, but continues to pack concert halls when he performs live. He also wrote a book in 2007, Sentiment, Sexe, Solitude.

Today’s expression, faire bouillir la marmite (fair booear lah marmeet) means “to make the pot boil.” Our expression is “to bring home the bacon.” With the addition of talent and a lot of luck, Lama’s hard work has paid off and resulted in a rich, multi-faceted career.

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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