Category Archives: Music

Racine Carrée

The new album of Belgian singer Stromae, Racine Carrée, has just been released. Stromae was born Paul Van Haver on March 12, 1985. Stromae is an inversion of the syllables in the word “maestro,” a type of slang known as … Continue reading

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À la folie

Les Francofolies, the annual music and performance festival, is coming to New York with a tribute to Édith Piaf at the Beacon Theater on September 19. Two more shows will take place at “The Standard” hotel in the East Village … Continue reading

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Un Piano à queue

I played the piano for many years, until I finally acknowledged that I was never going to be a particularly good pianist. Still, piano music and pianos themselves retain a fond place in my heart. France has produced some of the best … Continue reading

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Bête comme ses pieds

I’m used to feeling like I live under a rock, surrounded as I am by teenagers who are aware of the latest in all things. It happened again, recently. I’d vaguely heard of the group Daft Punk, but I hadn’t … Continue reading

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Après la pluie, le beau temps

Lately both France and the United States have been ravaged by terrible weather. The Burgundy region around Dijon was devastated by flash floods that wiped out homes and businesses in minutes. A two mile-wide swath of Oklahoma was erased by a powerful … Continue reading

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Sous le ciel de Paris

Putumayo, purveyor of international mix CDs, has come out with a new French title: Vintage France. Because my recent visit with students did nothing to assuage my immense soif for all things French, I thought this CD might be just what … Continue reading

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La Reine du Music-Hall

French actress and singer Mistinguett was born on April 5, 1875 under the name Jeanne Bourgeois. In her day, she was at one time the best-paid female entertainer in the world. She came from the proverbial humble background. From a … Continue reading

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