Tag Archives: Léo Ferré

Gare au gorille

French singer and songwriter Georges Brassens was born in the south of France on October 22, 1921. He is known for his thoughtful lyrics, and he has also written music for poems by writers as diverse as Guillaume Apollinaire and … Continue reading

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Le beau est toujours bizarre

French poet Charles Baudelaire was born on April 9, 1821. His early life was marked by the death of his much older father, a brief time as the apple of Mommy’s eye, and his mother’s re-marriage to a diplomat. Baudelaire … Continue reading

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Il est grand temps de rallumer les étoiles

If you’ve ever said, “It was so surreal,” you’ve been echoing Guillaume Apollinaire, born August 26, 1880, poet, writer, art critic, and yes, surrealist, who coined the term. His mother was a Polish immigrant and his grandfather was a commander … Continue reading

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Le seul honneur pour un artiste, c’est de n’en pas avoir

Léo Ferré, one of the greatest French language wordsmiths of the 20th century was born on August 24, 1916 in Monaco. One of his most haunting songs is Avec le temps, first recorded in 1970, shown here with the original … Continue reading

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