Friday, October 26, 2012

Music Video Round-Up for last wk of Oct--5 from France

During the early 1990s, people in the American music industry made fun of French music when the French government passed a law that French radio stations needed to devote airwaves to French music.  Then world music came along, and we learned that France had more to offer than sappy pop music, and the strains of Edith Piaf.

In fact, if you pick up French music compilations by Putumayo or Rough Guides for music, you'll find a banquet of French music ranging from world to jazz, to klezmer, and avante garde.  And let's not forget the world of classical music.  After all, two of my favorite composers, Debussy and Ravel hail from France.  And on some days, I need to hear Piaf belt out a Parisian chanson or listen to Django's French swing.

Let's start out with the eclectic Lo'Jo from Angers, France.  This video is several years old, but I like the song.

1.  Lo'Jo,

2. Christoph Rousset, baroque harpsichord,

3. The French actress Sandrine Kiberlain following a French pop tradition

4. Paroplapi, traditional music of Provence,

5. Edith Piaf, a French classic,

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