In September, I posted my first youtube video
in my blog and it was a French song by Edith Piaf.
A month later, I saw a poster in the tube station advertising Piaf’s concert. I was really excited that I decided to go for the concert.
However, after reconsidering I changed my mind not to go, to save more money. The decision did not last until I realised that it was actually a play that features her astonishing life story, through her childhood in a brothel, her blindness and miraculous healing at the age of seven, becoming France’s biggest every star, drink, drugs and multiple affairs and husbands.
I began to hesitate if I should fork out money after spending alot for the new home last month. It’s either I go for it or miss it; it is only available until 24th January.
I wanted to write a brief introduction about this French lady, but was lazy to read through her biography from the websites, summarise and rewrite. And why write when there is Google.
So, here’s a short note on Edith Piaf (bla bla bla….)
Edith Piaf is almost universally regarded as France’s greatest popular singer. Still revered as an icon decades after her death, “the Sparrow” served as a touchstone for virtually every chansonnier, male or female, who followed her. Her greatest strength wasn’t so much her technique, or the purity of her voice, but the raw, passionate power of her singing. (Given her extraordinarily petite size, audiences marveled all the more at the force of her vocals.) Her style epitomized that of the classic French chanson: highly emotional, even melodramatic, with a wide, rapid vibrato that wrung every last drop of sentiment from a lyric. She preferred melancholy, mournful material, singing about heartache, tragedy, poverty, and the harsh reality of life on the streets; much of it was based to some degree on her real-life experiences, written specifically for her by an ever-shifting cast of songwriters. Her life was the stuff of legend, starting with her dramatic rise from uneducated Paris street urchin to star of international renown. Along the way, she lost her only child at age three, fell victim to substance abuse problems, survived three car accidents, and took a seemingly endless parade of lovers, one of whom perished in a plane crash on his way to visit her. Early in her career, she chose men who could help and instruct her; later in life, with her own status secure, she helped many of her lovers in their ambitions to become songwriters or singers, then dropped them once her mentorship had served its purpose. By the time cancer claimed her life at age 47, Piaf had recorded a lengthy string of genre-defining classics — “Mon Légionnaire,” “La Vie en Rose,” “L’Hymne à l’Amour,” “Milord,” and “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien” among them — that many of her fans felt captured the essence of the French soul.
One of her songs that was often heard (in Ferror Rocher ad)….
La Vie En Rose
One is not enough….
Hymne A L’amour
p.s. quick! i need to decide asap. not only my money is running out, but also the tickets.
p.p.s. i just booked our tickets to prague in end of january. (i can imagine what my mum is going to say next morning)