Wednesday, March 07, 2007

La Vie En Rose

Are you familiar with Edith Piaf's songs ? La vie en rose? Non, je ne regrette rien? Last Wednesday the Alliance Française de Sydney organised a Love song evening. Sylvie (here at left) was a very passionate singer, the violonist and guitarist were excellent too. Many of us found themselves singing along to those all-time favourites. Another highlight of the evening was the prize ceremony for the Love Letter contest that had been launched on Valentine's day. My good friends Emmanuelle and Jeremy (she a French girl and he an Australian) both won a prize for the letter they had written to each other, isn't that sweet ?
Now treat yourself to a beauty:
listen to Edith Piaf's original song La vie en rose ! (1954)

Mercredi dernier l'Alliance Française de Sydney donnait une soirée spéciale 'chansons d'amour'. On nous a ressorti Piaf d'abord bien sûr - les australiens savent-ils que nous avons eu quelques chanteurs de talent après elle ? Mais nous n'allions pas bouder notre plaisir et c'est avec ferveur que francophiles et francophones ont repris tous en choeur La vie en rose, Je ne regrette rien, Les feuilles mortes d'Yves Montand ou Dansons joue contre joue d'Aznavour. Ensuite on a annoncé les gagnants du grand concours des lettres d'amour lancé le 14 février dernier, jour de la Saint Valentin. Mes amis Emmanuelle et Jeremy (elle française, lui australien) ont chacun gagné un prix pour la lettre qu'ils avaient adressé à l'autre. C'est pas une belle histoire ça ? Allez faites-vous plaisir, écoutez l'original d'Edith Piaf (1954) et chantez avec elle La vie en rose !

26 comments:

isabella said...
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isabella said...

Edith singing "en rose" and the beautiful birds "en vert" - Have a Rainbow Birthday, Nathalie!

Tony Morris said...

isn't she just brilliant?
mai moi, je regrette beaucoup! but then not many don't.

Dsole said...

oh yes, I like that song!
Classic are sooo special... this had to be an special event!

isabella said...

What a fun evening, it seems! And the guitarist wearing a beret...

I tried singing along, but I can't roll my rrrrrrrrrrr's ;-)

alice said...

Tant qu'à voir la vie en rose, j'aimerais bien lire les lettres gagnantes du concours...A propos de lettres, celles qu'il faut taper ici depuis peu sont beaucoup moins drôles...

Jilly said...

Wonderful Natalie! Fantastic post and congratulations on Best Australian/New Zealand photoblog!

Great stuff. Felicitations!

Amities - Jilly x

Kala said...

that is a sweet story - I have this song on my iPod - its such a beautiful song!!! Its from the movie Sabrina??? hmm I dunno but thats how I learned of the song - lovely post!

BTW, the camera I use is a Cnon S3 LS - its a great camera but kinda bulky so not one of those you can squeeze in your pocket unless u have a huge pocket but its got great zoom - I believe any of the canon S series cameras are good for what you need while not as pricey as the SLR cameras. Good luck with your search - go online and you will sure to find a bargain! =)

Sally said...

Hi Nathalie. Computer back with new hard drive, and this time an additional external hard drive for saving stuff...we lost everything! Been busy reinstalling things, and trying to recover photos from websites where published as journals etc. A reality check in the fine art of backing up!

ruth said...

It's very nice that you have the French Alliance there so you can get together with your compatriots. Congrats to your friends for their letters.

What's this that Jilly wrote about the best new Australian photoblog??

Thank you for the Edith Piaf song, how wonderful to listen to it today. I'm glad you're feeling better and that you had a fun birthday.

Jing said...

:)
beautiful song, hee hee, i cant understand honestly, but the rhythm is wonderful....
:))

jing

Ming_the_Merciless said...

Sounds like you guys had a nice time at the concert. I am looking forward to the French movie about Edith Piaf that Eric from Paris DP posted.

Carmi said...

Mme. Piaf was a major force in Quebec's cultural scene when I was growing up. What a gift!

I found your link on Susan's site. It's very nice to meet you, and I look forward to reading more.

Bonne fete!

Carmi

Kuanyin said...

Mahalo for including this YouTube video so I could see what she looked like....what a beautiful being and song!

Olivier said...

une belle histoire sur une belle chanson. voila un beau post. j'espere que ton anniversaire c'est bien passé et que tu as ete gatée

hpy said...

Je pourrais l'écouter longtemps.

Anonymous said...

les beaux textes d'amour ne vieillissent pas,Verlaine, Musset et Victor Hugo, mais aussi les belles chansons sont éternelles, et traduites dans bien des langues, a quand la version de Louis Amstrong de la vie en rose si émouvante... Attention, quand vous verrez le film La mome, c'est dur et l'image d'E.Piaf est moins belle que celle que nous gardons !Maman

M.Benaut said...

I just love Edith and her songs. We replay them all the time. Thank you for that and also the rainbow Lorikeets. They are beautiful.

edwin s said...

Oh Edith!

Did you know Nathalie, the Alliance Francaise de KL is 2 doors away from my house? The annual fetes are so much fun!

photowannabe said...

How very beautiful. Thank you Natalie. I always enjoy your posts.

angela said...

Isn't there a film out about the life of Piaf? My daughter wants to see it...it's called La Mome.
Angela

Nathalie said...

So glad you all sang along!
Yes, there is a movie about the life of Edith Piaf currently being released, I understand it's about the dark side of her life...

And yes Alice it would have been lovely to have the love letters read out loud to us, or displayed, but they remained hidden - that was a disappointment!

Kala thanks for the info, I'm making progress in my search I think!

Sally, good to see you back on tracks and I'll think about saving my photos, which I haven't done so far!

Ben said...

I can tell from your picture, it is very nice concert!

Cergie said...

J'ai eu la chance de voir l'expo à l'hotel de ville de paris avec des objets personnels de piaf
Mes enfants qui ont fait de la musique m'ont expliqué que le rhytme (je ne sais plus quel) de certaines de ses chansons est envoutant Maintenant ils sont incapables de me réexpliquer et moi je suis incapable de bien me souvenir

Anonymous said...

Hi N

Sylvie Boisel said...

Hi Nathalie, I am the singer of the photograph. Yes, Edith Piaf, her songs are so beautiful. And belong to the collective memory of French but also for some of them, to the collective memory of the hearth. I hear your speech however and I hope well in a few months to also sing Barbara, Brel and ...........
Des propositions???
Kind regards
Sylvie Boisel www.myspace.com/sylvieboisel