Beltuner – “Improbable” – (2008)

A few weeks ago I posted this song – but with no way for you to hear it. I’ve fixed that. Enjoy.

Beltuner – “No Comment (Original)” – (2008)

A few weeks ago, I posted the song “Improbable” by French group Beltuner. I had no link to the song for you to hear and have since remedied that issue. I’ll feature that song on Wednesday, but today is something new: “No Comment.” It’s your standard Parisian café music. ‘Standard’ sounds like a bad thing, but in this case it isn’t.

Joe Dassin – “Les Champs-Elysées” – (1969)

Joe Dassin was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to France at some point in his life. And he wrote a bunch of songs about it – this one probably being the most famous. The song is about the famous Avenue des Champs-Élysées that runs through Paris and the Arc de Triopmhe which was built by Napoleon. It’s also the street where the big celebrations occurred when Paris was liberated during World War II. The song is quite catchy considering I have no idea what he’s saying and it’s one of – if not the – song that reminds me of Paris.

Yann Tiersen – “L’Autre Valse d’Amelie” – (2001)

So we’re taking a break from the 80’s for a while. Over the next 6-8 weeks we’ll be covering (and possibly introducing) songs that correspond with my travels that took place one short year ago. I took a grand European tour last summer that started June 9th. This thing starts a few days later but we’ll cover the same ground. So, for every country I went to we’ll be covering songs that either I listened to/discovered while I was there or songs that exemplify the region – which is what this song does. Amelie is one of my favorite films and this is one of the more popular original pieces composed by French musician Yann Tiersen for the film. I spent the first weekend and the following week in Le Mans then Nantes, France. Paris came the following week and this is the type of music I expected to hear on every street corner. Needless to say it didn’t happen. I found that Paris is much more magical in the movies.