Comments on: Music & The French Kids http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/music-the-french-kids/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:00:20 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Friday Link Hootenanny // Fun Things to Browse – Modern Kiddo http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/music-the-french-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-458357 Friday Link Hootenanny // Fun Things to Browse – Modern Kiddo Fri, 26 Apr 2013 08:56:57 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34167#comment-458357 [...] I loved this list that Design Mom Gabrielle post together on popular French music (she and her family are famously living over there!). See the full list here. [...]

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By: sarah jane http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/music-the-french-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-457765 sarah jane Wed, 24 Apr 2013 18:57:58 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34167#comment-457765 I second the Coeur de Pirate request…I’M HUGE fan of her music.

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By: Kyran http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/music-the-french-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-455992 Kyran Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:04:40 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34167#comment-455992 Love this! Can’t wait to share with my kids. Thanks for indulging my curiosity, G. xoxo

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By: Dominique http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/music-the-french-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-455833 Dominique Sat, 13 Apr 2013 22:32:30 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34167#comment-455833 Coeur de pirate is quite big in France (even if she’s from Québec):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heI6UT55ZZ0

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By: Jeanette http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/music-the-french-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-455520 Jeanette Fri, 12 Apr 2013 19:45:08 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34167#comment-455520 I’m so glad I could help! It is a great song. :)

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By: Grania http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/music-the-french-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-455106 Grania Fri, 12 Apr 2013 05:55:03 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34167#comment-455106 I wonder – do the French have a list of so-called “Mondetgreens” (when you hear something in one language and sing something along in your own or the song’s language with a totally different meaning). My daughter here in Germany,who speaks mostly German quite often coins most strange phrases whilst singing along. A List of the German “mishearers” is here http://www.offenesblog.de/2011/09/die-besten-songverhoerer/

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By: Cathryn http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/music-the-french-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-455094 Cathryn Fri, 12 Apr 2013 05:00:35 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34167#comment-455094 Oh my word, the Mika song is going on my running playlist. Thanks!!!

I’m intrigued that the cool kids are listening to Carla Bruni! Wow!

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By: Kate Frishman@ Flifkin Cottage http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/music-the-french-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-454940 Kate Frishman@ Flifkin Cottage Fri, 12 Apr 2013 00:47:59 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34167#comment-454940 I was a teenager in the 80s, and I loved the song 99 Red Balloons. Apparently, someone re-recorded it recently. My 12 year old explained to me that it’s about World War III! I had no idea. Talk about having no idea what the song I was singing along to was about!

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By: Jillian L http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/music-the-french-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-454856 Jillian L Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:40 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34167#comment-454856 Jeanette!! I was just thinking about how in high school my French class had a couple favorite French songs that we would listen to, and wishing I could remember one in particular– and this is it!! Thank you!! We loved this song :)

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By: Jeanette http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/music-the-french-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-454739 Jeanette Thu, 11 Apr 2013 19:57:50 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34167#comment-454739 Music really is the universal language! When I was 17, I was infatuated with a boy from Tunisia. Even though his primary languages were Arabic and French, and mine was English, it didn’t stop our admiration for one another. I remember the day he gave me a Khaled tape and told me to listen to the song Aicha Ecoute-moi. I couldn’t understand most of the words, but it was our song. Sixteen years later and I still get butterflies whenever I listen to it!

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By: Jane http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/music-the-french-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-454596 Jane Thu, 11 Apr 2013 18:16:01 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34167#comment-454596 Sorry to butt into the conversation: Amelie and “Ensemble, C’est Tout” are both excellent (and both have Audrey Tautou in the lead). Also, La Vie en Rose (about Edith Piaf, starring Marion Cotillard).

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By: Jane http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/music-the-french-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-454593 Jane Thu, 11 Apr 2013 18:11:36 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34167#comment-454593 I grew up in Russia in the 1980s, and we would listen to a variety of music in several languages. My mom loves The Beatles, and my entire family would sing along to Charles Aznavour, Jo Dassin, Mireille Matheiu, Edith Piaf and many others. Being a Spanish teacher, my mother also listened to a lot of Spanish-language music (she still loves Julio Iglesias). Of course, there was a thriving Russian music scene, as well. In short, I grew up with an appreciation for music in general, regardless of language. When we moved to America, I discovered that I was completely wrong on the lyrics of many of the English songs that I thought I knew how to sing along to.

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By: Marie http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/music-the-french-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-454393 Marie Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:36:46 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34167#comment-454393 Bien d’accord!

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By: miss luna http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/music-the-french-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-454329 miss luna Thu, 11 Apr 2013 08:45:24 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34167#comment-454329 Just for you to know, in the Mika videoclip, the elegant brunette is Fanny Ardant, famous French actress :)

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By: Em http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/music-the-french-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-454327 Em Thu, 11 Apr 2013 08:18:56 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34167#comment-454327 I am also french, and I remember my summers on the atlantic coast, where me and my sister were pretending speaking and singing in english on the beach it was something like that : “sdfdsfh ölkf oh what ? lsdf yes sdflkjsfölsj no no “, we wanted so bad to have english speakers friends ! (you know it didn’t work of course… I guess it is the accent…) I always listened to french music, so all of my friends were saying I had “goûts de chiottes” but I love the words… Now I am living in German part of Switzerland, and I am trying to make my 3 years old discover french music in our car ! She is even telling me “nooooooo not your music !!!” :-(
Thank you for your vision of France, I really like it, you are talking about all what I am missing living here !

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By: Kirsty@Bonjour http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/music-the-french-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-454318 Kirsty@Bonjour Thu, 11 Apr 2013 07:11:59 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34167#comment-454318 I love how they play the uncensored versions on French radio. I’d have to turn the dial really quickly whenever Lily Allen’s “F*ck You” or Cee Lo’s “F*ck You” or Pink’s “F*cken Perfect” came on. My kids learned some of the best English in France :)

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By: Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/music-the-french-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-454313 Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker Thu, 11 Apr 2013 06:24:45 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34167#comment-454313 I listened to Elle m’a dit three times today; from the video I had a pretty good guess, but like a fast English song where I can’t quite make out all the lyrics, I couldn’t get all of the words (just the attitude). The song was in my head all day (mostly music but some words) after listening to it twice.

When I looked up the lyrics I found them in French and English side by side–and I was right. He wishes his mother was dead! Well then–guess I won’t be learning all of the lyrics to that one!

Since becoming a parent, I’ve paid a lot more attention to lyrics than ever before.

The funny thing is, before I went to France, I was ALWAYS listening to music. I could hear the tiniest bit of a song from a distance and I would listen.

As a missionary who could only listen to classical (over 100 years old, or I would have brought Aaron Copeland) and MoTab, and only once a week on p-day, my music listening habits changed. I stopped thinking about music all the time. Yes, I heard some music in the metro (usually American) and sometimes on the bus (I bought a Francis Cabral album as a souvenir), but I didn’t remember to put music on most p-days.

I had become accustomed to the quiet, and seeking to hear the Spirit, and I found that I didn’t need music on ALL THE TIME anymore like I had before.

It’s been 14 years, and I still enjoy the quiet, even in the car. I rarely put music on now, but if I do, I’ve found that I like it to be happy music. I don’t want sad music; I’m happy with life and I want the music to be happy, too.

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By: Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/music-the-french-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-454312 Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker Thu, 11 Apr 2013 06:13:38 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34167#comment-454312 That’s funny! I remember an older woman (grandmotherly age)in France telling me how much she liked some British music, especially one song in particular. I told her what the song was about and she was shocked!

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By: Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/music-the-french-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-454311 Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker Thu, 11 Apr 2013 06:07:59 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34167#comment-454311 Most American parents have to discuss it later after the children are in bed, or you have to use hints. My husband likes to make jokes that are above the children’s understanding, and use words for which they don’t know the defiition (or that have an alternate definition–one that I would understand but they would not).

My daughter’s friend’s parents speak to each other in Dutch for that reason, but they are unusual here.

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By: Muriel http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/music-the-french-kids/comment-page-1/#comment-454302 Muriel Thu, 11 Apr 2013 05:10:45 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=34167#comment-454302 I am French and grew up in France listening to a whole lot of songs in Englsh. I was a fan of A-Ha, Depeche Mode, the Police, the Beatles… Since becoming fluent in English when I hear again songs I used to listen to when I was young, I often have revelations! Regularly I go “what?!, is this really what this song is about?”. Or simply just “no way”. And sometimes my husband laughs at me (he is British) saying “are you aware of what this song is about?” when I sing along songs that I think are happy because of the music and that in fact the lyrics are really “heavy” or “sad”. Sometimes it is a bit disappointing to understand the lyrics because I suppose I make my own songs, sometimes it doesn’t matter. In any case, I understand now why what is really important for me in a song is music.

Thanks for your blog Gabrielle, I really enjoy it, it’s really good to have an insight of France and living in France from your perspective! :-)

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