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Re: CHAT Re: Singing in foreign langs. was Re: Greetings

From:Dan Sulani <dnsulani@...>
Date:Monday, January 13, 2003, 10:36
On 12 Jan, Roger Mills wrote:

> Then there's "Au pres de ma blonde", > probably a soldiers' song.
> Immense > nostalgia so many periods, even specific events, of my life are > associated with the music I was hearing at the time
Right on, Roger! I can remember the very first time I ever heard "Au pres de ma blonde". It was in an old movie, on TV. It must be close to 50 years now, but I can still see the scene in my mind's eye! These French fur trappers were canoeing down a Canadian river, lustily singing the song (backed, it must be noted, by a full chorus and lush orchestra! The chorus and orchestra weren't in canoes; they must have been hiding among the trees on the bank! ;-) ). I later learned a version, in French, in school. Somewhere along the line, I learned _another_ French version which, regrettably, I've forgotten after all these years. I just remember that it was, shall we say, a bit more "sexist" than the one I learned in school! ;-) Just the sort of thing one might hear in an army, however! (You'd think that I'd remember lyrics like that! :-) ) Dan Sulani -------------------------------------------------------------------- likehsna rtem zuv tikuhnuh auag inuvuz vaka'a A word is an awesome thing.