Well if you’ve been to cities but you’ve had enough
Have you been to Paris, France?
And if you doubt that Paris was made for love
Give Paris one more chance
The suggestive words above are from song lyrics of Jonathan Richman’s “Give Paris One More Chance”. I find the song pretty romantic, chic, and summery (Now hear the boys singing Bee Gees songs under the skies, give Paris one more chance, and on the steps of Montmartre they harmonise). I love Paris as well. Been there once and not long enough. Supposed to be happily back there again in May, but had to cancel due to Coronavirus.
Those two factsâoh, I’m a bit of a Francophile, tooâhave intrigued me to create a French-specific playlist on Spotify: L’anamour – Le Frenchie Galaxie. Mostly French artists singing in French, a few singing in English. Only one non-French and singing in English, none other than very intelligent, but also very idiosyncratic singer-songwriter: Jonathan Richman.
I can’t say that I’m very knowledgable about French music. I know enough. You’ll find the singers that I’m a big fan of like Carla Bruni and Bertrand Belin; also the artists that I just discovered and I think they’re really cool like Clara Luciani, Barbara Carlotti, and Lou Doillon. And of course the old school legends: Serge Gainsbourg and Francoise Hardy.
But if you don’t think Paris was made for love
Maybe your heart needs a telegram from up above