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La Vie En Rose

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Next Tuesday, November 13th, 2007 my favorite movie comes out on DVD. When this movie came out this summer, I searched extensively for a location to view this film. I found a theater almost 2 hours away that was showing this film. I had a perect evening with my friend Cathy who came along for the ride. We had dinner before hand a local Mexican, restaurant that served crab quesadilla’s. A perfect start to a great evening with a friend. Edith Piaf ‘s music has had an incredible impact on my life, and so did this film. I plan to own this as part of my collection and my dear husband informed me that he has already ordered this from Amazon.com. Great idea honey! I can’t say enough about this film, so I will let well enough alone.

Here is the scoop from Amazon.com:
“Edith Piaf is the subject of La Vie en Rose, director Olivier Dahan’s powerful if emotionally redundant biographical film about the iconic French superstar whose life, as depicted here, seems to have been a numbing succession of tragedies interrupted on occasion by artistic triumph. Dahan’s portrait begins with Piaf’s stay in a brothel as a young girl. Left to the care of her grandmother (who runs the place) after her father pulls her away from a narcissistic mother, Piaf undergoes significant health problems and grows up to sing on the street in lieu of outright prostitution. The film pulses along with the usual biopic rhythms, with pivotal moments in the life of Piaf (played as an adult by Marion Cotillard) turning up regularly only to be smacked aside by the unseen hand of perpetual misfortune. There’s the impresario (Gerard Depardieu) who recognizes Piaf’s great but raw talent only to have a run-in with the criminal element around her. There’s the heavyweight fighter (Marcel Cerdan) who becomes the love of Piaf’s life but can’t be with her. Drug addiction, random car accidents, tax problems, you name it, it’s all here, topped by an unnerving revelation that pops up in La Vie en Rose’s final moments.”

I just can’t wait to view it again!           la da da da dada da, da da da dada da


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Well let’s see where do I begin?

It’s been week since I’ve really written about anything about life in particular. So I will update y’all about life’s happening’s here in my world.  My dear husband was sick last week and admitted to the hospital with a serious case of pancreatitis of unknown origin. They believe possibly that a small gallstone was the culprit, even though he no longer has a gallbladder!  Hmmmmm, a medical mystery indeed. He is home now and feeling better for the most part. Although the hospital itself left a lot to be desired in the form of medical treatment.

I have been feeling a bit of wanderlust for another travel vacation.  Even though I will be leaving in few weeks to go to Kentucky once again, I am feeling like I spend an enormous amount of time daydreaming about my next travel adventure.  France seems to rise to the top of my thoughts. So I have been researching the Languedoc Region of France as well as Provence. In the 1600’s my ancestors migrated from the the Languedoc Region to Kamarouska Quebec. So I would love visit the country where it all started; however, my heart always longs for Italy.  So we will see where my wanderlust takes me.

In the meantime, the weather has been changing and so have the seasons. Fall is fast approaching and for the first time this year, we woke to a frost this morning. The tree are also starting to change their colors. Autumn is my favorite season of the year.  Warm days and cool nights, the smells, the colors, the flavors all make this time of the year the best. In the meantime I think I’ll pour myself another cup of coffee to start the day!  Ciao for now…


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No, No Regrets!

Well, last evening I had the sheer pleasure of enjoying the Film “La Vie En Rose”, the story of the life of the Little Sparrow, Edith Piaf. I have waited many months for the arrival of this tribute; however, I had not known the impact of this film of me. I was absolutely whowed with the performance of Marion Cottilard (“A Good Year”), who played Edith. There is no doubt that Edith lived a horrific life, but it made her what her song are. Fierce determination kept her soul alive, during her brief life on earth. The pain and suffering that she endured is beyond belief. The Film is a must-see. A must experience. She lived her life like no other….filled with passion and no looking back, with no regrets….. To the “The Sparrow”

Non ! Rien de rien
Non ! Je ne regrette rien
Ni le bien qu’on m’a fait
Ni le mal tout ça m’est bien égal !

Non ! Rien de rien
Non ! Je ne regrette rien
C’est payé, balayé, oublié
Je me fous du passé !

Avec mes souvenirs
J’ai allumé le feu
Mes chagrins, mes plaisirs
Je n’ai plus besoin d’eux !

Balayées les amours
Et tous leurs trémolos
Balayés pour toujours
Je repars à zéro

Non ! Rien de rien
Non ! Je ne regrette rien
Ni le bien, qu’on m’a fait
Ni le mal, tout ça m’est bien égal !

Non ! Rien de rien
Non ! Je ne regrette rien
Car ma vie, car mes joies
Aujourd’hui, ça commence avec toi !


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WOW, I found out today that La Vie En Rose comes out on June 8th, that just so happens to be my birthday! Marion Cotillard, from the movie “A Good Year”, play the part of Edith Piaf. Piaf is one of my all time favorite artists. Check out the this link.

Piaf lived an extremely hard life, in fact she was born on the streets of Paris. She learned to sing at a young age was called “The Sparrow”, for her voice. I can’t believe that this movie had actually come to fruition, and will be release in a couple of week’s. I hope it is still playing when we return from Italy. The movie has already been release in most of Europe and is indeed a huge hit!

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Well my husband sent me some early Birthday gifts this week from Amazon.com……music! He knows I have a love of vintage music. Josephine Baker, Al Jolson, and Edith Piaf are among of my favorites. Here is a clip I found on Youtube recently that does a great job playing tribute to Josephine Baker. Enjoy!

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I have always loved Vintage Music….the 20’s, 30’s 40’s and some 50’s.

Josephine Baker is no exception….I came across her beloved music a while back, and she changed my life. Her background brings tears to my eyes when I heard of her humble beginnings. In fact this site tells her story.

Another female singer was France’s own Edith Piaf….born on the streets of Paris, left abandoned to fend for herself, she rose to stardom after starting as a street performer. Both of these women lived meager lives and did not know the effects they had on the history of music during their lives. I listen to their music daily and imagine what it would have been like to live in the era of the 20’s and 30’s, like my mother did as a child. One particular song that Josephin Baker sang in the 20’s is one of my favorites “Breezin along with the breeze..” The lyrics and her photo are below:


I have been a rover since I was a child,
No one to love or care for me.
Knocked around all over, kinda grew up wild –
My home’s wherever I may be.
Ain’t no someone yearnin’, wonderin’ where I be;
I’m gone, but no one’s missin’ me;
Ain’t no light a-burnin’ ev’ry night for me;
I’m like a bird that’s flyin’ free.

I’m just breezin’ along with the breeze,
Trailin’ the rails, roamin’ the seas.

Like the birdies that sing in the trees,
Pleasin’ to live, livin’ to please.

The sky is the only roof I have over my head;
And when I’m weary, Mother Nature makes my bed.

I’m just goin’ along as I please,
Breezin’ along with the breeze.


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Ok so it sounds like a dirty, disgusting word……hehehehehe but it isn’t! It is a person that likes wine! That is one of my new found tasting pleasures. I happened to stumble upon the Beaujolais varietals from the Languedoc Region of France. The Beaujolais is the right combination of tartness, bitter, sweet, fruity, dryness….just right! Here are some of the labels recently enjoyed! Je suis vin!


And a fairly decent Merlot from France:


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