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Santa Baby

“Santa Baby”

Santa baby, slip a sable under the tree, For me.

I’ve been an awful good girl,
Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa baby, 54 convertible too, Light blue.

I’ll wait up for you dear,
Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight.

Think of all the fun I’ve missed,
Think of all the fellas that I haven’t kissed,
Next year I could be oh, so good,
If you’d check off my Christmas list,
Boo doo bee doo. [background]

Santa honey, I wanna yacht,
And really that’s not a lot,
I’ve been an angel all year,
Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa cutie, there’s one thing that I really need, The deed.
To a plex of my hand,
Santa cutie, and hurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa baby, fill my stocking with a rolex, And checks.
Sign your ‘X’ on the line,
Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight.

Come and trim my Christmas tree,
With some decorations bought at Tiffany’s,
I really do believe in you,
Let’s see if you believe in me,
Boo doo bee doo. [background]

Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing, A ring.
I don’t mean on the phone,
Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight,
Hurry down the chimney tonight,
Hurry down the chimney tonight


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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.”

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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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My love for vintage music has taken me to France and Italy and back many times over. I have found that over the past 5 or 6 years I have truly enjoyed listening to the chansons of France. The great Josephine Baker, Edith Piaf, Maurice Chevalier have seduced me into a world that no longer exists today. Music has changed throughout history, but the true art of storytelling through lyrics is not often seen today. Even though last night I watched intensely as Jordin Sparks wooed the audience and stole the American Idol contest this year. Vintage music is indeed close to my heart.

I remember as a child taking my younger brother Mark to the movies at the town’s Opera House to watch the opening of Disney’s Aristocats….as we waited in anticipation that Saturday afternoon in 1970 for the opening of the movie, litcats.jpgtle did I know that Maurice Chevalier sand the title song.

Maurice Chevalier was a French born singer and actor who made his debut in Paris in the early 1900’s. His career did not end until the late 1960’s; however, he remains famous today as he was yesterday. He survived being shot in World War I and sang for the GI’s in World War II.

The beauty of his fascinating voice sends chills up my spine when I listen to his beautiful music. He sings songs about life and love, and musicals for movies as well. Some of my favorites include: I Was Lucky, La Choupetta, Valentine, Livin’ In The Sunlight, Lovin’ In The Moonlight, Moonlight Saving’s Time, and Paris, Stay The Same. I’ve loaded all my favorites on my Ipod to listen as I walk each evening. I will especially enjoy these favorites as well on our upcoming transatlantic flight in 16 days!

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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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