On this week’s edition of A Propos, host Jim Corcoran offers you a dozen love songs in French, with an edge. His selection of love songs will have nothing to do with warm and fuzzy ballads, but rather allude to love in one way or another.
"Have no fear," says Corcoran, "there will be no trite ditties with tacky string arrangements and saccharine modulations. Just a dozen very different, very personal reflections on need, attraction, desire, pleasure, dream and the occasional disillusion, otherwise known as love."
Below, you'll find some of the poetic and profound songs by the artists featured this week on A Propos, in versions you won’t hear on the air.
Daniel Lavoie, 'Ils s’aiment'
One of the most successful and significant love songs of the French world is Daniel Lavoie’s “Ils s’aiment.” It dates back to 1983 and has become a classic. Check out this performance of an acoustic version, from 2012.
David Myles, 'En décembre'
You might have heard David Myles in different settings, including his hit song "Inner Ninja" with Classified, but have you ever heard him in French? Indeed, Myles speaks French quite well, and you can hear him in this interesting acoustic version of the song “En décembre,” one of the rare French songs performed by Myles.
Mara Tremblay, 'Les aurores'
No one writes love songs quite like Quebec’s Mara Tremblay. Her lyrics are honest, bold and sometimes even candid. To give you a sense of her unorthodox poetry, listen to this translation of one of her lyrics.
Jim Corcoran’s translation of Mara Tremblay’s “Les aurores”
Watch a very special version of that song, recorded by Patrice Michaud exclusively for A Propos.
You can watch nine other essential francophone songs recorded for A Propos’ 25th anniversary celebrations in the video section of the program's website or on this playlist.
A Propos airs on Sunday at 4 p.m. (4:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Radio 2 and Saturday at 11 p.m. (6 p.m. AT, 6:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Radio One.
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