A Tribute to Charlie Hebdo: Edith Piaf sings “No, je ne regrette rien” (No, I regret nothing)

Note: If you are new to my blog, please also see last week’s post, “Kids, Music and Why I Started This Blog”.

Your Weekly Listen for 1/13/15 is a tribute to all who lost their lives defending free speech in Paris last week: the legendary Edith Piaf singing “Je ne regrette rien” (I regret nothing).

Édith Piaf was an iconic French singer and a symbol of French passion and tenacity. Affectionately called “La Môme Piaf” (“The Little Sparrow”), she was born in Paris in 1915. She rose to fame as a singer of French art songs during World War Two, and after the war her reputation spread around the world. She also allegedly assisted in preparing false documents for a number of French soldiers so they could escape imprisonment by the Nazis. She died in France in 1963.

“Because my life, my joys
today begin with you.”

The song, “Non, je ne regrette rien, was composed by Charles Dumont, with lyrics by Michel Vaucaire. It was written in 1956, and spent seven weeks atop the French Singles & Airplay Reviews chart.

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