"The left bank, c'est si bon."
|Photos by Richard Schear, March, 2011|
"The Eiffel Tower, c'est si bon."
I chose the Dean Martin version of the song C'est si Bon because I once had a record of it, and because, when Dino sings this song, he mentions my husband's favorite — the Eiffel Tower. He also mentions the left bank (of the River Seine), where we were fortunate enough to stay for five nights during our recent month-long European holiday.
I also listened to two other versions of the song before choosing Dean Martin. In my opinion, Eartha Kitt's is the quintessential sound. This YouTube video is of the beautiful, wonderful Eartha performing onstage, and the only English words are "Cadillac" and "mink coat" etc., which she throws in at the end of an otherwise French song.
However, I also loved a recording my parents had, of Louis Armstrong performing C'est si Bon. YouTube gives the date as 1962, not long before I saw the great Louis in a live performance. I was a teenager, with a father and a brother who both played trumpet. Louis was a hero in our house.
As you can see, I haven't played around with the lyrics. I wasn't sure how to do that, but as I did go to Paris with my husband last month, I can say this about his photography, "C'est si bon!"
Posted for Thursday Theme Song,
the musical meme from the musical mind of Hootin' Anni. Thanks, Anni!
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