Wednesday, April 27, 2011

C'est si bon — Paris again, for Thursday Theme Song

"The left bank, c'est si bon."
                           Dean Martin

Photos by Richard Schear, March, 2011
"The Eiffel Tower, c'est si bon."
                                           Dean Martin

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!
To see what songs others have in mind this week, please click  HERE!


2sweetnsaxy said...

I sure hope that one day I get to visit Paris! Thanks for sharing these.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Wow. The Eiffel tower and mention of Eartha Kitt and Louis Armstrong...I am swooning here.

Love the photos and can only imagine what it's like to see it in person.

Sylvia K said...

I never get tired of looking at pictures of Paris! Great memories of my visit there! These are really terrific, Kay! Hope your week is going well!


nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Great pics of Paris.

Jo said...

How beautiful the photos of your hushand's favourite landmark, Kay. Ironically I was the only one in my home who loved Louis Armstrong. And I still do. Thanks for this beautiful post. (((hugs))) Jo

Kay said...

What a fun post, Kay. I have to say I love Dino, but I'm rather partial to the Eartha Kitt version. Love both your photos!

SquirrelQueen said...

Kay, I love your shot of the Eiffel Tower....gorgeous.

I am a big fan of Dean Martin and love to hear him sing but on this song Eartha Kitt is my favorite, she is exquisite.

Chrissy Brand said...

Some lovely photos bringing back memrioes of happy trips to Paris- thanks


Glimpses of Greater Manchester

Mara said...

I love the shot of the Eiffel Tower. When we were there last year it was in scaffolding!

I would have loved to see a live show by Louis Armstrong, he has a fantastic voice! (and he's not bad on the trumpet either)

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhh, superb once again. You just never cease to impress me. Love the song, love Dino....and especially love your photo shares.

"Life [it] is Good"....c'est si bon

Here is my Thursday post if you care to view it:

Heart of Stone [literally]

Hope your day has been treating you well.

Gattina said...

When I was there last time the top had been closed, too many suicides ! It looks a little less rusty, they probably did some work on it.

Cildemer said...

Great choice for TTS!
Love this song too! Love Louis Armstrong's version;o)

Have a nice and happy day****

Madi and Mom said...

Kay what a lovely post and far as we are concerened Dean sings it best.
Madi and Mom

Anonymous said...

I would live to visit there I had never heard this before. Very much enjoyed it. I love all the photos. You were as usual perfect with this. Have a happy weekend.

Ebie said...

Its a romantic city! Oh, Kay, so many places to visit! Someday soon...