By Spencer. I don’t profess to be an expert on French music by any means. But with the events of Friday night, I imagine a lot of us who have visited or lived in Paris can’t help but feel the need for a moment of reflection. The motto of our predecessor site, After The Radio, was “music softens walls”—which is something I’d like to believe now more than ever. And though it seems naive to think that music could ever truly “heal” in the sense that the people of Paris need in these particular days, maybe at least it can soften the pain, if not the walls that lead to tragedies like this. So if you’re in need of a little softening, I hope you’ll take solace in this playlist, featuring landmark French artists like Edith Piaf, Django Reinhardt, Françoise Hardy, Claude Debussy, Daft Punk, Phoenix, and of course the father-and-daughter pair of Serge and Charlotte Gainsbourg—along with a few tributes to the City of Lights from closer to home. And of course we had to include a little parting shot from a certain band whose music will now forever be an act of defiance to those who would try to drag us down into the darkness with them. Liberté, égalité, fraternité, solidarité….
Click here to download: S&N Mix 19: Solidarité.
- Edith Piaf – La Vie En Rose
- Serge Gainsbourg – L’hôtel particulier
- St. Vincent – Paris Is Burning
- Daft Punk – Something About Us
- Miles Davis – Generique
- Phoenix – Holdin’ On Together
- Françoise Hardy – Tous les garçons et les filles
- Frank Sinatra – I Love Paris
- Django Reinhardt – I’ll See You In My Dreams
- Charlotte Gainsbourg – Le Chat du Café des Artistes
- Eagles Of Death Metal – Prissy Prancin’
- Rufus Wainwright – Leaving For Paris No. 2
- Claude Debussy – Clair de Lune
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