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#TBT: Édith Piaf - La Vie En Rose

Édith Piaf - La Vie En Rose | Ses Rêveries

Do not breathe a word of whatever episode of HIMYM this song might have been in and why it is so important that it popped up in the YouTube search suggestions. I am still in Season 7. The penalty for spoilers is death by hanging... just so you know.


Now that we've got that out of the way, we can proceed. I thought we'd start throwing ourselves a little further back this week with a bit of French pop.

La Vie En Rose, I feel, is one of those songs if you're lucky enough to hear just once - even in passing - you never quite forget. I'm pretty sure I first heard this in the singer's Oscar-winning biopic named after the song, but it could also have been Sabrina... cannae remember which one I watched first.

Epic eyebrows aside, Édith Piaf's (real name: Édith Gassion) story is truly a remarkable one - I shan't ruin it for you but it's definitely worth a quick browse on Netflix (or Amazon, give or take a few days for P&P). And lets be honest, one can never really go wrong with Marion Cotillard as the leading lady.

Back to the song: written by Édith and co-produced by Louis "Louiguy" Guiglielmi and Marguerite Monnot in 1945, Édith was advised not to release the track at all by her team as they assumed it would not be as successful as her earlier releases and she obliged, waiting a year before changing her mind and performing it live in '46. Contrary to what her peers believed, the song resonated with the post-WWII public due to the heartfelt lyrics, maudlin production and romantic overtones; it was later picked up by Columbia Records' George Avakian and released as an official single in '47, I think, to international acclaim. La Vie En Rose has since been covered by many an artiste from Louis Armstrong to Grace Jones, whose music video I'll embed below for you guys to watch below because I absolutely love it!

Check out Édith Piaf's La Vie En Rose via YouTube below and let me know what you think.







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