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wonders never cease Tuesday, July 14, 2015

14 Songs For Le Quatorze Juillet

Happy Bastille Day, mes amis! Oh wait, what? The French don’t call it that? Boy, are our faces rouge.

It turns out that "Bastille Day" is the name given by English speakers to the French National Holiday, The Fourteenth of July. The French call it La Fête Nationale and aren’t really celebrating the storming of The Bastille in 1789. Apparently, we Yanks are so smitten with that story that we renamed their holiday for them. You’re welcome, France. And thank you for those awesome fried potato wedges.

Here at the shop, we are admitted Francophiles. We plan to celebrate Bastille Day with verve. Think St Patrick’s Day, but replace the Irish stuff with French stuff. French music will play in the shop all day, and we’ll request our lunches on baguettes or croissants. Our dinner will be accompanied by the words Pinot or Sauvignon. And everyone is allowed to eat cake.

Here are fourteen songs for France and the French. We wish you Liberté, Fraternité and Egalité on this and every day. Those in the mood can enjoy the whole list on Spotify, where we’ve gathered more than eight hours of nice French music. Vive la France!


1. La Mer – Charles Trenet
“Free people, remember this maxim: we may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost.”
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

2. France – Keb’ Mo’
“I draw from the Absurd three consequences: my revolt, my liberty, my passion.”
- Albert Camus

3. Les Champs-Elysees – Chantal Chamberland
“Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.”
- Alexis de Tocqueville

4. Get Lucky – Daft Punk
“We must have constantly present in our minds the difference between independence and liberty. Liberty is a right of doing whatever the laws permit, and if a citizen could do what they forbid he would no longer be possessed of liberty.”
- Charles de Montesquieu

5. Mon Paris – Josephine Baker
“I wanted to get far away from those who believed in cruelty, so then I went to France, a land of true freedom, democracy, equality and fraternity.”
- Josephine Baker

6. Lisztomania - Phoenix 
“People shouldn't be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.”
- Alan Moore

7. Little French Song – Carla Bruni
“Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.”
- Frederic Bastiat

8. La Vie En Rose – Edith Piaf
“It is the end. But of what? The end of France? No. The end of kings? Yes.”
- Victor Hugo

9. Ce Jeu – Yelle
“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”
- Albert Camus

10. Belleville Rendez-Vous – M.
“Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.”
- Alexis de Tocqueville

11. Comic Strip – Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot
“I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality and fraternity.”
- B. R. Ambedkar

12. La Belle Et Le Bad Boy – MC Solaar
“Is not liberty the destruction of all despotism - including, of course, legal despotism?”
- Frederic Bastiat

13. Cherry Blossom Girl – Air
“Liberty is the right to do what the law permits.”
- Charles de Montesquieu

14. La Marseillaise – Jacques Gautier
“Liberty, equality, fraternity, or death; - the last, much the easiest to bestow, O Guillotine!”
- Charles Dickens


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