#MusicMonday France Gall #France

France Gall was a French pop singer, one of the yé-yé girls of the 1960s, which included Françoise Hardy and Sylvie Vartan. She died earlier this month, on January 7, 2018, of an infection from cancer. She was age 70.

She shot to prominence when she won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965, singing Serge Gainsbourg’s song Poupée de cire, poupée de son (wax doll, rag doll):

Wikipedia dissects the meaning of the lyrics of Poupée de cire, poupée de son: for example, poupée de son can also be interpreted as “singing doll.” The lyrics portray her as an ingenue, that is, “an innocent or unsophisticated young woman.”

Seule, parfois je soupire
Je me dis à quoi bon
Chanter ainsi l’amour sans raison
Sans rien connaître des garçons

In English:

Alone, I sometimes sigh
Thinking, what’s the point
Of singing love like this, without reason
Without knowing anything about boys?

Gainsbourg exploited her innocence with Les Sucettes or Lollipops, which is a thinly veiled allusion to oral sex. France Gall apparently wasn’t aware of the double entendre. In this video, she talks about the humiliation she suffered when she found out the double meaning of Les Sucettes:

Next week, I will pay tribute to American singer Keely Smith, who died last month, December 2017.


20 Ultimate Things to Do in #Montreal #Quebec #Canada

Parks, food, and more. I missed all this when I was in Montreal last spring. So there’s more to Montreal than Leonard Cohen and Pharmaprix and Jean Coutu.

Basilica of Montreal

Montreal is a city of old beauty, charm, and multi-cultural influences—not just French and Anglo, but Italian, Indian, Portuguese, Jewish, and Vietnamese (just to name a few).

Source: 20 Ultimate Things to Do in Montreal

The Ordinary skin care is now at sephora.com!

Exciting news!  The insanely inexpensive skin care line The Ordinary is now available at sephora.com.  I hate using the term “disruptor,” as it has become an hackneyed term, but here it applies, as The Ordinary has proven that you buy cheap skin care that works.  It’s already been picked up by luxury brand e-retailer Beautylish.

I shopped The Ordinary for its foundation, but it wasn’t blendable.  On the other hand, I liked the skin care products that I bought:

Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion (formerly Advanced Retinoid 2%)
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution is among the products that you can buy on sephora.com:

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

It’s a gentle, non-irritating exfoliating liquid. I apply it at nighttime. I love AHA products because the results are evident when I wake up in the morning. They also provide me a smooth surface for applying makeup.

Have you done a #beauty purge?  What did you keep, what did you toss?

My question is inspired by Leandra Medine’s article Why I Did a Massive Beauty Purge (and What Products Survived It) in Man Repeller.  Leandra did her beauty purge on account of moving.  Drunk Elephant and La Mer skin care products survived the purge.  Her makeup collection is down to the bare bones.

PS When did minimalism go out of style?

Capsule wardrobes make life easier, but can the same principle be applied to the medicine cabinet? Leandra tried a minimalist beauty routine to find out.

Source: Why I Did a Massive Beauty Purge (and What Products Survived It) – Man Repeller

#MusicMonday #France Johnny Hallyday et Sylvie Vartan – À plein cœur

French singer Johnny Hallyday died last month, December 5, 2017, at age 74. He was the closest thing that France had for a rock’n’roll star.

Here is Johnny Hallyday with his soon-to-be wife Sylvie Vartan singing À plein cœur from the film D’où viens-tu Johnny? (1963).

Johnny Hallyday and Sylvie Vartan were married in 1965 and divorced in 1980. He subsequently married 4 times (including twice to the same woman). Sylvie Vartan remarried once.

In subsequent #MusicMonday posts, I’ll feature other singers whom we lost recently: Keely Smith (d. December 16, 2017) and France Gall (d. January 7, 2018).

#MusicMonday A #Christmas Pop #Music Playlist That Won’t Drive You Insane With Schmaltz

Over at The Federalist, James B. LaGrand writes:

If your tastes run more to popular, folk, or jazz music, there are still plenty of beautiful, creative, and moving interpretations of classic Christmas songs in a Christian vein to listen to. Here are some favorites that can serve as an antidote for unsatisfying Christmas music concerts (as well as various other sad and troubling things in our world).

Source: Here’s A Christmas Pop Music Playlist That Won’t Drive You Insane With Schmaltz

Merry Christmas from Cold Cream 'n' Roses

Merry Christmas from Cold Cream ‘n’ Roses

The article includes videos for James LaGrand’s eight chosen songs, but I put those songs into a Spotify playlist: