Funny French music

One thing that’s fun in a “bicultural” relationship is sharing your culture’s music, movies, books, etc. I know this probably happens in other relationships too, since everyone has their personal taste, but I love that when I show something to my husband, I can be almost sure he’s never heard/seen it before. And having a more personalized knowledge of French/American culture makes it seem like we’re creating our own little subculture between the two of us, blending what we both bring into it.

Discovering French music has been particularly fun for me, since my husband has . . . eclectic taste. He’s made sure I know all the words to the Noir Desir, Les Inconnus, and Michel Sardou songs that make an appearance at every soirée. Indochine or Téléphone are just as likely to come up on his playlist as Marilyn Manson or Slipknot.

In another life, I think my husband would have been BFFs with Weird Al Yankovic, since he just loves making up funny words to songs. Though he tends to worry less about things like rhythm or tune and more about making the words as ridiculous as possible. And it was interesting for me to see that as his English progressed, so did his enthusiasm for including English words and songs in his repertoire. He sings while he’s getting ready in the morning, when we’re in the car, or when we eating dinner. He plays a few instruments and has been in different bands over the years, some more serious, some with the sole purpose of making funny music.

So when he started singing about a “beau lavabo” (beautiful sink) the other day, I thought it was just another one of his silly songs. But it turns out, it’s an actual song. One he was so excited to have remembered after all these years (it came out in 1989, when he was pretty young), he made a special request that I share it on my blog, so that even more people could be exposed to this weird craziness.

Your tidbit of French culture for the day, Lagaf’s “Bo le lavabo”:

Getting motivated to play music again

While I wouldn’t call it a “New Year’s resolution” necessarily, I have made it one of my goals to play more music this year, specifically my flute. Actually, only my flute, since I don’t really play anything else, besides a verrrry basic piano. And I’m the type who likes to do one thing well, rather than try and do eighteen different things at once pretty well. So I’ll see how the flute goes and I’ll look into the piano later in the year.

I’ve been playing since I was eight and played all through high school at a very high level. Since that was ten years ago (omg ten!! Nothing so far in my life has made me feel older than talk of ten-year high school reunions) I am naturally no longer at that high level. I don’t want to start with lessons again, at least not right away. France uses a different solfège method than I was taught (because switching between fahrenheit/celsius, pounds/kilos, inches/centimeters isn’t complicated enough already), and I want to work back up to a level where I am comfortable with my playing before adding the confusion of a teacher talking about “sol mineur.”

So I was looking around youtube for some ideas of pieces to try on my own, when I came across a video of the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys. Um, amazing. (Also, their bedroom decor is super fun and I kind of wish my whole apartment was decorated like that.) And rather than depress me, since I’ve been playing longer than they have been alive and they are incredible, it really motivated me. It reminded me of playing when I was younger and I would rather practice than watch TV or go outside, because playing music was my fun. And they look like they’re having a lot of fun.

And that’s what I want the flute to be for me again, a source of fun. So rather than giving myself the unrealistic (and therefore demotivating) goal of playing everyday, I’m going to try for once a week. I think for any goal, once a week is always a good place to start. (Except flossing. That’s a non-negociable daily task.) Hopefully it’ll be so fun, I’ll be motivated to play more often without even thinking about it.