My parents have always been music junkies. Mom played her first piano concert when she was sixteen and has been playing and teaching piano ever since. Uncle Alexandre Ballian and Great Uncle Armand Tokatyan (who was immortalized in Breakfast at Tiffany’s) were both opera singers. Dad dabbles on the piano to this day. I played the saxophone for a short while until my brother decided to sell it.
If someone wasn’t playing music at home, we were listening to it. Living in France at the time meant we listened to French music quite often. We didn’t always agree on the music selection, but often found a happy medium alternating between genres. I still remember my Grandfather Joseph rushing to the bathroom when he heard Julien Clerc or some other singer he disliked.
I compiled below a collection of music videos from singers that are part of my childhood and adolescence. I was both surprised and grateful to find them online – thanks to YouTube. Now before you make fun of my music choices, take a moment and just imagine what your childhood would have been like without the sounds of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”, “Itsy Bitsy Spider”, or the “ABC song.”
Listen To The Music
Bimbo Jet, Chantal Goya, Charles Aznavour, Claude Francois, Claude Nougaro, Dalida, Demis Roussos, Eddie Mitchell, Enrico Macias, France Gall, Georges Brassens, Gerard Lenorman, Henri Salvador, Ile Aux Enfants, Jacques Brel, Joe Dassin, Johnny Halliday, Julien Clerc, Laurent Voulzy, Michel Berger, Michel Delpech, Michel Fugain, Michel Jonasz, Michel Legrand, Michel Polnareff, Michel Sardou, Mike Brant, Mireille Mathieu, Patrick Juvet, Pierre Perret, Richard Gotainer, Rika Zarai, Serge Gainsbourg, Sylvie Vartan, Yves Montand.
To listen to a song, either pick a music video below or play the entire playlist on YouTube.
Ile Aux Enfants
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