Recently I’ve been obsessed with French cafe music, easy-listening, jazz and bohemian style street music. I found a French media agency called Le Figaro and their weekly music special called Le Live. Le Live has a You Tube account where they post their weekly sessions. Every week features a different artist who performs 3 songs and does a short interview in French. Not all of the artists are French so when there is a non-French speaking artist they include subtitles with the interview. I’d like to introduce you to a few of my newly discovered favorite artists and encourage everyone to dig through the more than 500 videos Le Live has uploaded as there is a great variety of musicians performed mellow and usually acoustic music. I also think that when learning any language it is good to open your mind and expand your vocab and vocal range through listening to OTHER languages, as this helps us to better understand the place of our first and second languages within the world of languages.
Marc Fichel is a funny funny and witty French musician and I enjoy his light and bouncy jazz style, plus I love the arrangement with only 3 musicians. Ben Harper is a famous American blues guitarist with a very nice voice, plus I find he is very soft-spoken in interviews. Yael Naim is a France-born Israeli pianist and vocalist who also has a playful and fun style. Enjoy!