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This multimedia site features streaming MP3s, annotated lyrics, articles and links. The recordings are of songs in the public domain plus artists’ originals used with permission. The emphasis is on …

Références / References

“We feel affinities not only with the past, but also with the futures that didn’t materialise, and with the other variations of the present that we suspect run parallel to …

Sur les chansons / About the Songs

À la pêche aux moules. Source: McIntyre, Julie. Chansons enfantines. École Ste-Thérèse. http://ste-therese.nbed.nb.ca/nosprojets/chansonsenfantines/recueil.htm.

À la soupe. Source: Major, Henriette. 100 Comptines. Montréal: Fides, 1999.

Ah ! la baleine qui tourne, qui vire. …


All artist songs by theme, Intermediate to Advanced

Ecology, the environment:

Bornéo
Ecostone
Quand est-ce qu’on y va ?
Le temps a laissé son manteau
Viens chez moi

“La fête”:

Chevaliers de la table ronde…

Alpha Blondy: “La guerre”

Prevots, Aaron. Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX. October 2006.

Alpha Blondy has long been an African Reggae innovator. His songs in French provide valuable insights on Francophonie. “La guerre,” an …

Belgian Music Today

Prevots, Aaron. Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX. July 2008.

A selective artist A-Z, with links to audio and video.

The following list is inspired by the Conseil de la musique …

Canadian Music Today

Prevots, Aaron. Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX. October 2006.

The following selective links emphasize artist home pages and overviews from Radio-Canada Répertoire d’artistes - Chanson and Québec Info Musique …

CD: Alpha Blondy (titres divers)

Jeffcoat, Jacqueline M., Southwestern University ‘07. Georgetown, TX. May 2007.

Alpha Blondy est chanteur de reggae. Bien que sa musique ait commencé en Côte d’Ivoire, il a été influencé par Bob …

CD: Beau Dommage – Le meilleur de Beau Dommage

Smith, R. Lauren, Southwestern University ‘08. Georgetown, TX. May 2007.

Beau Dommage était un groupe de rock folk québécois formé en 1973 qui comprenait Michel Rivard (chant, guitare), Robert Léger (claviers, …

CD: Eric Virgal - Sublime

Nadal, Bérénice, Southwestern University ‘08. Georgetown, TX. May 2007.

Le Martiniquais Eric Virgal est un des chanteurs de Zouk les plus connus. Depuis les années 90, ce sont ses tubes qui …

CD: IAM – L’école du micro d’argent

Kewada, Rakhee, Southwestern University ‘07. Georgetown, TX. May 2007.

IAM, « Impérial Asiatiques Men », « Invasion Arrivant de Mars », « Indépendantistes Autonomes Marseillais », ou traduit de l’anglais, « …

CD: Les Colocs – Dehors Novembre

Travis, Emily, Southwestern University ‘07. Georgetown, TX. May 2007.

Les Colocs est un groupe qui a existé pendant les années 80 et 90, composé de André « Dédé » Fortin, …

French Music Today: “La nouvelle chanson française”

Prevots, Aaron. Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX. June 2008.

Lonely Planet Paris mentions the following as being “among the most exciting performers of this genre” (Steve Fallon, Lonely Planet Paris, Oakland, …

French Music Today: Rap, Hip-Hop, Alternative

Prevots, Aaron. Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX. October 2006.

The following information identifies selected names in French music of about 1996-2006. The term alternative is used **very** loosely, for convenience’s sake, …

French through Songs and Singing: Site Origins and Ideas

Prevots, Aaron. Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX. October 2006.

Humble Beginnings
“French through Songs and Singing” originated through a summer 2006 ACS-Mellon Teaching with Technology Grant. At the time, my plan was to …

Glossaire

Prevots, Aaron. Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX. October 2008.

accord (m.) = union harmonieuse de plusieurs sons (angl. : chord); réglage destiné à produire ou à capter des signaux acoustiques de …

Histoire de la chanson québécoise

De Surmont, Jean-Nicolas. Octobre 2007.

La chanson présente à l’historien certains problèmes intéressants mais ardus. Le métissage entre la tradition orale et littéraire implique le fait que la chanson soit à …

Introduction à l’étude de la chanson québécoise

De Surmont, Jean-Nicolas. Octobre 2007.

“Introduction à l’étude de la chanson québécoise :
problème méthodologique, historique et épistémologique”(1)

Le discours de historien de la poésie vocale part du postulat que la connaissance historique …

Les rapports France-Québec dans la chanson

De Surmont, Jean-Nicolas. Octobre 2007.

Depuis quarante ans la chanson a largement participé à la construction de la référence collective du Québec en France. Depuis le XVIe siècle les pratiques vocales …

Louisiana Music Today

Prevots, Aaron. Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX. October 2006.

A few groups and further links. An informative related film: J’ai été au bal.

• Feufollet; “Mais oui!” Interview parts …

Pedagogical Approaches I: French through Songs User’s Guide

Prevots, Aaron. Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX. November 2006.

The following reprises site information to introduce students and teachers alike to French through Songs and Singing, a multimedia educational site for …

Pedagogical Approaches II: Music in the Language Classroom

Prevots, Aaron. Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX. November 2006.

This brief overview regarding music in the foreign-language classroom is an idea map for teachers wanting to include more songs in their lesson …

Québécois Culture and History through Music: A Student Project

Shaftel, Matthew, Florida State University, and Pascale Shaftel, Maclay School (Tallahassee). May 2005.

(Editor’s note: The following highlights a set of activities from Matthew and Pascale Shaftel’s highly detailed Learn …

The Creative Process Interview Series: Adrénaline Trio

Prevots, Aaron. Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX. May 2009.

Click here for an interview with Brussels-based a cappella group Adrénaline. Click here for the song Bornéo; here …

The Creative Process Interview Series: Andrew Lakey

Prevots, Aaron. Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX. June 2011.

Click here for an interview with Los Angeles artist Andrew Lakey.

The Creative Process Interview Series: AstA (François Petit)

Click here for an interview with Liège-based singer-songwriter-bandleader François Petit. Click here for the song Elle aime pas, elle préfère, here for La Machine, or …

The Creative Process Interview Series: Clandestine

Click here for an interview with Ohain-based group Clandestine. Click here for the song La boîte à souvenirs.

The Creative Process Interview Series: Colin Newman

Prevots, Aaron. Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX. October 2006.

Click here for an interview with UK musician Colin Newman, of Wire and Githead fame.

Githead played in …

The Creative Process Interview Series: Eric Scott

Prevots, Aaron. Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX. February 2005.

Click here for an interview with Los Angeles sound sculptor and multimedia artist Eric Scott.

The Creative Process Interview Series: Guillaume Ledent

Click here for an interview with Brussels-based singer-songwriter-bandleader Guillaume Ledent. Click here for the song Mac Gyver.

The Creative Process Interview Series: Ivan Tirtiaux

Prevots, Aaron. Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX. December 2008.

Click here for an interview with Brussels-based singer-songwriter-bandleader Ivan Tirtiaux, known as much for his solo work as for Ivan …

Women in French Music: A Chronological Overview

Prevots, Aaron. Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX. July 2010.

Thérésa (Emma Vallandon) (1837-1913). A major star of French “chanson” in the late 1860s, Thérésa was appreciated for her humor and energy. …