Aux Champs Elysees, #1245



I have always had such an innate connection to France.  The “joie de vivre” mentality and the provencale sentiment…it has always spoken to me from the time I was very young.  You might call me a Francophile or perhaps I have spent my past lives skipping through lavender fields and eating baguettes smothered with brie…who knows?  The fact is that the attacks in Paris yesterday were like a personal assault.  As I viewed the graphic images of the Parisiene blood-stained rue, it was more than just an attack on humankind.  It was an attack on the place that feels like my home away from home. 12244648_10208635001659640_8573617222457598909_o

My first instinct when I absorbed the news of the evening’s horrific events was to come home and turn on the news.  I wanted to sit for hours in front of the headlines to learn every ounce of information I could.  I was flipping channels for about a minute when my 8-year-old son spoke up.  “Mom, please turn this off.  It’s scaring me.”  I turned it off right away.


As connected as I have always felt to this charming ville, at that moment I felt worlds away.  It occurred to me though – perhaps it was okay to feel disconnect in this instance.  I don’t want to think of beautiful Paris as the place terrorists tried to make ugly.  I want to remember it as I always have – romantic and sentimental and brimming with style and culture.

Moments like these are the toughest to explain to your children, but I think my son is wise beyond his years.  Thank you, dear boy, for making me “turn it off,” and instead of focusing on how awful the world can be, I will show him Paris through my eyes when I was in my 20’s wandering from sight to sight along the Seine the year I spent a summer there.  I want him to see Paris for its beauty – not its horror.  12265610_10208635000699616_819796831853837529_o

My song of the day is one I learned in French class in high school.  “Aux Champs Elysees” focuses on the hubbub of activity along the Champs Elysees.  This is how I want to think of one of the most amazing cities in the entire world-lovely Paris.  Vive la France!

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About tucsonsongstress

I am a music teacher for children ages 6-weeks-old - 8th grade. I am also a camp songleader and a Jewish music specialist with and without my husband who is known as Shabbat Scott. We love singing with people of all ages all over Tucson. My "song of the day" idea originally started by playing music challenges on Facebook. I loved choosing songs, and my friends seemed to love reading and listening to my choices. I have decided to continue a daily blog (or as daily as I can manage) and tell you all some stories through some songs that have touched me either in wonderful ways or by annoying the heck out of me. Hope you all enjoy this blog! Happy singing!

One response »

  1. I appreciate your connection and love for Paris and France. Nice choice for the song. Thank you as we hope Paris can return to that state of mind.

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