Q’s Song of the Day: “Non Je Ne Regrette Rien” – Edith Piaf

Q’s Song of the Day is entitled “Non Je Ne Regrette Rien” and it is by Edith Piaf.

I have always had this fascination with foreign languages, French and Portuguese in particular. When I was in middle school, I was very absorbed into Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto’s album “Getz/Gilberto.” For those of you who are unfamiliar, these are the gentlemen who popularized a little  song called “Girl From Ipanema.” The entire album is full of beautiful Portuguese and true jazz. I digress, I chose this song for today because it not only jumped out to me as extremely emotive, but it kept appearing in my life. It is used in an extremely small way in the movie Inception, but then I was listening to an online radio station and it came on, and over a late night soul-searching conversation, a friend shared it with me. I figured it meant something. So, I looked it up, read the translated lyrics and purchased it on iTunes.

The song discusses progress, pushing forward, and leaving regrets behind. It is in fact a love song. Well, it resolves in the end by beginning anew with someone new only after processing the last and the past, but the majority of the song alludes to accepting the past for being the past. We need to experience the past, but neither dwell nor live in it. Learn from it and move on.

I think the reason I love foreign languages is the way people who speak different languages see the world. There is a direct relation between how we speak and our perspective of the world, i.e. how we attribute characteristics of an object to that object in speech, etc. I am deeply fascinated with this. Thus, I have chosen some lyrics I found intriguing and illuminating on a personal level.

With my memories
I lit up the fire
My troubles, my pleasures
I don’t need them anymore

What a beautiful way of looking at your memories, at your growth, at your progress. Burn those memories. Use them as kindling for a fire that will fuel your growth, for you need no painful memories.

Quite early in the song she states;

No! I don’t feel sorry about anything
Not the good things people have done to me
Not the bad things, it’s all the same to me.

“…It’s all the same to me” – fascinating! It is really? I understand how, in time, things do become similar an on the same level, it just makes me wonder how long does it take. Is she saying to put it on the same shelf immediately? I don’t think I could do that. I am trying though.

The song is beautiful aesthetically without knowing what she is saying as well. I am such a fan of those old songs with a full band and a beautiful female voice escorting the listener through an emotional experience.

I hope you all enjoyed today’s song. Let me know what you think of it. I am very interested in others’ experiences with music as well.

Note: If you like the song and singer, there was an Academy Award winning movie that was done in 2007 called La Vie En Rose you might like to see.

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