Souvenirs et Espoirs: Claudia Beechman







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L'Accordéoniste sound clip sound clip
La Vie en Rose
Vous Qui Passez Sans Me Voir
Mon Légionnaire
Parlez-moi d'Amour
Harmonie du Soir
Sur les Quais du Vieux Paris
Ne Me Quitte Pas
Que Reste-t-il de Nos Amours sound clip sound clip
Mes Jeunes Années sound clip sound clip
Un Jour Tu Verras
Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien sound clip sound clip
CD Cover


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Claudia's Liner Note

Claudia and BruceI've collected the songs on this album during the last twenty years.  I learned LA VIE EN ROSE on the guitar in the early 70's.  I was still doing folk music then, but I found that as long as I could do LA VIE EN ROSE, I'd get a gig somewhere.  The most recent edition, MES JEUNES ANNÉES, came to me fortuitously.  I had heard the song but I couldn't find the sheet music.  Then my parents took a trip to France and stayed with a choir director who gave it to them.  It's my favorite on the album.  I was so moved I had to add my own English lyrics.  I became enraptured with dramatic numbers like L'ACCORDÉONISTE, MON LÉGIONNAIRE and NON, JE NE REGRETTE RIEN after listening to The Edith Piaf Deluxe Set, a gift from my father upon my return to Philadelphia after living in Paris. As for Jacques Brel, I had always loved his music.  In the 70's, I was singing in a club in Philadelphia when Shay Duffin, an actor and director, heard me.  A few months later, he called and asked me to do a Canadian production of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.  Although not from the show, the plaintive NE ME QUITTE PAS is probably Brel's best known song in the U.S.  My first accompanist, an erstwhile French professor, introduced me to several other songs on this album.  SYRACUSE, written in 1962, was a big Montand hit.  Most people think of Paris as the city of dreams, but in this song, a Parisian muses on the exotic places he'd like to see- Easter Island, the Gardens of Babylon- before he grows old.  He also made me learn the lilting SUR LES QUAIS DU VIEUX PARIS and UN JOUR TU VERRAS, which is from a film called Les Secrets D'Alcove, which one of my French dictionaries translates as "Marital Intimacies."  The prolific French singer and composer NancyCharles Trenet is represented by three songs.  Bruce Coyle and I decided to do his best known song, QUE RESTE-T-IL DE NOS AMOURS ("I Wish You Love") in both English and French.  VOUS QUI PASSEZ SANS ME VOIR, less well-known in this country, also speaks of unrequited love.  In MES JEUNES ANNÉES, Trenet recalls his childhood in the Pyrenees.  PARLEZ-MOI D'AMOUR, an international hit written in 1930, was made popular by the beautiful Parisian chanteuse and cabaret owner, Lucienne Boyer.  HARMONIE DU SOIR comes from Leo Ferre's album Ferre Chante Baudelaire. Most of these songs are part of my cabaret act.  During a rehearsal, Bruce commented that he kept hearing a cello behind my voice.  Nancy, a friend since childhood, agreed to bring her artistry to this CD.


This page last updated: Feb. 5, 2004
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