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Just another Sunday

While reading my Email this morning I found out that France Gall, a French yé-yé singer who rose to pop fame in the 1960s, had died at the age of 70. Cancer had struck once again. She was the daughter of the singer and songwriter Robert Gall, who, in his lifetime, wrote songs for Edith Piaf and Charles Aznavour. She may not have been the greatest singer alive, but I remember listening to her, thinking she was quite engaging at the time. She lost her husband, Michel Berger in 1994. Soon after, her eldest daughter to Cystic Fibrosis. One of the many hits that will forever stay with us “Ella elle l’a”, “Il jouait du piano debout” and of course “Résiste”. Given the general feeling of discontent, I chose to play “Résiste” ©Michel Berger …

…Résiste …Resist

Prouve que tu existes Prove that you exist

Cherche ton bonheur partout, va, Look for your happiness

everywhere, go,

Refuse ce monde égoïste Refuse this selfish world

Résiste Resist

Suis ton cœur qui insiste Follow your heart that insists

Ce monde n'est pas le tien, viens, This world is not yours, come

Bats-toi, signe et persiste Fight, sign and persist

Résiste … Resist…

May she R.I.P.

Then there was Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper Newsletter “I’ve Been Thinking” that happened to catch my eye. Her New Year’s resolution, “to live and lead from a place of love [sic] seemed so strange. Do we indeed not live and lead our lives (or at least try to) from a place of love? There is a lot of anger floating around these days. Her aim is to become part of the solution instead of part of the problem. Yet, how can you fight for what is right without retort? She claims it will be hard. I am sure it will be. But the question, in the end remains: is it possible to live a life standing up for your beliefs with only love? Can love then resist the onslaught of hatred in its path? Read her column and tell me what you think.

#FranceGall #MariaShriver #Resist

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