This weekend I saw a movie in which Vanessa Paradis stars. She covered of a beautiful, classic Neapolitan song played at the end of the film. I specify this song as “Neapolitan” because it is sung in the dialect from Naples. Originally released by Domenco Modugno in 1964, I absolutely love Vanessa’s sultry version. Then also, I love the idea of a French girl singing in Neapolitan dialect! Fabulous! Anyway, my father and I were talking about classic Italian songs this weekend, so I thought it was the perfect moment to post this wonderful rendition. She is singing about a big love. She is saying that this person in her life is very important. She loves him. She really loves him. She wants to know if that love is reciprocated. She comes right out and tells him: “Tell me that you love me the way I love you!”
As I mentioned above, I love that Frenchie Vanessa could so beautifully pull off this Neapolitan song and it got me thinking about other singers who have done the same. For instance, there is Carla Bruni. The Italian born, former first lady of France and former model is also a songwriter and singer in French. It is true that she has lived in France since she was seven, but she is still Italian. She is not really loved by the Italians, but I love her musical style.
Here she is singing the 1950’s classic, “You Belong to Me” in English.
Stacey Kent is a jazz singer who was born in New Jersey. She moved to London in the 1990s and established a solid career in Europe. Her album Raconte Moi is sung completely in French. Below is one of my favorite pieces.