Bringing Europe Home

Sunday Post: Water/ Travel Theme: Oceans

I’ve given you a lot of water, so today I give you La Mer.

Thus, you have my entry for Jake’s Sunday Post: Water.  Ailsa’s travel theme over at Where’s My Backpack is Oceans, which I figure is close enough to The Sea, so rather than posting this twice, I’m using it as a two-way entry.  In my opinion, this is one of the greatest tunes ever written, and by the time I’ve heard the first measure, I’m thinking of sailboats or Bobby Darin or the final credits of  “Finding Nemo,” or I’m looking for a dance partner.  At any rate, it always brings a smile to my face;  I hope it brings a smile to yours, too.


  1. Gina

    love this jazzy tune! makes me happy to hear it.

  2. I’ve listened to it twice already! Thanks for such a great post 🙂

  3. That’s it then- I’ll be singing all night now.

  4. Thank you for making me smile 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. Cool oceany wonder! I am tempted to escape to the beach… Thank you!

  6. Whenever I hear this wonderful song I always think of two things. One is Charles Trenet & his rendition, the second is Mr Bean mouthing the words along ‘karaoke’ style in Mr Bean’s holiday (can you tell I’m sentimental too!)

    • This song has gone everywhere! (There’s also L.A.Story 😉 ). But, of course, Charles Trenet–even though he’s the writer, I had never heard his version. So I just checked it out. Thanks, Girl!

  7. Squeak, this is fabulous, Robin, can’t keep still, just gotta move to this song!

    • So glad you like it! Now I can’t get it out of my head (but it’s better than having a jingle for laundry detergent stuck there).

      • So much better than that! 🙂

  8. Great song and I am a jazz lover, so thank you for posting it. Have you heard the version made by Patricia Kaas? It’s a real delight.

  9. Creative interpretation 🙂 Love that tune!

  10. Brings a big smile to my face and a deep desire to go out and buy Chantal Chamberland so I can listen to her more often!

    • Funny–I’ve been thinking about doing the same thing! (In the meantime, I have a Madeleine Peyroux station on Pandora, and Chantal Chamberland pops up quite often. 😉 )

      • Oooo! I’ll have to add that on my Pandora! I also recommend a little Toots Thielemans’ album ‘Chez Toots’. Perfect morning music that makes you feel like you’re transported to a cafe in Paris.

        • Oui, oui! I love those morning transports. 😉 Thanks for the musical tips, I’m and so glad to have you visit my site. Welcome, and happy day!

  11. jakesprinter

    This is great entry my friend ,I really love this post thanks for sharing 🙂

    • I’m so glad you “really love” it, Jake! Thank you, and you’re welcome!

  12. Perfect choice for both challenges, I’m swaying and smiling and imagining myself in an elegant cocktail dress and long gloves with a dashing fellow in a tux whisking me around the dance floor.

  13. TBM

    Great song…I needed a smile this morning.

  14. I’m smiling too! 🙂

  15. I’d never heard that version. Who’s the singer – such an enticing voice! I don’t know about Bobby Darren or Finding Nemo – I always think about Edith Piaf, Paris in the gritty, grainy pre-war days, of my mother longing to experience more than just a facsimile of those sophisticated European ways …

    • Never heard of Bobby Darin? Allow me to educate you, my dear Wanderlust. He was a very popular singer back in the day (somebody’s day, but not my day), and two of his biggest hits were Beyond the Sea, and Mack the Knife. But I’ll have to wait for a “knife challenge” to play that one. Have a listen:
      Finding Nemo is a darling, entertaining Pixar film about a little lost fish and his adventures. And the singer of this particular tune is Chantal Chamberland, who is a Canadian chanteuse. There–I’ve caught you up on all the references in this little post!

      • Phew! Such a shame to be out of the loop … Thanks so much for the lessons. That Chantal has a fabulous voice. 🙂

  16. Yes, and this version has more swing and ease and joy than others! Happy day!

  17. GmaB

    ME TOO! I’m smiling & dancing!

  18. I love this song! It reminds me of a romantic evening at an outdoor cafe by the water. Candlelight is flickering and mon amour is looking lovingly into my eyes. Ahhh…I am such a daydreamer. See what a good song can do to a grandmother. LOL! Great post! 🙂

    • But that’s a pretty good daydream, Jamie! And that’s why man has created music…

      • You are right. The music creates the mood. 🙂

  19. I love Bobby Darin. But I like this tune too! 😀

    • Yup–a good tune is a good tune, no matter who sings it. I’m so cheered to know that Madadme Weebles approves. 😉

  20. Elisa


    • It worked! 🙂

      • Elisa

        Yes, how can it not, that is a wonderful tune. Thanks for posting!

        • It is a great, “happy” tune. So glad you liked it…and you’re welcome!

    • connie20

      Me, too!


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