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Roughly 1/3 of my music collection does not originate from either the
Not sure how I shrugged off the need to have everything “be in English” – you’d never know it, as I write almost exclusively in English! But at some time in the 1970’s, I discovered I could easily listen to artists singing in other languages – and enjoy it a lot. One of the first artists I liked of this nature was the late French singer/songwriter Michel Berger. I found an inexpensive used LP of his debut album within a year or two of it having been released – and I was studying French at the time (in high school). I took the album to school and “shared it” with the teacher and other students. Wow, French Rock Music! (I bet all concerned were sick of The Singing Nun, Nana Mouskouri et al).
As a teenaged fan of progressive rock – I quickly learned that I wasn’t destined to ‘fully comprehend everything’ – all that German on Faust and Amon Duul II LP’s etc. It’s a given that Italian artists usually only ever sing in Italian – there are very few exceptions. True, Pino Daniele sprinkles English into his songs, but…98% (or more) of all Italian music artists sing exclusively in Italian.
I remember when we started importing LP’s from
I wonder how my 1/3 statistic stacks up against my interest in literature and films? I bet in literature, I have a lot more British books than almost anything else – but I know my film library has plenty of French & Italian movies. I don’t catalogue my books, so, no info readily available.
How do you feel about stuff not sung in English? Can you listen to it with no problems? Style over content, perhaps? Etienne Daho! Les Rita Mitsouko! Mam! Serge Gainsbourg! Adriano Celentano! Kenji Sawada!