A year ago today, I arrived in Nantes. And a year from today, I could be reminiscing about how today, I went back to France, but I can’t, because the seat I have reserved on that plane somewhere over the Atlantic right now…I’m not on it!
Which really comes as little surprise to me, as I bought the ticket knowing I couldn’t use it (I chose a middle seat so my would-be seatmates on both sides could get a little extra room!). When I was planning my move back home, a round trip ticket was a third the price of a one-way, so I bought it and subscribed to kayak price alerts for three months, in case I could find a cheap one-way flight back to the states from…anywhere. No such luck.
Anyways, all of that to say that I am really, really missing France (how predictable…yaaaawn) and have been listening to some of the songs I associate most strongly with my year in Nantes. That list is lengthy, thanks to Fnac, the contributions of friends, and my library card at the Médiathèque de Nantes – a three euro investment that turned out to be worth its weight in gold! Below is a collection of songs of particular importance, though don’t linger too long on the word “important.” I’ll let you decide which songs I really do like, which ones grew on me over time, and which played en boucle at the grocery store. The results may surprise you.
- Natation Syncronisée – Vincent Delerm
- My Name is Trouble – Keren Ann
- Carpe Diem – Aldebert
- Le Même que Moi – Gary Fico feat. Leo Rispal (une critique extraordinaire de Cyprien)
- VPC [Vilain Petit Canard] – Féfé
- Ambiance à l’africaine – Magic System
- Je Danse – Jenifer
- Dis-moi encore que tu m’aimes – Gaëtan Roussel
- Nico Teen Love – BB Brunes
- Moi c’est – Camélia Jordana
- Que veux-tu? – Yelle (the remix is good, too!)
- How Would You Do It? – Medi
- Ça chante – Smod
- Je veux – Zaz
- Dans ma rue – Féfé
- Alors on danse – Stromae
- Safari Disco Club – Yelle
- Ce matin va être une pure soirée – Fatal Bazooka
- Les limites – Julien Doré (in case you had any questions about my own dancing style, see version two)
- C’est bientôt la fin – Mozart Rock Opera