It’s Music Monday! (See bottom of post.) And it’s the first of June. Already. You’re not the only one surprised by this. “Is tomorrow a holiday?” a friend asked me today, while we were touring around the Gambetta neighborhood in the 20th arrondissement. I told him I didn’t know all the French bank holidays. There are so many.
He was pretty sure it was a day off. “It’s the first of May, right? May Day? That’s a holiday, no?”
I had to break the news that Monday was the first of June. “May is over, sweetie.”
His eyes popped. “Are you joking? You’re joking. It’s June?” He asked again if I was joking. “Serious? It’s the lost year!”
I do want the virus to hurry up and go away but at the same time, I don’t want these beautiful warm days—or my life—to go by so quickly. One thing lockdown taught me was to savor these simple moments. At least the days are long in May and June here in Paris where we are situated farther north than my other home, New York. Here in the summer, sunlight angles into my apartment until nearly 9:30 p.m. and the sky stays light until 11 p.m. The photo at the top of the page was taken at 10:15 at night.
All that’s missing is a café terrace to sit on during these long, languid day, but as of tomorrow, June 2, cafés in Paris will be able to open their terraces (only). I plan to spend the day taking photos of some of my favorite places to share with you. And if the terraces aren’t too crowded, I might sit on one and have a glass of rosé. We’ll see.
Music Monday is here!
In the meantime, I’m offering another favorite song, this one by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, written for the 1966 film of the same name. The version for the U.K. release of the film was recorded by Cilla Black, but do you know who sang it for the U.S. release? (Hint: it’s one of my all-time favorite singers.) Tell me your best guess in the comment section below. No cheating.
Alfie, by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Vocals and arrangement by Lisa Anselmo
Listen to all the Music Monday offerings here.
Runs in the family
My brother Richard is also a writer like me, and a music connoisseur like Dad. And like Dad, he’s also DJ. You can catch his radio show, The Anselmo Experience, on WolfRockRadio.com at 8 a.m. EST weekday mornings!
On the bookshelf