Song of the Day: “La Marseillaise”

Happy Bastille Day! It’s also Grandma Holton’s birthday. She was born on this day in 1900, 111 years after the storming of the Bastille. Formally, today is Fête nationale française, and the legal holiday name is Le 14 juillet. Someone made the comment, "Other anthems: sing about monarchs, freedom, and how great their nation is The French: blood. i require the sanguine substance." And we wouldn’t have it any other way. Happy birthday, France, and happy birthday, Grandma!

10 thoughts on “Song of the Day: “La Marseillaise”

  1. Hi John – happy birthday Grandma Holton … and I knew about the history of the anthem – but it’s good to be reminded – cheers Hilary

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  2. I just found out the name of this the other day…I knew it as The French National Anthem or the cool intro to All You Need Is Love.

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    1. Wikipedia says it was written in the late 1700’s when Prussia and Austria were attacking, which is why the words are so bloody. Kind of ironic that it would be the introduction to “All You Need Is Love”…

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  3. Rick Blaine nodding to the musicians to play “La Marseillaise” in the movie ‘Casablanca’ and the patrons proceed to sing down the Nazis under with the urging of the resistance leader Victor Lazlo remains my favorite scene of all the movies I’ve ever watched. There is a power in words set to music that stirs the blood.

    Aside: Today is also my youngest son’s 42nd birthday.

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