French Stranger #82
In the early 1900's street musicians would sell sheet music to the people on the streets of Paris and everyone would sing. Meet Christian Bassoul, the man who has revived that delightful tradition. One sunny Sunday morning, June 2009, as we walked down rue Mouffetard on our way to the Jardin des Plantes, we came across a crowd of people having the most wonderful time singing favorite French songs and dancing with each other and willing spectators. Since that time, whenever I'm in Paris on a Sunday, you will find me right there. I wouldn't miss it. This past January, I took some prints from previous trips and shared them with some of the singers. Viviane, who I've photographed many times, spoke some English and was very kind to spend time with me. Today their leader and accordianist Christian Bassoul. You can see Christian in this YouTube video from many years ago here.
I have made contact with Viviane and hopefully Christian as well. I will be sharing many more photographs here. Being able to correspond and share my photographs with them is a special gift for me.