Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Bilingual song builds bridges

Jed Kahane's CTV Success Story from tonight's National News with Lloyd Robertson is one of my favorite features of all time. It's a feature report on two Canadian musicians who met by chance in Quebec City and decided to get together and write a song. A bilingual song.

Joel Kroeker (Vancouver) and Dany Bedard (Montreal) wrote "Deja Vu", the first bilingual song in Canada in about a decade. The song talks about being on different sides of the country, yet being the same people. Truly inspiring.

Here's the YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkfTuPlv4o0
Lyrics below.

Dany Bedard: http://www.danybedar.com/
Joel Kroeker: http://www.joelkroeker.com/index.html or http://www.myspace.com/joelkroeker

Press Release (in French): http://www.danybedar.com/pdf/dany_joel_single.pdf

Lyrics:
DÉJÀ VU
Written by Joel Kroeker/Dany Bedar

Shadows fall on every town
Like a déjà vu
The wheel keeps turning us around
Is there nothing new

Le jour se leve un peu partout
Autour de nous
C'est different
Deux oceans qui se tiennent debout

Are we lost in time

So far away
Proche en meme temps
Are we the same
Si different
On the same road
Sur le chemin
Guiding us home
Dans le meme refrain

Photographs and souvenirs
Just a memory
The hours crush these stones to sand
To make us free

J'ai oublie mes souvenirs
Et mon sourire
Le temps qui passe
La langue qui casse
La legende qui court

Are we lost in time

So far away
Proche en meme temps
Are we the same
Si different
On the same road
Sur le chemin
Guiding us home
Dans le meme refrain

2 comments:

Sweet petite said...

That episode totally introduced me to Dany and now I can't get enough! I couldn't believe that this was the first bilingual single in that long. It truely is a fantastic song and I'm greatful there are others that appreciate this type of music!!

Naila J. said...

I know!!! It did the same thing for me, but for Joel...

I remember a bilingual song way back when, called Femme de societe, sung by Claude Dubois and Leo K.

And I think Roch Voisine has done some bilingual ad-libing...
You'd expect Celine Dion to have done some too, but not to my knowledge!