This past Saturday, Paris welcomed the summer solstice and its gift of a sunny cloudless 75 degree day. And if the perfect weather wasn't enough to persuade everyone to head outdoors, the annual celebration of the Fête de la Musique was...
Fête de la Musique is a festival held every year on June 21st, encouraging the performance of amateur and professional musicians of any age, genre and background to perform for the public for free. It offers opportunities for up and coming artists to share their talent and fills the streets with a wonderful atmosphere of community and symphony. Launched in 1982 by the French Ministry for Culture, the Fête aims to apply the principle of the music everywhere and the concert nowhere. It is now being held in hundreds of little towns, villages, squares, restaurants and cities all the around the world.
In Paris, a program for the Fête was available to plan and schedule your day... instead, my family decided to walk from the Right Bank to the Left, letting our ears lead the way... my boys were pulled from one corner to the next by the blare of electric guitars, and one band did a terrific job with The Cure's Boys Don't Cry. I was enchanted by a large group of women in straw hats singing in sweet harmony to traditional folk music in front of Eglise St-Severin. Our favorite musician, however, was a gentleman (third photo above) who after wishing us a "bonne fête de la musique," pulled out his melodica and played, just for my boys, a beautiful rendition of Beethoven's Für Elise :)