I am not really into music. What I mean is that I don’t go to concert, I can’t name my “favorite” singer or group, I am not a “fan”. Not really. But there are artists that I greatly admire and respect. Musics I love to listen to.
And today, I would really love to introduce you to an incredibly gifted French singer. His name is Gregory Lemarchal. It is possible that you know him already, but if it is not the case yet, by all mean, listen to his songs!
In 2004, Gregory was a contestant of a French singing reality TV show called “La star académie”. To be perfectly honest, I really dislike reality TV, but in this case, in this particular case, I must admit that something good came out of it.
Some of you might be familiar with what cystic fibrosis is. To be simple, it is a rare genetic disease that causes breathing difficulties, repeated infections and digestive problems. Gregory suffered from cystic fibrosis, and him appearing in such a popular as La Star Académie was actually a much-needed breath of hope for everyone suffering from this disease, as there is no treatment for it yet. I know that his fame put cystic fibrosis under the spotlight. Suddenly millions of people discovered this disease, discovered its very existence and those people started to care. Many researchers are now working on finding an effective treatment against this terrible disease and it is in great part thanks to Gregory and his talent.
I can’t imagine how hard it was for him to sing, and it totally gives another feeling to all his performances. He put his soul and heart into the songs he was singing. Cystic Fibrosis affects respiration, and I am sure it must have been very difficult, yet he continued to sing.
When he died in 2007, it was incredibly sad and heartbreaking. So many years passed since then and each time I listen to his songs I can’t help but thinking “this man was incredible”. He really was.
So please, do listen to Gregory’s angelic voice!
This song is one of my all time favorites. It is called “Je suis en vie” (I’m alive). But do search for other of his covers on YT, he is really good and it’s worth listening, I swear!
I did a translation of the lyrics, for those of you who want to cry a little and feel guilty to complain about our daily troubles :) (no judgement intended, I do complain sometimes for silly stuff and feel guilty afterward because… well, some people do have it harder than me)
Lyrics’ translation (by me, so doesn’t sound very good, I’m sorry. Translating lyrics is very hard, because in French there are rythmic issues and stuff. I didn’t try to give it any poetic sounding or anything, it’s just a plain translation of the lyrics. But believe me, this translation isn’t that bad compared to some stuff I’ve read online! If you want me to translate other lyrics from French into English, just ASK! I’ll be more than happy to do so!)We never know if tomorrow Is still far or too close We think we have time Tomorrow we can expect anything To become someone or to go mad Today, it’s me growing up. I like it more and more It hurts me less and less As if love had taken the plunge (Chorus) I am alive It is priceless It is not for sale I am alive I breathe and I hope That you will be loving Tomorrow, I will enter the arena On planet Earth I will be a man of the world All those screams seem so close Tomorrow will be too late How to ask for help Each time I have negative thoughts? Today, Finally, I know I like it more and more And I waste it less and less As if my soul had understood the blend Chorus~ I’m alive (x3) I breathe and I hope That you will be gentle