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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Katarina Dumančić: the sheer reincarnation of Édith Piaf

Once in a very blue moon, a prodigy appears!  When such prodigy is devoid of pretense and as pure and simple as this little 11-year-old girl, it is utterly disarming!  

I am so taken by this reincarnation of Edith Piaf, that I am certain, were she to be alive, she would have to pinch herself to be sure!  WOW!  This little unpretentious precious little thing has Edith Piaf down pat, even the unsteady vibration in her voice, at times!

In viewing this video from the "I HAVE TALENT" program in Serbia, one will see how when the judge is told what she is to sing, he is a bit puzzled, for it seems, he knows the song's difficulty!  Then you see the one to the extreme right just marvel at how she carries herself!  

The song this incredibly brave, as well as incredibly talented, girl chose to sing, is incredibly difficult!  For one, this is a Serbian girl, who speaks Serbian, which uses the Latin and the Cyrillic alphabet, both of which I am sure she knows!!  That she should have mastered a language, such as French, in a Latin alphabet, is simply phenomenal!  That, on top of it all, SHE MEMORIZED THE LYRICS, is simply out of this world!  I wonder if even Edith Piaf had gotten to memorize it, herself!  

I choke up in viewing her, every time!  I truly pray she loses not her simplicity, and grows to be able to make a decent living for herself!  It doesn't seem she comes from any well-to-do people!  I will do my best to find out more about her!

Here is the prodigy!  It must be noted, that Edith Piaf came from a lower class, in which the French was quite poorly spoken!  This girl manages to mimic even this!!  She claims, and proves it, that she loves French music, and much admires Edith Piaf!  So do I!

Ja Imam Talenat - Sezona 3 

- Katarina Dumančić

Uploaded on Feb 19, 2012 by LexSlowMotion

Édith Piaf: Padam, Padam

Cet air qui m'obsède jour et nuit
Cet air n'est pas né d'aujourd'hui
Il vient d'aussi loin que je viens
Traîné par cent mille musiciens
Un jour cet air me rendra folle
Cent fois j'ai voulu dire pourquoi
Mais il m'a coupé la parole
Il parle toujours avant moi
Et sa voix couvre ma voix

Il arrive en courant derrière moi
Il me fait le coup du souviens-toi
C'est un air qui me montre du doigt
Et je traîne après moi comme un drôle d'erreur
Cet air qui sait tout par cœur

Il dit: "Rappelle-toi tes amours
Rappelle-toi puisque c'est ton tour
'y a pas d'raison pour qu'tu n'pleures pas
Avec tes souvenirs sur les bras...
" Et moi je revois ceux qui restent
Mes vingt ans font battre tambour
Je vois s'entrebattre des gestes
Toute la comédie des amours
Sur cet air qui va toujours

Des "je t'aime" de quatorze-juillet
Des "toujours" qu'on achète au rabais
Des "veux-tu" en voilà par paquets
Et tout ça pour tomber juste au coin d'la rue
Sur l'air qui m'a reconnue
Écoutez le chahut qu'il me fait
Comme si tout mon passé défilait
Faut garder du chagrin pour après
J'en ai tout un solfège sur cet air qui bat...
Qui bat comme un cœur de bois...

Sadly, very sadly, in the USA there never seems to have been an interest in any foreign music!  This does not happen most anywhere else!  Throughout the world, excepting in the USA, Edith Piaf is well known!  I, praise God, grew up in Brazil, where I heard music in several languages, music that has accompanied me throughout my life, and much comforted me.  Today, my computer has over 3,000 songs in about some 18 languages that play, randomly, throughout the day!

When first arriving in the USA, back in January 14, 1968, what I found most disconcerting, and missed the most, were the sounds around me, the sound of beautiful music in various tongues!  I still remember the desolate feeling I had in realizing this, the heavy, oppressive and deafening sound of silence!




  1. You're not alone! I'm a 13-year-old American that LOVES Edith Piaf. Been listening to her since I was 12...

    1. How wonderful to know this!
      And how very unusual, I dare say!

      Just watched your Justin Bieber "Mistletoe" cover!
      It is great!

      I wish you a wonderful Christmas, and a safe New Year! Going to be looking into your YouTube channel.

      May God bless you and yours!