Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Oh, Paris!

The French are notorious navel-gazers. They love anything about how outsiders (i.e. anyone outside of France) sees them. Moi-moi-moi...they eat it up!

As a result, a lot of random stuff that goes under the radar in America gets picked up by the French media. Take this guy, for example. Dent May is from Oxford (Mississippi, not England) and rocks the ukulele. Now he's got a whole new Frog fan base thanks to a spot on Le Grand Journal on Canal Plus.

I admit that I've totally fallen for his nerdy cosmopolitan charm. As the French say, "Il a quelque chose."

Check out his video for "Oh, Paris!":



Look me up when your tour hits Paris, Dent -- the Kir Royale is on me!

14 comments:

The Duchess said...

I quite like that! Although I'd prefer to just listen than watch the video. I can imagine the French see some sort of charm in it with the banjo sound and all.

The Duchess said...

Oops, I meant ukulele, not banjo!

Mama Krit said...

That's totally what it is!! Nerdy cosmopolitan charm. There really is no better way to describe it. :)

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Under the Influence said...

He's cute in a geeky strummin' that ukelele way.

Evolving Mommy Catherine said...

Wow. He has some tight pants, but there is something sweet about his nerdy look.

KC said...

Thanks for sharing. That is too funny. I lived in Paris for a semester during college, miss it terribly and enjoy reading your blog and perspective.

Thank you!

mary said...

Totally something my son would do - I have to send this to him....thanks for the smile

Elisa said...

Ok... wow. Slightly off-tune, kind of dorky and very nerdy, and yet... oddly fascinating. I can see why he has a fan base... in France :-)

Fiona said...

YES! So much better than American Idol.... thanks for that!

La Mom said...

The guy who won the French equivalent of American Idol a couple of years ago, Julien Doré, made the initial cut by playing the ukulele in his audition. Maybe you're on to something. French + ukulele = amour.

(And yes, it's sad that I watch La Nouvelle Star -- kids have radically altered my social life!)

La Mom

vicki archer said...

Love this guy in a Tiny Time kind of way! Send him down my way when he has finished his Parisian tour will you La Mom, xv.

Staci said...

I left you something on my blog :)

Anonymous said...

I actually spent 7 years in Oxford, Miss which is really a great university town where young college bands spring up all of the time. Dent has never been to Paris, but took French so I think he is just having fun with this song. I have seen this group perform and although it is a bit gimmicky, he has a great sound. You can hear some more of his music online. I live in Paris and don't know of any great music venues like we have in the South.

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