“Coeurdonnier” Music for Thought

Soprano – Coeurdonnier  – Le clip/tube de l’été – An upbeat, slow, piece of French music

I don’t often listen to rap because it sounds violent most of the time – either with curse words or just the sheer force of the voice. There are breakthroughs though, either mainstream or pure independent. Yes, if you were wondering indie hip-hop still exists and I found a piece through NYTimes Music, which takes its’ elements back to the NYC origins of the genre. Not to mention the guy who’s the artist is a phenomenon who has to be heard!

This one I am sharing with you all today was one of the top summer hits this summer in France. Soprano is considered one of the top French hip-hop artists, nothing like the North African rappers coming through these days. You can watch the video directly on Youtube:


Wordplay if you could find it: a “cordonnier” fixes leather goods as a living. “Cordonnerie” is the French word for Shoe repairs shop. Soprano doesn’t talk of a shoe repair guy but rather a “coeurdonnier”. “Coeur” is heart in French, which shows us the depth of analysis. A “coeurdonnier” fixes hearts. In today’s society, the metaphor is too true, even though Soprano doesn’t seem to take it that far. What we need to keep fresh in our minds is that, in addition to political correctness and international decorum (at least in the international community, political or otherwise), social correctness has gone out the window. Relationships only exist virtually, one reason I love sending cards and letters to close friends and family. If they exist non virtually, one of the two people accepted only because he or she has something to gain. Helping those in need comes with a price, which complicates life all too much. For example, finding a job is thanks to connections, right? Not more than less than 5%. Friendships are not exactly what they were years ago, when we were children (count me out because it was always too difficult); at least back then, appearances were less a criteria than the rest but as I pointed out, it had always been a difficult task for me. No one wanted to hang out with the disabled girl in nice clothes, who preferred running to dancing ballet moves, and wild imagination to bland reality plays.

What a cold harsh world humans live in; “Coeurdonnier” maps out this perfectly by trying to show us that there is a solution. Culture loves the “heart” analogies to the point we forgot a bit about the brain and head. At the same time, it is the heart, which gives us the character we have as citizens of the world. I am not, surprisingly, talking about reason but about emotions and feelings. Warmth is not all about staying in bed until noon, but also the proximity we feel with those around us. If we can’t have that, do we have a relationship with others? Do we have friendship and love, in its purest and worldliest definitions? Do we have what it takes to create a better world for ourselves?

We don’t know if Soprano has an answer to his question, but the issue is here and we all have a part to play as a “coeurdonnier”. It’s the least we can do in the name of friendship, peace and love.


Enjoy! 🙂




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