Anyone who hears “La Vie En Rose” for the first time falls in love with it.
Whether you have listened to the original French composition or the English-translated version of the song, it gives your ears the same melodious and beautiful vision of life behind pink lenses.
Still, this French classic has a timeless history.
“La Vie En Rose,” which means, “Life in Pink,” is a song written by the popular French singer-songwriter Édith Piaf in 1945.
The recorded single, however, was later released in 1947 and became popular later in the US in 1950 with covers from popular American singers Dean Martin and Louis Armstrong.
The song has even been used as a soundtrack in some popular films and series.
In 2007, Piaf’s life was revisited through the Academy Award-winning biographical musical film named after this song and is directed by Olivier Dahan.
Musicians have brought the song to life countless times with their renditions.
Over the years, more singers began to cover this classic and shared them on the internet.
Until now, the song has been one of the most covered songs—on YouTube alone, the number of covers listed is nearly endless!
Michelle Andrade’s cover leads all of them with more than 55 million views.
Even so, there are plenty of exceptional covers from other musicians as well.
Jason Lux and Nieka Moss’ version is a must-hear cover of the song.
In 2016, the famous Seattle pianist Jason Lux collaborated with vocalist Nieka Moss to make a rendition of this timeless piece.
In the video, you can see both of them readying themselves in their homemade studio. As the bright lightbulbs shine like stars in the background, Lux gently presses his fingers on the piano keys, providing a soft yet vibrant sound.
The empty note is Moss’ cue to sing, and she makes her entrance with her alluring vocals.
She sang the initial French lyrics from the original and slowly made her way towards the more recognizable part of the song.
Lux’s unique piano arrangement complemented Moss’ angelic vocals.
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Lux is a trained jazz and classical pianist, and it’s clear he knows his way around the keys.
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His piano improvisations are beautifully executed and every key that he hits greatly complements his partner’s elegant vocal expressions.
Moreover, after Moss finishes the French part, Lux then steals the spotlight with his sophisticated piano solo.
But wait until you hear the second part of their rendition!
Before long, Lux transitions to a higher key.
After that, Moss comes back in to sing the English verses of the song with a rich, mellifluous tone. Without fail, Lux keeps giving his partner the instrumental support she needs!
In the end, with Moss prolonging the last word, Lux hits the keys in a descending chord progression until he comes to the closing chord.
The two display their passion for music in their own ways, but the way they come together to perform is so amazing!
In all, we have to salute these two for taking an iconic song and making it their own!
Be sure to watch their entire performance by clicking on the link below:
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