My friend Jane is a serious Aznavour fan. When she was a schoolgirl, Jane found a photograph of him in a magazine, cut it out and gummed it up on her bedroom wall. She must have been a weird kid, one of those brooding isolates with an unnaturally high IQ who read Virgil for pleasure. So far as she was concerned, sunt lacrimae rerum et mentem mortalia tangunt entirely defined her passion. It was a high-minded kind of love. One day, her father went into her room and saw her pin-up. “Why?” he asked. “Why him?” She didn’t answer, of course, so he had to work it out for himself. He stared long and hard into the double-Janus face and drew his own conclusion. He made a sound like the dull thud of a penny dropping and slowly walked away. It wasn’t mentioned again. Jane has retained her admiration for Aznavour along with all his old albums. She insists he is a gypsy. A real gypsy. She says that you can hear it in his voice and in the words of the songs he sings. And so you can. Which is not to say his is like any other voice,… Read full this story
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