S’il suffisait d’aimer

Sainte Justine is a unique hospital, we are a ‘full-service’ children’s hospital with an integrated maternity service. The obstetricians, of course, think that we are a maternity hospital with a children’s hospital tacked on!

We have a fund-raiser at the present.

The foundation has asked various choral groups to submit entries, the winning group will get to sing with Céline Dion. Many of the entries are spectacular, and show how creative we are  in Quebec. Two or three of the groups have sung the Jean-Jacques Goldman song which is called ‘S’il suffisait d’aimer’ (if it was enough to love). It is a very moving song; one of the best versions is currently in the lead for overall votes. Another version of the song is performed by a school where a child of 12 years of age died of leukemia. If you are like me, you will need a least one box of kleenex to get through that one. The chorales have to choose one of 4 songs that Céline has recorded, one of them is in English ‘because you loved me’, the other 3 are french.

J-J Goldman is not known all that well outside of the ‘francophonie’ which I think is a shame, and I don’t remember having heard of him before becoming a francophone…(or at least someone who lives and works in french). Some of his songs are great, such as the one in the title of this post, as well as ‘on ira‘ which I think is one of the best contemporary love songs of all. ‘Pour que tu m’aimes encore’ is another of his songs, of which there is a video of him singing with the very same Céline Dion. Some  of these songs I think are better than any English songs of the same period, they are not as well known, simply because they are in French…As a critic of uncontrolled IVF I also like ‘elle a fait un bébé toute seule‘.

So in case anyone thinks I am a music snob, because I was very rude about ABBA in a recent post, you can see from these links that I have no problem with pop.

About keithbarrington

I am a neonatologist and clinical researcher at Sainte Justine University Health Center in Montréal
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