I was fumbling with my computer printed map, trying to locate a gravestone. Then, I heard a French accent say :
” You look for Man Ray?”( Note to myself: find this one next time).
“Non, Joëlle”, I answered back in French.
The man took the lead and I led me to the gravestone. He was either a guide or someone who was passionate about the place. Because he said that he knew how to find some… 3,000 graves!
I thanked the man and I was left alone to pay my respects to Joëlle.
Her name was Joëlle Choupay- Mogensen, but was known as “Joëlle”.She was born in New York in 1953. She was through her father, Danish, and by her mother, French-Vietnamese. She had grown up in the US, Denmark and finally in France. She passed away at the tender age of 29.
She sang during the 70’s & 80’s in a group that was called “Il était une fois/ once upon a time”. Even though I had not grown up in France, I have been able to listen to and appreciate their music more than once.
Joëlle sang what I consider to be one of the most beautiful duos in French music- “J’ai encore rêvé d’elle”/ ” I dreamt about her again”. I am leaving you with the lvideo. Even if you don’t speak French, you can easily appreciate the beauty of the song.