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God's Gift of Music: "Le Mar" a.k.a "Beyond the Sea"

La Mer ("Beyond The Sea" in FRENCH) – Tatiana Eva-Marie & Avalon Jazz Band

"La Mer" is a song by Charles Trenet, based on a poem he wrote when he was sixteen years old. The song was first recorded by the French singer Roland Gerbeau in 1945.

Vocals - @Tatiana Eva-Marie Violin - Gabe Terracciano Guitar - Vinny Raniolo Rhythm guitar - Sara L'Abriola Bass - Wallace Stelzer

Filmed by Adrien Chevalier in Brooklyn, NY. Sound mixed by Mike Perez-Cisneros.

Lyrics: La mer, qu'on voit danser Le long des golfes clairs A des reflets d'argent, la mer Des reflets changeants sous la pluie La mer, au ciel d'été Confond ses blancs moutons Avec les anges si purs, la mer Bergère d'azur, infinie Voyez près des étangs Ces grands roseaux mouillés Voyez ces oiseaux blancs Et ces maisons rouillées La mer, les a bercés Le long des golfes clairs Et d'une chanson d'amour, la mer A bercé mon cœur pour la vie" from video introduction.

I grew up hearing Bobbie Darin's songs especially "Beyond the Sea", but that was his unique and very popular rendition. "Beyond the Sea" or "La Mar" in French was written and recorded by Charles Trenet in 1945. there have been many recordings since then but Singer Bobbie Darin's remains one of the most popular. Enjoy! - Andy

Bobby Darin "Beyond the Sea" - 1960

Video from NRRArchives

Saturday Night Beech-Nut Show. March 19, 1960

Bobby Darin (1936-1973)

"Bobby Darin was an American singer, songwriter and actor who became a ubiquitous presence in pop entertainment in the late 1950s and 1960s.

Who Was Bobby Darin?

Singer-songwriter Bobby Darin moved from performing in New York City coffeehouses into recording in the late 1950s. In 1958, "Splish Splash," a novelty song he wrote relatively quickly, became an international hit. He then recorded adult-oriented tracks, hitting it big with "Mack the Knife" and earning two Grammys. He died on December 20, 1973 in Los Angeles, and posthumously entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame decades later.

Challenging Childhood

Born on May 14, 1936, in the Bronx, New York, entertainer Bobby Darin reached the heights of fame in his all-too-brief life. He grew up poor in New York City. Throughout his childhood, Darin was told that his parents were Sam and Polly Cassotto. Sam Cassotto had been an associate of crime boss Frank Costello and had died in Sing Sing Prison. Polly, a former vaudeville performer, encouraged young Bobby to become a star like Frank Sinatra." from the website: Biography

La mer (Beyond the Sea) Lyrics

La mer Qu'on voit danser le long des golfes clairs A des reflets d'argent La mer Des reflets changeants Sous la pluie La mer Au ciel d'été confond Ses blancs moutons Avec les anges si purs La mer bergère d'azur Infinie


Près des étangs

Ces grands roseaux mouillés


Ces oiseaux blancs

Et ces maisons rouillées

La mer

Les a bercés

Le long des golfes clairs

Et d'une chanson d'amour

La mer

A bercé mon coeur pour la vie

photo of charles trenet
Charles Trenet "La Mar"


"Louis Charles Augustin Georges Trenet (French pronunciation: ​[lwi ʃaʁl oɡystɛ̃ ʒɔʁʒ tʁene]; 18 May 1913 – 19 February 2001) was a French singer-songwriter, who composed both the music and the lyrics to nearly a thousand songs over a career that lasted more than sixty years. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles Trenet has received more than 465,772 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Charles Trenet is the 150th most popular singer (down from 148th in 2019), the 1,016th most popular biography from France (down from 992nd in 2019) and the 12th most popular French Singer.

Charles Trenet is most famous for his song "La Mer" which means "The Sea". from Pantheon website.

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