Where does my Theme come from?

Posted by on May 12, 2011

“J’ai deux amours” (I have two loves) is a song made famous by a black songstress, Josephine Baker in the 1930’s.  Blacks had a very difficult time  making a career in the U.S. in those days, so Josephine Baker went to France.  She took Paris by storm singing and dancing clad only in a short skirt made of bananas and sometimes even less. She starred in “La revue Negre”, an all-Black, all-American show, with the great Sydney Bechet.   She was beautiful and talented and loved France. She even worked for the French Resistance and was awarded the highest honors the French can bestow:  “La Croix de Guerre”.  She  lived in France many years and devoted a great deal of time to philantrophic activities, including helping the disadvantage youth. She adopted 12 children.   She died at 68 and was accorded a full-scale, 21-gun salute State Funeral at the Church of La Madeleine in Paris — the first American to be so honored in France.  But she always loved and missed America and returned there often.  I very much indentify with her.  I too, have two loves, France and America. … But don’t worry, I am not about to dance in a banana skirt.

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