Today , 14th July is Bastille Day. It is one of my favourite holidays of the year … Maybe it is because my mum is a history teacher and I have just grown up with it … or it is the historian in me … but I love Bastille Day and have celebrated it and what it represented since I was a girl.
Bastille Day is the French national holiday commemorating the storming of the Bastille, which took place on 14 July 1789 and marked the beginning of the French Revolution. The Bastille was a medieval fortress and prison and represented royal authority in the center of Paris. The prison only contained seven inmates at the time of its storming but was a symbol of the abuses of the monarchy, its fall was the flashpoint of the French Revolution.
The French Revolution was a period of radical social and political upheaval in France that had a lasting impact on French history and more broadly throughout Europe and the world. For many historians they see this as the starting modern history and IMHO the growth of republics and liberal democracies, the spread of secularism, the development of modern ideologies all mark their birth during the French Revolution.
So for this year on the blog I want to celebrate it Les Miserable style. Today, obviously I have been listening to alot of Les Mis and have watched the movie. And today we celebrate Eponine. Eponine is my favourite character from Les Miserable and the role that I loved to perform when I was young (and OK still alittle now). Eponine is one of the most tragic characters in Les Miserables. Whilst living in Paris as a young women a she falls in love with a student by the name of Marius Pontmercy, he however, never sees her more than as a friend, and falls for Cosette. Whilst wondering the empty streets of Paris, on her way to give Marius a note from Cosette, she sings “On my Own” and talks of the deep, unrequited love she feels for Marius. She later gives her life to save Marius. On her request, Marius holds her until she dies, here the two sing “A Little Fall of Rain” and Eponine confesses her love to Marius just as she dies. So for today … here is a beautiful rendition of On my own.