Michel Legrand

Yesterday we heard the sad news that the French composer and pianist Michel Legrand  past away at the age of 86. He was the writer of the wonderful song What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life? (from the album Something) and he also wrote the music for the song Pieces Of Dreams (from the album Something Else). Below a video of two performances of Dame Shirley Bassey with the great Michel Legrand. One is from 1988, from the French TV broadcast Le Grand Echiquier and one from her fifth 1979 BBC show.




What are you doing the rest of your life
North and South and
East and West of your life
I have only one request of your life
That you spend it all with me
All the seasons and the times of your days
Are the nickels and the dimes of your days
Let the reasons and the rhymes of your days
All begin and end with me

I want to see your face in every kind of light
In fields of gold and forests of the night
And when you stand
Before the candles on a cake
Oh, let me be the one to hear
The silent wish you make
Those tomorrows waiting deep in your eyes
In a world of love you keep in your eyes
I’ll awaken what’s asleep in your eyes
It may take a kiss or two
Through all of my life
Summer, winter, spring and fall of my life
All I ever will recall of my life
Is all my life with you


5 thoughts on “Michel Legrand”

  1. Thank you Pieter that today’s Blog is all about this amazing man. That he may rest in peace and his great compositions may remain immortal.

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  2. Avec compliments, Pieter!
    Thank you for celebrating this man’s musical life. He composed such wonderful music and by means of that wonderful memories!

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  3. Thank you Pieter. So sad to hear of the passing of this legend of music. I know DSB is so very sad to hear of his passing but what a great life. What beautiful performances between Mr. Legrand and DSB. Thank you Pieter.


  4. Same from me Pieter, what a Classic, Is , [ WHAT ARE YOU DOING THE REST OF YOUR LIFE ,] it means even more now, [ those LYRICS ], I have just passed 79 , makes you think much more so deeply about such Beautiful songs, I’m sure DSB as the same thoughts when recalling her past at the time of her recording Mr Legrand’s beautiful Song ,

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  5. michel portait bien son nom : LEGRAND !! et Shirley Bassey une très grande ne pouvait que s’entendre avec lui et l’apprécier .


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