- Saturday, TF1 broadcast the fourth episode of season 10 of The Voice. Among the candidates selected for the next stage, Luc Laversanne, who joined Marc Lavoine’s team.
- Luc interpreted The song of the partisans, a famous anthem of resistance. “When I was offered to sing it, I said yes and I did not hesitate for a single second”, he assures 20 Minutes.
- “It’s a song that also says that we are not going to let it go, that we are going to fight”, he adds, considering that “the lyrics correspond to what we are experiencing at the moment” with the health crisis.
It is not uncommon to hear in The Voice songs coming off the beaten track: lyrical or folk tunes, traditional or polyphonic songs … But we would not have imagined that a candidate would try his luck by performing The Partisans’ Song. However, it is this hymn of resistance that Luc Laversanne defended during his blind hearing broadcast Saturday on TF1 (and visible this way). Successfully since he convinced Marc Lavoine to turn around. He reveals the reasons for this choice to 20 Minutes.
Why did you choose “The Partisan Song”?
I find that the lyrics correspond to what we are experiencing at the moment. “The black flight of the raven on our plains”, roughly, it is the epidemic which hangs over us, “the deaf cry of the country which one connects”, it is confinement. It’s a song that also says that we are not going to let it go, that we are going to fight: “Freedom! Freedom ! “. This song also reminds me of my childhood. When I was little, I was part of a brass band in Lozère and we did a lot of commemorations for veterans. It seems important to me to remind the younger generations that we have a past and that we must take an interest in it. When I hear that young people can’t sing The Marseillaise or do not know the title of Partisan song, I tell myself that the past is erased. I do not like it.
Did you never think it was a risky choice?
I have an anecdote: it was on my list of potential songs, but initially I was supposed to sing Lovely by Billie Eilish. We changed at the last minute, during the rehearsal in the studio with the musicians before the blind auditions. I was offered to interpret The song of the partisans, I said yes and I didn’t hesitate for a second.
In the portrait released before your performance, you say that you were homeless for several years …
Living on the streets is never easy. We see good people like others who are fundamentally bad. The street is a way of being confined. We are confined to our solitude. There are some who complain about confinement today, but we must not forget that others have been complaining for years about another form of confinement, social confinement – if you can call it that. We don’t think about those people. To have lived it, when I cross a homeless person in the street, I offer him to eat, to accommodate him when I have room or to help him to do something.
You also say that you were born in Auvergne, that you lived in Saint-Chély-d’Apcher, in Lozère. Is it important for you to represent this rurality, these territories of “the diagonal of the void” sometimes forgotten or despised?
Of course ! I am very proud to be born in Cantal and to have grown up in Lozère. When I see people in the city who have never seen a cow when they have it almost every day on their plate, I find it serious (laughs). That someone is afraid of a hen (he bursts out laughing), I find that serious. When people ask me where I am from, I love to answer: “I am Auvergnat”. People don’t expect it. I was born in Saint-Flour, otherwise I am of Mahorais origin on my mother’s side. And then everyone knows these departments: we see nature as far as the eye can see and we don’t want it to be damaged by a few imbeciles who would come and destroy everything.
Do you still live in Saint-Chély?
I am still in Languedoc-Roussillon but I now live in Montpellier. This is where I have finally been able to live my life to the full for four years. Four years of pure happiness! I got to meet some wonderful people, I can even say that they are part of my family at heart. These are words that I weigh and they weigh very heavily. This region really pleases me!
Source: 20Minutes – Une by www.20minutes.fr.
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