I have never been to France, which is ridiculous of course. But, I have pretended to go there numerous times (if that counts for anything). I used to leave a message on my answering machine saying, "Gone to France!" and the people would think I was there. So if a tree doesn't fall in a forest, but the woodcutter goes to the town and tells everyone it fell....does it not kind of fall? Not to mention that while the people thought I was in France I was indeed sitting in a pretend French bistro I had fashioned in my room; complete with romantic lighting, Edith Piaf playing in the background, while sipping on Evian water. Just kidding, it was wine, and a delicate array of brie, baguettes and other lovely French nibbly things. My imagination allowed me to travel not only across the sea, but in time as well to the New Wave cinema revolution. Brigitte Bardot was one of my idols, and Eric Rohmer and Claude Chabrol were some of my favorite directors. Alain Dilon was France at its best even while making appearances in Italian Neorealism films. Sixties French pop seemed to wrap everything up in a neat little digestible package, and that's how I "imagination" traveled to France. I will certainly get there one day for real, but in the meantime I've made this playlist so you can "imagination travel" too.