As part of a project for the baccalaureate, three high school girls from Oustal in Villeneuve-sur-Lot contacted Francis Cabrel to sing on a voluntary basis in a retirement home. He accepted without hesitation.
No doubt because there is at the heart of this story “a little more love than usual”, Francis Cabrel responded favorably to the email which he received recently. Without hesitation. “Their project is moving,” he confides with the modesty and simplicity that characterizes him.
In this unexpected email, Trécy, Célia and Débora asked him if he would agree to sing in an Ehpad. The words we receive being like the perfumes we breathe, the Astaffortais felt all the humanity and the innocence that there was in this proposal. Hope too.
Karaoke at the nursing home
Trécy is from Dunes, Célia lives in Penne-d’Agenais and Débora in Saint-Front-sur-Lémance. We imagine that they dream of a better world, far from the noise and the fury. They are respectively 18, 17 and 19 years old. They are all three in the Sapat terminal (Service to the person and the territory) at the Oustal high school in Villeneuve-sur-Lot. For the baccalaureate, they must carry out a project called MP6. But which one? They get together, first think of an adventure around a crèche before looking for a way to maintain social ties with the elderly.
In the group, Trécy is the most comfortable to express herself. She is the spokesperson for this trio which has the radiance of youth. “After quite hectic episodes due to the Covid, for example, she explains, we wanted to mark this new year”. You have to have lived and felt the great loneliness of our elders, the estrangement with families, the obstacle course for parents and children to come together in order to understand the scope of this project. For less tears, emptiness and winter, they therefore have the crazy idea of organizing karaoke within an Ehpad with the participation of Francis Cabrel.
They did not tell the nursing homes contacted that Francis Cabrel was in the project
If Trécy is enthusiastic, she also knows Thiu, the daughter of Francis Cabrel, well. They were together in second class at Saint-Caprais high school in Agen. She tells her the concept and asks her. Is it possible to contact his father? She gets an email address. She finds the right words. “He agreed to be a volunteer, not to be paid at all”, she smiles
The agreement of the famous singer obtained, the three girls contact several retirement homes to present their project, deliberately omitting to say that Francis Cabrel is ready to take the stage. “We didn’t want to include it in the request”. Smart.
The direction of the Résidence les Ecrins d’Aliénor in Agen is immediately enthusiastic about the principle. When she learns the highlight of the show, she can’t believe it. excitement on board. Trécy, Célia and Débora had not necessarily taken the measure of the notoriety of Francis Cabrel. They understood during a first visit with him to the Ehpad to locate the places and think about the device. “We do everything to make him comfortable,” says Trecy. Everything is on track. The meeting is stopped. It’s for February. The day is not divulged so that the afternoon is as peaceful as possible. There will be karaoke from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Then, from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., before sharing a hundred pancakes, Francis Cabrel will sing. Just for residents. A little more love than usual.