The First Album, "La musique unique des Acadiens"
Since their first album, Lisa has replaced Sheila
Aguillard as the
fourth member of the quartet. In their first album, with
Sheila Aguillard singing as the fourth member of the group, Les
Amies sang many songs which make up part of the repertory of any
Cajun band, but they sang them with their unique personal harmony.
They simply sang the old songs, mostly with traditional Cajun words,
even if the songs were really written to be sung by a man.
Sometimes they would change the words slightly to add a feminine
perspective to the song. The songs of the traditional
repertory on their first album are "La Marche des Mariés" (The
Wedding March), "La Valse à
Bélisaire" (Bélisaire's Waltz), "Allons Danser, Colinda"
Colinda) in a bilingual version and one entirely in French, "Jolie
Blonde" (Pretty Blonde) "Madame Sosthène et Madame Bosso"
(combined into one song and re-named "Madame Sosthène" and
"Chère Chérie" (Dear Treasured One).
But Les Amies Louisianaises do not limit
themselves to traditional songs. They devote themselves to a great
variety of music, secular and religious, in both English and French.
Moreover, Jeanette Aguillard writes beautiful songs in Cajun French
which will one day be classic of the genre. One can cite the
songs from their first album "La Musique Unique des Acadiens"
(The Unique Music of the Acadians), "La Valse Cadienne de
(The Cajun Christmas Waltz),
"Dis Les Mots Encore" (Say The Words Again) and "Mardis Gras ô
Mardis Gras" (Mardi Gras Riders).
"Reviens pour Noël" (Please Come Home for
Christmas) is a French version of one of the most popular
"swamp pop" songs of South Louisiana.
"Il est né, le divin Enfant" (The Divine Child
is Born) are in international French, is probably one of the best
known and the oldest Christmas carols of the French-speaking world.
This song dates from 17th century France, the same period when the
first French colonists, the ancestors of these ladies of Les Amies
Louisianaises, were leaving France for "Acadie" in eastern Canada.
"La Grâce du Ciel" (Amazing Grace) is an
American hymn which is song in almost all the languages of the
world. Les Amies sings the first Cajun version that we know
After the deportation of the Acadians by the British beginning in
1755, many Acadians settled in Louisiana as place of refuge and a
promised land. Now there are two Acadies, one in the Maritime
Provinces of Canada and the other in south-west Louisiana. Les
Amies' first album presented the unique music of the Acadians of
this New Acadia.