On the Origins of Songs – Madeleine


The good thing about the music part of songs is that you don’t need to understand the words to enjoy the sound. Foreigners listen to American music all the time, even singing along to it, without knowing what they are saying. Why not? Here are a couple more solid tunes from ancient Gaul…

the little sparrow with the big voice 

Edith Piaf – Padam Padam

the gypsy jazz guitar king with his burnt and deformed hands in all his overplayed glory

Django Reinhardt – Night And Day

60’s pop that they use in perfume commercials

Brigitte Bardot – Moi Je Joue

i saw this girl and her band at a music festival (she had a buzz by this time) and was really impressed. their stage setup was drums, upright bass, acoustic guitar, and singer; super barebones, but great…

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    • spoony b
    • June 2nd, 2010

    i wish i could roll my Rs as hard as Piaf. I may have to steal that guys bridge technique from the video. what’s she saying when she holds her pinky up – something about Brad Pitt? and does every french song have an ascending progression? great post Jon

    • she’s talking about how much she lies and she says “I pretend I know Brad Pitt, and moreover, he doesn’t have such a big ….” then she doesn’t say the word word but you can assume she was about to rhyme ‘Pitt’ with ‘bit,’ which is wiener.

      I know there are more examples of that technique but the only I can think of is from ‘Mr. Brightside’ when he says

      Now they’re going to bed
      And my stomach is sick
      And it’s all in my head
      But she’s touching his-chest

      it’s good to know that somewhere, somehow, bubba is listening to that album. they also did a version of knopfler’s Romeo and Juliet. but i’m sure bubba already knew that.

    • dutchpink
    • June 9th, 2010

    favourite origins so far and that django is a sweet tune

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