ABC: Music (2011) – Q

Music is very important to me. I like to surround myself with music throughout the day: when I wake up; when I’m on the road; when I’m eating; when friends are visiting; when I feel sad; when I feel happy. No moment is truly experienced without a certain ‘soundtrack’ to accompany it.
I can get quite attached to a song which creates two distinguished consequences:

1- I find it very difficult to share, for I consider it my song. As soon as others start to play the song the love can extinguished quite easily. Only the very best survive this challenge.
2- The song will be played over and over again until it has completely integrated with a certain moment in time. So the next time I hear it again it will take me back to that specific moment.

I try to learn myself that ‘not sharing the music’ is relentlessly selfish and very much not the point of what music is about. Music is about sharing and bringing people together. So therefore I decided to make a tribute to all the music that is or has been important to me. Hopefully it will inspire others to share their own personal music alphabet and to explore the musical sights that were off their map before.

Q: Quelqu’un M’a Dit (Carla Bruni)
Q obviously is a difficult letter. And if it wasn’t for my French chanson period this little project might as well have stranded at this point. A couple of years ago I really fancied French music and therefore I have exactly the right song for Q: Quelqu’un M’a Dit by Carla Bruni – before she turned into Ms. Sarkozy.

The dreamy atmosphere really takes me back to the sixties and the so called Nouvelle Vague period. I also loved her English album on which she sang poems of well-known poets. The love stopped when she started to turn up in the world of politics – politics and culture don’t really merge in my world (unfortunately). Nonetheless the song is still beautiful and worth listening to.


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