Tuesday, April 05, 2005

"Boum" by Charles Trenet, Roul Breton ed.

Well, this is what you get when you ask the music library staff to randomly pick a CD for you to listen to! This is so funny I just about cried! If you're reading this and majorly stressed out, which I know most people are, you should totally listen to this and feel much MUCH better! But...for those of you who can't run out and listen to this piece at your convenience, let's see if I can give it justice with my description. The beginning of this piece begins with big trumpet calls that makes a person think of big band music. Then all the sudden this grand brass sound is interrupted by cheesy French singing. I say cheesy because there's no other way to describe it. I don't know French, but I know it's not normal for them to say, "Ding Dang Dong," and "bahh" like a sheep. I also know a typical French speaker doesn't break into tooth brushing sound effects like gargling. It sounds a bit like scat singing with a trumpet. What's so funny is how seriously he seems to sing these ridiculous sounds. The first section is followed by a more improv section. This is then followed by a repeat with variations of the first section. This makes it a crazy 50s version of ternary form. Way to go crazy French people!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes, it's a delightful song. It's even more fun when you strike upon it through the Spotify page of a band called Bretón, which has an single/EP with heavy electronic music. The connection? 'Boum!' was co-written by a guy called Roul Bretón.

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