Friday, June 25, 2010

Traeume

The first time I heard this song was 37 years after its issue. One morning during our 2007 holiday, I was waiting for my wife to be ready, and watched a French movie on TV. In one of the more dramatic scenes they used a German song as background, and it really blew me away. Fortunately, the name and singer were mentioned in the dialogue as well, which allowed me to find the song upon our return. The song is called Traeume (Dreams), and the singer is the French lady Francoise Hardy, one of the most successful chansonieres in the history of French light music. The gorgeous melody is courtecy of the German composer Martin Boettcher, who is best remembered in Europe for his numerous German movie scores, including the Edgar Wallace and Karl May series. Francoise Hardy's German lyrics are delivered with a seductive accent, and the end result is simply great.
Art Rock score: 10/10 (brilliant masterpiece, one of 200 best songs of all time)

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