January 13, 2011
I’ve made lots of mistakes in my time, but I narrowly missed this one: background music on my website.
When I launched my site last January, I imagined my home page, seen here,
… uploading to the sound of Charles Trenet‘s plucky 1940s song, Je Chante (♪I Sing♪). It reminds me of snooty French curators, Jean-Paul Sartre’s wandering eye and primary schoolers in boater hats lining up for a field trip. Of course, none of these things have anything to do with my life, but I find all of it strange and interesting and totally charmants.
Still, the song works better as a post, not a permanent feature.
Sit back, then, close your eyes and listen all the way through as Trenet’s Frenchiness intensifies. “Qui, Qui, Qui, Qui!” he growls at the one minute: fifty mark.
If you’re anything like me you’ll laugh out loud and settle into a warm, soignée feeling.
(Note: the freeze frame on this video is unfortunate — the outstretched arm and all. Trenet was actually a significant figure in the French resistance.)