It’s time to the world out of its misery. It’s been months since my last post and there must be so many people waiting for my next. Well wait no longer – here it is. Last Wednesday’s album launch at St James Theatre, London was a spectacular success – good turn out, sizzling performance, a warm reception for the new material and lots of albums sold. The set list was:
I Am a Playgirl
The Perfect Moment
Quand Tu Me Touches
It’s Not A Laughing Matter
The Happy Pain of Love
A Moment of Madness
Mon Oiseau c’est Enfui
C’est Ta Chanson
As keen observers may have noticed, we changed the old order about, dropped a few favourites and introduced some new ones. Flauta Chorona (a working title), was written and rehearsed a couple of days before the show – I fluffed the cavaquinho intro – but apart from that it went swimmingly. It was all up to the minute stuff. There seems to be a better balance to the show with the lead vocal and introduction duties shared more equally.
The highlight, for me at least, was the first public performance of Quand Tu Me Touches. I wrote the words when I was in Marseille last summer. I remember asking a lady if she knew a rhyme for heureusement. She was a criminal lawyer of Algerian extraction and very beautiful. If she hadn’t been I probably wouldn’t have asked her. She replied langoureusement. As she said the word, I detected in her dark eyes a fleeting thought of her slowly making love to me. This may well be the delusion of a middle-aged man. But maybe not. So the line faison l’amour langourousement appears in the chorus.
Barbara was given an accordion as a birthday present last November and decided to write the song with her new instrument. She hurriedly learned the basics and wrote a simple waltz in G minor. But it didn’t allow for a conventional verse/chorus structure. So in order to include my precious heureusement/langoureusement rhyme we decided to use the chorus words as a spoken middle section. So you may well wonder where we get these cutting edge ideas from. The answer is Françoise Hardy. Here she is singing Comment Te Dire Adieu?