Chanson du Jour: “LES MOULINS DE MON COEUR”

Round like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning on an ever spinning reel
Like a snowball down a mountain, or a carnival balloon
Like a carousel that’s turning running rings around the moon
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping past the minutes of its face
And the world is like an apple whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find in the windmills of your mindLike a tunnel that you follow to a tunnel of its own
Down a hollow to a cavern where the sun has never shone
Like a door that keeps revolving in a half forgotten dream
Or the ripples from a pebble someone tosses in a stream
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping past the minutes of its face
And the world is like an apple whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find in the windmills of your mindKeys that jingle in your pocket, words that jangle in your head
Why did summer go so quickly, was it something that you said?
Lovers walking along a shore and leave their footprints in the sand
Is the sound of distant drumming just the fingers of your hand?
Pictures hanging in a hallway and the fragment of a song
Half remembered names and faces, but to whom do they belong?
When you knew that it was over you were suddenly aware
That the autumn leaves were turning to the color of her hair!
Like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning on an ever spinning reel
As the images unwind, like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind

Michel Legrand – Legrand Jazz

Complete with the dust and scratches, this is a beautiful LP recording from Michel Legrand.

SIDE ONE TRACKS
1. The Jitterbug Waltz 0:00
2. Nuages 5:20
3. Night In Tunisia 7:45
4. Blue And Sentimental 14:32
5. Stompin’ At The Savoy 17:55
6. Django 21:30

SIDE TWO TRACKS
1. Wild Man Blues 0:00
2. Rosetta 3:25
3. ‘Round Midnight *REMOVED DUE TO COPYRIGHT CLAIM*
4. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore 10:43
5. In A Mist 13:20

French composer Michel Legrand has died

The composer of the soundtracks to”Demoiselles de Rochefort” (Young Girls of Rochefort) and “Parapluies de Cherbourg” (Windmills of Your Mind) has died at the age of 86. Vogue pays homage to him.

He was one of the greatest “grands compositeurs” of the music of French films. Who wouldn’t recognize the uplifting lyrics of the song sung by the twins played by Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac in Jacques Demy’s Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (Young Girls of Rochefort). Who wouldn’t be moved by the melodies of “Les Parapluies de Cherbourg” (Windmills of Your Mind), the first French film to be entirely sung, by the same director, a key figure In Legrand’s story, with whom he would collaborate on 9 films.

Michel Legrand was also a pianist and singer. The son of a musician, this jazz fan, who first trained at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, would go on the work with a string of musical legends including Henri SalvadorMaurice ChevallierBoris VianClaude Nougaro in France and Miles DavisBill Evans and John Coltrane in America.

He tested out many musical styles, including rock, as in 1956, when, upon his return from America, he worked on several titles with two fellow French music legends, working under pseudonyms; Henry Cording aka Henri Salvador (singer) and Vernon Sinclair aka Boris Vian (lyrics).

In cinema, it was with the director Jacques Demy that he would collaborate the most, starting with the film Lola in 1961, then Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (Windmills of Your Mind) which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Festival of 1964, before being awarded four Oscars. These we followed by Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (Young Girls of Rochefort) in 1968, Peau d’âne (Donkey Skin) in 1970 and six other films.

The composer, goes down in history as truly shaping the sound of French cinema.

Source: French composer Michel Legrand has died