Healing ailments with words is the art of song. This breath in the hassles of everyday life, Juliette offers it with generosity in her new album Chansons de làoù l’œil alight. His twelve songs go from laughter to tears, from trivial to philosophical, from humor to poetry, from solo piano to symphony orchestra, from Indian percussion to Argentine tango.
From the start of this disc, which will end with a cover of Brel, Regarde bien petit, a gem of a well-read song, La Housse et la Couette, sets the bar high. All the more masterful in that it seems eccentric and light at first, this “epic song”, as Juliette calls it, poses a question with underestimated issues: how to make your bed?
Entirely written in alexandrines, La Housse et la Couette contains fourteen quatrains whose verve rises crescendo. “I took a little time to write it, but that’s what amuses me, the words, the letters, the authors, confides the artist. It’s a very basic subject, and the idea was to make it a text that calls on Victor Hugo and a complete mythology of references: Sisyphus, Hercules, the Devil and the Good God, Van Gogh and Mozart, Plato, Einstein and Marcel Proust. To set it to music, the composer chose a “dramatic tonality, in B flat major, in order to have a lugubrious sound on this everyday subject in all its splendour”.
Taking something very banal and giving it an almost metaphysical dimension is the art of the singer with fifteen albums. Juliette scrutinizes the little theater of the world like the masters she admires, Colette and Brassens, whose portraits appear on the walls of her Paris apartment. She mixes complex techniques of writing and composition to find forms that have the evidence of simplicity. Thus his dramaturgy of the song Escaliers, a metaphor for passing life, from “those we climb on the fly / and four by four”, to find, “in the sixth, a bohemian love”, until the last: “Will there be in the beyond/a patriarch/so benevolent that he will wait for me/Up the steps?” »
Colette, Victor Hugo and Brassens at his Pantheon
Another evocation of time, Two Horses glorifies the mythical car with a pantoum, a literary form from Malaysia. Its poetry and its depth, its conclusion full of wisdom – “life is short to go fast” – evoke Brassens again. “I love his implacable writing! That’s what I’m aiming for mine. In my pantheon, Brassens, for its syntax, its words, its construction, I put it in the same room as Hugo, whose poem La Légende de la nun he set to music. »
Another “songwriter”, Nougaro, encouraged her. “I opened for Claude as a kid, and I was quite proud! she smiles. The beginner receives from him “the best advice I have ever been given”. Nougaro encourages her, then thinks aloud: “I could talk about you on TV… But I’m not going to help you, you’re going to help yourself! Tracing the thread of her forty years of songs, Juliette rejoices. “I had a lucky star. Not having known success until her forties protected her. “We can face it. We are not fooled, we have the bottle, a repertoire and we were built by the scene. »
Artist who has become a “classic”
Today, concerts and recitals still nourish the 60-year-old artist who has become a “classic”. Several of his songs, including Le Sort de Circé, Les Garçons de mon quartier, À voix basse, Aller sans retour…, appear in school textbooks. Others could enter it. We think of Lord of the Flies, a charge against bullying at school, to a waltz rhythm. Or even The Wig, a poignant title speaking with modesty of cancer on harmonies by Chopin, in a register close to A little black dress, a shocking song against feminicide.
Never, no matter how serious her themes, does Juliet give in to pessimism, instead offering with her sidesteps an antidote to grief. Her music, which she has deepened and amplified “with tutorials, during confinement”, is enriched with the advice of a friend and neighbor, the tenor Jean-François Novelli who puts his voice on some choirs. It also benefits from the talents of Maestra Chloë Pfeiffer, pianist and director of the Orquesta Tipica Silbando. This euphoric tango formation gives, with its strings and its bandoneons, a sensual color to several titles including Lames d’Astor Piazzolla, or Dans le marc de café, which sings without fatalism “the hopes that we make dance”.
Forty years of songs
September 25, 1962. Birth in Paris of Juliette Noureddine.
1985. Discovered at the Printemps de Bourges.
1991. What’s up?, first album.
1996. Feminine rhymes.
1997. Female Revelation Music Victory.
1998. Assassins without knives.
2003 et 2005. She writes for Olivia Ruiz I don’t like love and La Petite Voleuse.
2006. Female artist music win.
2008. Jewelry and trinkets is gold disc.
2013. Nour album with A little black dress.
2013. Knight of the Legion of Honour.
2016. Publishes a complete set of his albums on 14 CDs.
2018. I don’t like the song.
2023.Songs from where the eye arises is released by Barclay.
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