Sighing Songs


A while ago, some talkshow featured an item on sighing girls (zuchtmeisjes), ‘Gainsbourg girls’ like Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin. They introduced a man with a serious sighing girl fetish, Guuz Hoogaerts who does a fantastic job with his Filles Sourires blog. He’s a sucker for Gainsbourg and his blog is like a tribute to him and the songstresses who define the genre as well as a medium for the modern day ‘filles sourires’…

France Gall

Serge crowned the genre with Jane Birkin et “Je t’aime“, but there were other breath-takers, like France Gall, ultimate Yé-Yé girl and later famous for her Ella Fitzgerald ‘tribute song’ “Ella, elle l’a” and Françoise Hardy, famous for “Tous Les Garçons et Les Filles de Mon Age”. Adorable…

I am too young for Françoise et France, but I never really got over Vanessa Paradis and I think the Gainsbourg/Birkin offspring, Charlotte, holds her own pretty good too. Modern day chansons like Benjamin Biolay’s carry the soft sung, intimate whispers that Gainsbourg trademarked. Carla Bruni is just dangerous.

Then I think of Tom Waits’ growl, his voice famously described as sounding “like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car.” Hell yeah…
His heart wrenching song “Green Grass” sighs and moans on a whole different level but just as intimate. And then there’s Scarlett, I gasped when I heard “Summertime” for the first time…

The “each one she passes goes “aaaaah” ” from “The girl from Ipanema”, Kate’s sexy “mmmmyesss” in “The Sensual World”. Tricky’s tired complaining and Martina’s heavy breathing on “Suffocated Love”. Laura Darlington’s fragile whispered singing on “Unexpected Delight” and the sighs in “Why am I so Unhappy”.

Singing with some breath…. that’s what I like about it, respirational singing ;)

So here’s some sighing songs!

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2 Responses to “Sighing Songs”

  1. Guuzbourg Says:

    Interesting take on the theme, thanks for the kind words and the link. I will link this mix on my blog.

  2. RaiulBaztepo Says:

    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language ;)
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

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