Music and my life–1 — 1943

Don’t be misled – I am neither a musician nor a musician’s bootlace. However, all our lives have their soundtracks, and I thought I would start recording mine.

I am prompted in part by one of those books from the $5 shop:


It is hardly worth complaining about the truth or falsehood of the title. The book, edited by Sean Egan, is a bit thin on Aussie references – doesn’t notice, for example, that Jim Sharman (under the entry for Rocky Horror) is Australian. But it is a fun book and better still quite a useful one.

So let’s start on my year of birth, which coincides with Oklahoma the musical. Rather than that, though, something I do remember hearing when quite young also originated in 1943.


Telegram sent by my father to my mother 1943. She was still in hospital having had me.

There is a nice little story about the song:

"La Mer" is a song written by French composer, lyricist, singer and showman Charles Trenet (1913 – 2001).

Trenet wrote the lyrics of "La Mer" on a train in 1943 while travelling along the French Mediterranean coast, returning from Paris to Narbonne. He supposedly wrote the song in ten minutes, on toilet paper supplied by SNCF. He was assisted with the tune by Leo Chauliac. It was originally published by Raoul Breton.

It was not until 1946 that Trenet recorded the song. When it was released in 1946, it became an unexpected hit, and has remained a chanson classic ever since.

Meanwhile at The Bates Motel at sunset last night:


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