Top 10 Songs All Time #5

I first heard of Fredericks Goldman Jones when they released Nuit in 1990. It has got to be one of the slowest songs I’ve ever heard and I need to be in the right mood to listen to it. You need a little bit of patience with it, and then it will reward you. If I did a Top 20 of all time, then Nuit would probably be in it. I liked other songs on the album as well, so I was really happy when they released their second (and last) album Rouge, where Ne Lui Dis Pas comes from. It was never released as a single so the chances are that only the fans of the band have ever heard it. I’m not good enough in French to understand what he sings about, and I really, honestly don’t care. Don’t tell me, I don’t even want to know. That’s what the song title means to me.

Incidentally, this is not the first time I’ve mentioned this song in my blog. Back in 2014 during my 365 project, I shot the CD case and mentioned that Ne lui dis pas was a favourite!

But oh how much I love this song, let me count the ways… first, there’s that piano. From the intro, and then all through the song, the way it keeps repeating its simple pattern is just hypnotic. Such a little effect has such a big impact! After the intro, the acoustic guitar carries the melody with Jean-Jacques Goldman’s restrained vocals. Then the song almost pauses, as if to take a breath to start building up strength… a new pause, a new build-up, piano, guitar, strings… pause… until the orchestra enters with force and I am totally, completely, swept away in the world of sound. By the time the drums boom, I have shivers down my spine and I could die of happiness right there. To me, this is pure genius. It is magnificent, it is magical, it is making me wonder why I don’t have this song as #1 on my list… it could easily be there. Thank you Fredericks Goldman Jones, I only wish you had released more music because if there’s ever been a song that has left me wanting for more, it’s Ne Lui Dis Pas. I am in awe.

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This is one of my favourite images of all time and it goes back to January 2008. I have desperately tried to re-create this ever since, but I haven't even gotten close.
This is one of my favourite images of all time and it goes back to January 2008. I have desperately tried to re-create this ever since, but I haven’t even gotten close.

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