Wednesday, January 21, 2009

No R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Of Aretha Franklin's rendition of My Country 'Tis of Thee at the inauguration Jean-Claude Narcy said this on TF1: “Vous avez vu, comme elle à interprété ça ! On devait chanter comme ça dans les champs de coton !” Rama Yade tried to correct him: “style incantation dans les églises." Guess there's no French word for Gospel-cum-Soul.

5 comments:

Unknown said...

Does Darcy even speak English ? Aretha is a great artist in my view, greater than Diana Ross who supplanted her. Just another deep South ignorant.

Unknown said...

Supplanted? No way! Diana Ross was not playing the same league or genre. The Supremes were a cynical fabrication. Aretha was the real thing and had Stax backup. And when it comes to 60s Soul, I know whereof I speak. I was a Steve Cropper wannabe in an R&B-Soul band out of the mean streets of Cambridge, Mass. (and the corridors of MIT). If you want to put the PS and UMP aside and talk MGs (Booker T and the MGs), that is, I can go on for quite a while.

Unknown said...

I too am a total fan of Aretha, her singing rings true. I also love bluesmen and Billie Holliday. However, I am not going to enter this competition which I will so clearly lose!

TexExile said...

I leave it to others to judge the extent to which this gaffe can be qualified as racist -- though the reference to the cotton fields makes it hard to deny that it is in very poor taste -- but it demonstrates without doubt that Narcy doesn't know much about music.

Anonymous said...

French knowledge and understanding of soul, r'n'b, funk and others is notoriously abysmal. I don't think Narcy intended to be racist - he alike Rama Yade just reflected the popular image of black music in France: born in the cotton fields, then mastered in churchs.