I’m taking a class right now where we have a most unusual homework assignment. Our teacher asked us students to experiment with living our life as though we were starring in an inspirational autobiographical film. We are our own actors, directors, producers, set and costume designers. After all, life is a stage and we are but the players, n’est-ce pas? As we all know, films require soundtracks that enhance and support the story. When one is living her life in Candyland as a Bon Bon Queen, it seems only right to go in search of sugary sweet background music.
And so, I started compiling a play list with the help of my D.J. friend, Bob McKenzie of Sundance Sound. We came up with songs like “C’est Si Bon” performed by Eartha Kitt (one of my all-time favorite singers!). Of course, Ricky Martin’s “Shake Your Bon Bon” was a must. Then, there’s “The Candy Man” as sung by Sammy Davis Junior and any of the tunes from the old-school Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory soundtrack. D.J. Bob (of Wilmington’s Sundance Sound) introduced to me to a song I just love and hope to perform one day—“Candy Store Blues” by Maria Muldaur. Since I am a child of the 70’s and 80’s, it only felt right to have C is for Cookie by Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster and Candy Girl by New Edition. And, today’s pop queen starlets could be contenders—Mandy Moore with “Candy” and Christina Aguileira with her own “Candy Man” song.
But, it was Pascal, who found the most poignant Bon Bon song of all—Les Bon Bons by Jacques Brel. Now, here’s the thing about French singers—and I’m talking about the old-timers like Charles Azanavour, Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel and those giants of the era when Parisian cabaret reigned supreme. No one could interpret a song the way these singers could. Oh yes, there were lots of singers with clearer bell-tone voices, better pitch, greater range; but when these artistes got up on the stage, they pulled you right in to their chanson.