Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Mika: Je Chante

A cover of a Charles Trenet song by Mika for a new advert for the SNCF.

The advert is a cornerstone of a massive publicity campaign for the French railways, in particular their TGV service.

Mika says that when the project was suggested, he immediately said yes because when he was working with Michel Legrand on a cover of Vive le Vent, Legrand introduced him to the music of Trenet and he loved Je Chante, a song he describes as having the kind of alchemy he tries to find in his own songs.

The song was originally written in 1937, as the title track for a musical film.

Mika has become a French artist by adoption, the new video placing him firmly in the French landscape.

Mika's most recent album No Place in Heaven was released in June.

A fuller version of the video can be seen on the SNCF website 

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