If you're wondering about the delay on this post (if you visit me regularly, you know I post every other day) it's because I've been sulking. I had the experience of a lifetime on Sunday and the battery in my camera died just before the event began! I was lucky enough to have tickets to attend a tribute to Serge Gainsbourg at my favorite venue the Hollywood Bowl, and I must say it was the best concert I've ever experienced! So, I should just be satisfied with that but I so wanted to share the beauty of the Bowl with all of you... And there were some very inspired outfits worn by members of the audience.... another missed opportunity.... I am not whining! It was a lesson learned! I suppose I'll just have to get tickets to another show before the season is over to do her justice!
My girlfriend and I brought our picnic inside the venue - most people bring wine and cheese and the like - but some people like to eat at the tables provided near the parking lots. It's like a tailgate party of sorts...
The program included among many talented artists, Beck; Sean Lenon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl (their band is The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger); and Claude Vanier who composed and arranged Serge's most influential concept album "Melody Nelson" performed for his first time in the US. It was by far the highlight of the evening!
A couple friends I made along the way...
The Hollywood Bowl's distinctive band shell. The structure is a set of concentric arches that first graced the site in 1929. It has been replaced many times over since then. Nestled in the Hollywood Hills, with the Hollywood Sign to the Northeast, it is the largest natural ampitheater in the US with a capacity to seat 18,000. When lit at night it is incredibly dramatic and exciting... and I didn't get a single shot! Not whining... The box seats in the front are considered the choice seats, and people "own" them the way one would own a box seat at a sporting event. I saw a concert in one once, and I have to say, I felt a little confined. I actually prefer the benches to either side. And they are less pricey!
Serge Gainsbourg was a French singer-songwriter-poet-actor-director. He is widely regarded as one of the world's most influential popular musicians. His music was tough to categorize as it followed genres like Jazz, ballads, mambos, lounge, reggae, pop (including adult contemporary pop, kitch pop, yeah yeah pop, 80's pop, pop art pop, prog pop, space age pop, psychedelic pop, and erotic pop), funk, disco, calypso, Africana, bossa nova, and rock and roll. Wow.
Serge Gainsbourg was also quite the playboy. He wrote songs for, performed with, and seduced some of the most beautiful women in the world. His longest relationship was with the lovely and talented style icon Jane Birkin.
(photo via Teemix)
They were never married but shared a tumultuous relationship for thirteen years and gave life to one of my favorite singers - Charlotte - in 1971. Jane collaborated with Serge on many songs, the most notable and controversial "Je T'Aime Mois... Non Plus". It was originally written for Brigitte Bardot (and there is an original recording with B.B. in which she is said to actually orgasm) but released with Jane performing all the simulated orgasms at the climax of the song. It was banned by the Vatican... and inspired the disco hit by Donna Summers "Love to Love You".
(photo via LIFE)
(photo via mademoisellebardot)
Jane and Brigitte in "If Don Juan Were A Woman"
The model-actress-singer Bambou - Serge's last serious relationship which produced a son "Lulu", who also performed Sunday night.
Serge died of a heart attack in 1991 after years of living life indulgently and passionately. His funeral brought Paris to a standstill. French President Francois Mitterand declared him "...our Beaudelaire, our Appolinaire".