My song today is ‘Auberge’. This is a song by British singer-songwriter Chris Rea and was released in 1991 as the lead single from his eleventh studio album ‘Auberge’. It was written by Rea and produced by Jon Kelly. ‘Auberge’ reached Number 16 in the United Kingdom. I understand the song title, ‘Auberge’ to be a French inn or hostelry.
I only heard the song last year the very first time, but I was simply blown away by the vibrant beat. I fell in love with Chris Rea when I was first introduced to his seasonal song ‘Driving Home for Christmas’ many years ago. It was only recently, however, since I started my daily singing practice that I decided to look up other songs he has recorded. While many of his songs have few words in them to sing, the musical and guitar playing is simply out of this world. Many of his later songs have lengthy musical openings, followed by musical interludes, and concluding by extremely long musical playouts. It is as though his singing is merely a vehicle/device to showcase his guitar playing, rather than the other way around. There is a familiarity with all of Chris Rea’s records that seem to be ideal for the drivers of any vehicle on the open road. In fact, he seems to have merely extended his ‘open road theme’ ever since he made it big with ‘Driving Home for Christmas’. I love his songs and music.
Love and peace