Carla Bruni: Little French Singer

Interview and Performance

Friday, August 02, 2013

A decade ago, the former supermodel Carla Bruni released her debut album, surprising people who’d been more than a little skeptical of her as a musician. That album went on to sell two million records, and then Bruni surprised the world again five years ago when she married the French president, Nicholas Sarkozy.

That political aspect of her life is behind her, at least for the moment, and Carla Bruni is grateful. She is still making music, and recently put out her fourth record, Little French Songs. She talked with Kurt Andersen and performed two songs with her guitarist.

One song, “Keith and Anita,” recalls a time when “everything was simpler, so relaxed, so cool — nothing ever is like this anymore.” It refers to Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg, who lived in a French villa during the recording of the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street. She recognizes that it’s a false nostalgia — she herself was a small child at the time — but she intends it more as a metaphor. “No matter where you are, in the street, or in the Metro, or doing your job that you don’t like so much — you can dream. It’s a song about a dreamer, really, which of course I am. Instead of being stuck somewhere you don’t like, you can just go to Keith and Anita.”

This segment originally aired when Kurt Andersen guest hosted WNYC's Soundcheck.


Bonus Track: "J'arrive a Toi" live in Studio 360

Comments [2]

Paul Spirn from Nahant, MA

I have just finished listening to the show headed by the Carla Bruni interview, and it is difficult not to be snarky about it, particularly in contrast with the two pieces that preceded it. Ms Bruni sings about as well as she whistles, and her responses to KAs atypically shallow questions and their banter were very thin gruel. If the rationale was to showcase a former supermodel, there must be more talented ones around.

Aug. 03 2013 01:06 PM
Jacqui Sergio

Kudos for this morning's show. I only recently shopped at Walmart for the first time so was intrigued
by the artist's take on the merchandising giant. The story on Mike Kelly's house saddened me very much.. The reportage on his personal odyssey was deeply moving and human. Thank you, also for Mme. Sarkozy's delicate music.

Aug. 03 2013 08:06 AM

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