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SPECK ‘N U (32): Autumn Sonata in the Key of D(og)

Posted on the November 30th, 2013


The falling leaves
Drift by my window
The falling leaves
Of red and gold

Although I know only the English version, the much recorded ballad “Autumn Leaves” was originally a French song “Les feuilles mortes” (1945). This version was performed by Yves Montand in a 1946 French film. The following year it was translated and recorded in English in the US and immediately became a hit (Wikipedia).

One of the most famous versions came in 1950 when Edith Piaf recorded the song using a combination of both French and English lyrics.  Of course (thankfully) it’s on YouTube, listen here.

A recent version came in 2010 on a CD from Eric Clapton. I recommend it! Listen here.

Reader Comments (3) - Comments are closed
  1. Daniela said, on December 1st, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Splendido Rebecca! E’ davvero bellissimo, i colori, la storia, la poesia, Yves Montand, Edith Piaf, Eric Clapton… Capisco perchè abbiamo dovuto aspettare tanto per avere una nuova striscia di Speck: dietro ad ogni immagine c’è quasi un progetto di ricerca accademico… Rebecca for President!

  2. rebecca said, on December 1st, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Finally…. someone understands me! 🙂

  3. Sam said, on December 1st, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    The watercolor paintings/artwork is a pleasant surprise. This cartoon led me to discover or rediscover Eva Cassidy’s music, and that has been a positive gilding of the lilly for me from your new watercolor or painting direction for your cartoon project. In fact, when I follow up with a Google search on the allusive or allusions in your cartoons it is always a fascinating and enjoyable journey.