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Terminale L

You had to select a song of the 60s and explain the reasons for your choice.

This is Mélanie's choice:

You can't always get what you want - The Rolling Stones

"I have chosen this song from 1969. It was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.  It refers to issues which were often mentioned in songs at this period like drugs, love, politics etc.  And furthermore the lyrics refer to the end of "Swinging London"... Richie Unterberger, the author of books about music history and travel said that it was like the "  Swinging London Burning Out". The title which says "you can't always get what you want" shows the reality of life, the fact that we will not always have what we want, and also that we have to work hard, to try hard to be able to get what we really want. There is a message in this song! 

  I like this song because, first of all, I love the melody. Moreover, the choirs give a power to the song, a capacity of interpretation, and a different form of interpretation from The Rolling Stones. For me, the choirs reflect well the fact that people are together, "hand in hand", and are working together... The instrumental of the song is very interesting too because of the choice of instruments, like congas and maracas which reminds us of Latin music. And the organ and the choirs reminds us of gospel song, which I love!

  I like the band, The Rolling Stones, because their music is great, they are fabulous musicians (especially Keith Richards and Brian Jones, who is, unfortunately dead..). Mick Jagger has a very special and interesting voice, his voice is incomparable. His performances on stage are incredible and he will always impress me! The fact that I had read Mick's and Keith's biography, has made me even more  filled with admiration for this band !"

You can't always get what you want - The Rolling Stones


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