Bertram Wooster infuses old poems with a musical makeover

How about a little folk-pop with your classic poetry?

This darling collection of songs by Bertram Wooster — a project by French musician Olivier Le Blouch — plays a wonderful mix of instruments over the stanzas of old beloveds by the likes of Lord Byron, Robert Frost and William Butler Yeats. It’s magnificent how much more appealing these poems are when presented in Le Blouch’s delicate, alluring voice.

The elegant piano composition of John Keats’ “Fairy Song,” both bright and somber, leads gently into the more uptempo “When We Two Parted” by Byron. One of the best sounds on the album may be the sweet twinkles of a baby piano, making appearances for Anonymous’ “Little Lessons” and Lear’s “The Duck and the Kangaroo.”

I'm fairly sure some "bong trees" were involved in the making of this story.

But let’s not also forget the brilliant tones of melodica featured at times and the occasional hints of metallophone. My two favorite poems of the bunch — Edward Lear’s “The Owl and the Pussycat” and Lewis Carroll’s “The Walrus and the Carpenter” — both get the ukulele treatment. The latter an upbeat little tune complete with flute, tambourine and much more; the former speaking to my heart of hearts with handclaps, one of my greatest (and most dear) weaknesses.

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