Dernière danse

June 3, 2015

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Nowadays it’s very difficult to like a song after the radio and your friends have overplayed it to the point of saturation and hate. However, such a miracle happens sometimes due to a feeling the song reminds you of or due to its music video that leaves a big impression on you. A song that I still love despite its over promotion is French singer Indila’s Dernière danse, the first single from her 2014 solo album Mini world.

Dernière danse or The Last Dance is a pop song about the struggle, suffering, humiliation and the longing of an immigrant living and trying to adapt into a big city, different from the place where one grew up. New chapters in one’s life are always hard, but moving to another country is the most difficult and the music video depicts more or less symbolically what an immigrant (played by Indila) has to go through in a big city like Paris: she is sent away from what I presume to be a family she worked for, a man pushes her aside as tries to gather her scattered things and then a woman entering a car stares uncomfortably at her. The photo of her  family she hold close to her heart is the longing for the loved ones she left behind and the fact that she stands on a hill opposite the Eiffel Tower symbolizes her wishes to have a better life, which are still far from being fulfilled.

My favourite scene is that when the Parisian skyline is covered with heavy rain clouds, the wind blows furiously and everyone rushes to seek shelter, but Indila walks in the opposite direction, suggesting that she is different – she follows her own way. Or maybe people see her as an intruder. The storm is not only outside, but also inside the protagonist, because it may represent a mixture of sadness, longing, frustration, injustice, but also strength and courage to carry on. These feelings and the storm form a strange dance of one’s life.

The melody begins playfully, it becomes more complex as the song progresses and let’s not forget the chorus which matches the apocalyptic storm scene perfectly. If the beginning sounds familiar to some of you, it’s because Indila’s song shares the musical motif of Chris Isaak’s Black Flowers.

After writing this short article, I realized how profound a pop song can be if you leave the music aside for a moment and start dissecting and ruminating the meaning of its words; and a great song is just that.

by Alina Andreea Cătărău

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2 Responses to Dernière danse

  1. Elena Atudosiei on June 3, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    I love this song! It’s not my favourite one from Indila and I’ve heard it too many times… but it’s still nice.

  2. Alina Andreea Catarau on June 3, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    I haven’t explored her music too much, but the songs I found are beautiful and have meaning.

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