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“Mortelle Adèle”, “Saute-la-puce”: when children’s song broadens its audience



Gone are the days when Chantal Goya and Henri De sang only for children. The very day of the release of the CD-book of Mortal Adele also seemed a delightful ukulele story, written, read and sung by Thomas Fersen. Illustrated by Benoît Debecker, Saute-la-Puce (1) is intended for all ears, large or small. An evolution which does not date from yesterday but which has been accentuated in recent years. The same publisher released last year The Shepherdess with Blue Hands, very nice musical tale awarded by the Charles-Cros Academy, written by Pierre-Luc Granjon, put in images by Samuel Ribeyron and in song by Amélie-les-Crayons.

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Very compartmentalized, children’s song has gradually broadened its audience to young audiences in general and to parents ”, tells Françoise Ténier, a great specialist in children’s records. We have to go back to the 1980s to uncover the roots of this trend. “Professional musicians have been trained in teacher training institutes to intervene in schools. They started to write songs for the younger ones, which raised the musical level. Then came artists who had an “adult” career, as was the case for Aldebert at the end of the 2000s.

“Children are very attentive”

He followed in the footsteps of Anne Sylvestre, whose Fabulettes are only one facet of his musical work, or of François Hadji-Lazaro. From the end of the 1980s, this figure of the alternative scene (Pigalle, The butchers boys) and former kindergarten teacher had released a breathtaking album for young audiences, My big brother is a rocker. He republished the thing in 2011 with My aunty, my penguin, Gérard and the others, in the “Tintamarre” collection published by Milan Jeunesse (a subsidiary of Bayard, publisher of The cross), which had already published in 2009, Stupid and mean, from Oldelaf, a specialist in rather adult humorous songs (Sadness).

When these singers realize that children are very attentive on stage, they convert to young audiences ”, analysis Véronique Soulé, host of a program on children’s culture on Aligre FM (“Listen! There is an elephant in the garden”). In addition to the artistic and educational virtues of the object, the book-disc also allows these artists to be present in bookstores and not only in record stores, where they are a little drowned in the mass.

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