Music Le Soldat Rose by Souchon &Sons
To talk about the third episode in Le Soldat Rose saga, MilK met the Souchon trio. The singer-songwriter father and sons teamed up to compose the music on this tender musical tale written by Pierre-Dominique Burgaud.
The rendezvous was set at the Hôtel Hoxton, Paris. It only took us a few seconds to see how close Alain Souchon is to his sons Pierre and Charles (known professionally as Ours). A chance to get an inside look at a family of musicians. How did you three come to work together on — Pierre Souchon: Pierre-Dominique Burgaud came up with an idea for another episode of Le Soldat Rose. Having previously worked with Louis Chedid and Francis Cabrel, he asked us to collaborate on this prequel, as if we were one and the same person. Working together on the same project for the first time ever has been a great joy. — Alain Souchon: Pierre and I have already done songs together and then… I think I know Charles pretty well… ( laughter). For this third episode of Le Soldat Rose, Pierre-Dominique Burgaud invented the story and wrote the lyrics and we composed the music. We finally find out why the soldier is pink! What difference does it make being in the same family when you are all three musicians? Do you communicate more or, on the contrary, are you careful not to upset each other? — Alain: We’re a father and two children, but when it comes to song, we’re three musicians. That changes everything. — Pierre: Naturally we say things to each other; we’re all in the same boat. “That chorus of yours needs a bit of a boost!” is just one example. There was no problem about sharing what we felt on this project. Outside the music world, what sort of family are you? — Alain: Each of us lives his own life, in his own apartment. We phone each other quite a lot, ask each other for advice. Especially me! — Ours: And we see each other a lot. It’s true that we all have our own lives, but compared to other families, the difference is quite staggering. We’re more than close. We’re friends. — Alain: Music is what binds us together. If they’d become architects or doctors, for example, we probably wouldn’t be so close. Ours: When we start writing a song, we need advice or someone to listen to it. All three of us trust each other and so we show each other what we’ve done first. We know that if our idea isn’t good, the two others won’t reproach us for it. Alain, have you ever been afraid of overshadowing them? — Alain: No, I am what I am, and they are what they are! — Pierre: Ours and I chose to sit under a “pa-PA-rasol”.