Pink Martini is a Portland-based group that plays literally all over the world. I saw them in concert with my family at the Ste Michelle Winery a few years ago, but the next year, the band was in Turkey and so we were most definitely unable to attend. They’re playing in Portland on New Year’s Eve and I’m tempted to sell some plasma to get tickets.
The best way to describe Pink Martini’s music is multilingual, tongue-in-cheek 1930s lounge jazz. They sing in French, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Czech, and Arabic. Oh, and English. For the most part, their tunes are pretty lighthearted – see “Lilly,” “Hey Eugene,” and “Dansez Vous” – but they also have a good repertoire of dramatic, emotional songs, often instrumentals (see “Veronique,” “Una Notte a Napoli,” and “Song of the Black Lizard”).
Their most recent CD came out last October, but I’m just getting around to listening through the whole thing. “But Now I’m Back” is track 6, and it’s just one of several songs on this CD with Pink Martini’s token “c’est la vie” attitude towards love and relationships.
Okay, I’ll spare you guys the English-major version – this song cracks me up.