One of my all-time favourites, "Il est cinq heures, Paris s'éveille." [It's five o'clock, Paris wakes up - MFBB] by the dandyish French singer and composer Jacques Dutronc. In my heart I have always had a soft spot for this song, both for its simple yet incomparable lyrics painting an evocative image of the City of Lights beginning another day, and for its stirring flute (by Roger Bourdin) and bass play. Dutronc stands somewhat apart from the great French chansonniers Brassens, Bécaud, Ferré, Piaf, Dassin, and the sole Belgian one, Jacques Brel. Indeed, Dutronc's music, especially the early songs, show American and British infuences.