Pink Martini's Dark Take on a Doris Day Classic You probably know it as such a happy song. But Doris Day's "Que Sera Sera," as performed by Pink Martini, might make you feel downright blue. The band explains its take on the 1956 classic.

Pink Martini's Dark Take on a Doris Day Classic

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And what we'll hear next in our music news is a reinterpretation of an entirely different song that's also been around since 1956. You know it as such a happy song, but "Que Sera Sera," as played by Pink Martini, makes you feel like you're walking through an amusement park at dusk, alone.

(Soundbite of "Que Sera Sera")

Ms. CHINA FORBES (Vocals, Pink Martini): (Singing) When I was just a little girl, I asked my mother what will I be - will I be pretty, will I be rich. Here's what she said to me, que sera sera…

INSKEEP: Pink Martini has a new album out tomorrow. The group is a dozen players known for almost perfect musicianship, and singing in many languages and a slightly demented sense of humor. Lead singer China Forbes explains this song, which is one of their earlier efforts.

Ms. FORBES: We take a song that is very familiar and completely turn it upside down and put it in minor and make it dark.

INSKEEP: Which might be what "Que Sera Sera" has always deserved. Pink Martini's music director, Thomas Lauderdale, says this dippy tune comes from an Alfred Hitchcock movie that revolves around a kidnapped child.

Mr. THOMAS LAUDERDALE (Music Director, Pink Martini): It was written specifically for the film, and Doris Day hated the song, according to folklore. But of course it became a sort of huge hit and it's - I feel like that song is both melancholy and hopeful.

(Soundbite of song "Que Sera Sera")

Ms. DORIS DAY (Singer): (Singing) Que sera sera, whatever will be will be. The future's not ours, you see, que sera sera.

INSKEEP: What changed there between the Doris Day version and your version? Is the instrumentation similar?

Mr. LAUDERDALE: Well, it's that…

(Soundbite of piano)

Ms. FORBES: Kind of spooky.

(Soundbite of "Que Sera Sera")


(Soundbite of "Que Sera Sera")

Mr. LAUDERDALE: Less giddy.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Ms. FORBES: Less giddy, more eerie.

INSKEEP: "Que Sera Sera" comes from an earlier Pink Martini album. Tomorrow, we'll hear their new music as they perform it in the NPR studios. And you can hear all of this tune at

(Soundbite of "Que Sera Sera")

Ms. FORBES: (Singing) Que sera sera, whatever will be will be. The future's not ours, you see, que sera sera. What will be will be. Que sera sera.

INSKEEP: it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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