Last week I rekindled my love of Rufus Wainwright with his 2007 album Release the Stars.
It is true, I am several years late on this one, but it made my week. I discovered “Sanssouci” whilst trying clothes at Anthropologie. I Shazam an inordinate number of songs from the fitting rooms at Anthropologie.
Sanssouci called to my decorative arts ness. Sanssouci (meaning without cares in French) is the name given to a pleasure palace built by Frederick the Great of Prussia in the German rococo style. The Prussian rival to Versailles. I cannot officially weigh in, having never been to Potsdam. I love a fab formal garden though. And chinoiserie? Yes, please.
I love me some rococo stucco work.
Anyways, if you have not been illuminated by this album, I am going out on a limb and recommending it. It is lovely. All talk of rococo, German history, palaces and stucco decoration aside.
Favorite tunes on the album: “Rules and Regulations,” “Sanssouci,” “Between My Legs,” and “Tiergarten.”