Sometimes when I smell a perfume and there is music playing in the background, something happens. A magical synergy, that ties both the perfume and the song into a tight knot, so I can’t think of one without the other. And listening to the song while re-smelling the perfume often brings back the intensity of the first experience of smelling it.
This happened to me when I first smelled Mona di Orio’s Oud *. The song that was playing on my laptop was Bessie Smith’s ‘Baby won’t you please come home‘. If you have some MdO Oud on hand, go on, dab/spray some and listen to the song. There is a quality in each, the perfume and the song, that enhances the other for me.
I am listening to Tom Waits’ Martha while writing this post. And it has sort of intertwined itself with this post. And when I pause the song, I find that I can’t continue this post till I resume the song. I now wonder what perfume will suit this song. I almost feel like any perfume I smell while listening to this, will be infused with a pathos and beauty that it may not deserve. Which is probably why music in film can often times become manipulative, since it can infuse emotions and a certain quality into scenes, that those scenes may not deserve and possibly cannot achieve on their own. Imagine smelling Aqualina Pink Sugar while listening to Martha! But I digress.
Do me a favor, will you? Play this song while reading my post?
I would probably try smelling something fleeting and heart breakingly beautiful while listening to Martha. My mind fixates on a perfume that I don’t know very well : Guerlain’s Apres L’Ondee. The idea of that perfume sounds perfect for the song. But then, Montale’s Black Aoud might be a better fit with its brooding, dark exterior and sweet rosy center, a bittersweet perfume if there ever was.
Now, I switch the song to another favorite, Rolling Stones’ You got the silver to check if my thoughts flit to a different kind of perfume. I feel like being contrary and smelling a dry incense while listening to this. Something like Commes de Garcon Avignon.
Other perfumes and music that pair well together:
What are some of your favorite music and perfume pairings?
* I didn’t know MdO Oud had been renamed to Oudh Osmanthus till now. Where have I been hiding?
** I am wearing the (discontinued) oil which is softer than the edp.
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