In the run up to Easter, I’m celebrating all things chocolate!
Wayne Gerard Trotman a Trinidadian-British author of novels, children’s literature, travel books, cookbooks and screenplays said:
As long as there is chocolate, there will be happiness.
That might be a slight oversimplification, but he has a point, hasn’t he? Of course, you meet the occasional person who doesn’t eat chocolate (or can’t for medical reasons), but for the vast majority of us, chocolate is one of life’s little pleasures.
It’s also a big part of popular culture. There’s Roald Dahl’s classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory tale and the wonderfully evocative book called Chocolat written by Joanne Harris, both of which were turned into films. Coincidentally, Johnny Depp starred in both. And, let’s not forget the 70’s soul band Hot Chocolate – maybe, not so much.
The topic of chocolate has cropped up in a surprisingly large number of songs. Ready to start salivating? Okay, let’s crack on, then with my chosen trio.
Here’s a song by punk rock band The Undertones which looks like a shameful bit of brand advocacy, but back then, that sort of thing didn’t exist. I’m sure they didn’t receive a bean, not so much as a cocoa bean!
Here’s a little dig at modern consumerism from Crowded House. The song reminds us that the masses aren’t interested in genuine art but prefer crowd-pleasing, sentimental stuff like Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals and “cheap Picasso fakes” that look like art but are cheap imitations.
Deacon Blue sing about a Don Juan character who thinks every girl he touches melts like chocolate.