If I were ten (or 30) years younger, in love/lust, and reeling from warm buzz under the stars, the feeling of “Deja Vu” would reflect what was in my heart. At some point, “what was” clouded “what is.” It happened despite telling myself that I never wanted to be “like that.” It’s precisely such thoughts following the cascade of memories and emotions that flowed while listening to the track that demonstrate how well the song succeeds.
It’s difficult to talk about any of the work of Giorgio Moroder without comparisons to his work with Donna Summer. The Moroder/Summer team (and their collaborators) were unmatched when it came to capturing the haunting qualities of a song, and working them to their full advantage. Moroder’s synthesizer and Summer’s vocals captured the pain, longing, angst, and suffering of the lyrics (“Our Love”, “Lucky” and “Sunset People”, to name only a few from one album). “Deja Vu” finds Moroder once again dipping into the magical well that mysteriously pairs sound and lyric. He mixes in a glimmer of hope that what once was might yet again be. Shaken and stirred, the results are achingly effective.
Only months away from the golden age of 50, “Deja Vu” is a bittersweet treat. Steeped in the past, I leave it to a younger crowd to determine the impact and the legacy of the track. The melancholy hook will no doubt find its place in the clubs where you may find a bright-eyed kid dancing next to the ghosts of me and my brothers, unaware of our footprints, and creating his own once-upon-a-time memories.