Boldog születésnapot, ‘Sněhová vločka’!

In the midst of the relative hiatus that appeared to happen in Valinka’s recorded music output in between the immediately post-album period of the Spring of 1974 and the steady picking-back-up that followed the recording of ‘Tikot všech hodin’ (‘Ticking All The Time’) on 3rd January 1977, ‘Sněhová vločka’ (‘Snowflake’) was recorded – at a very appropriate time of year, for a song of that title – on 24th January 1975, appearing on the Various Artists album, ‘Ve společném rytmu’ (‘Together, In Rhythm’).

To play the song and for details and credits please go to the ‘Valérie Čižmárová: A Life In Sound’ page. Also, to see stills of Valinka in action – in glorious green! – on TV, performing that song on the show of the same name as the aforementioned album, on 15th November 1974, one can go to the ‘Valérie Čižmárová: A Life In Pictures’ page.

As befits a song at a ‘strange’ juncture in Valinka’s recording career I think there’s something low-key about the offering. Maybe that also reflects the sound-deadening effect of lying snow, making everything seem just that little bit quieter.

Talking of lying snow, ‘Sněhová vločka’ inevitably takes me back to just over a year ago (by three days) in Valinka’s No. 1 Fan, Aleš Korábek’s home town of Žďár nad Sázavou.

Here are my favourite three photos from that unforgettable visit on a record-breakingly cold day!


The park beside the River Sázava, with children sledging and the Farní kostel sv. Prokopa (Parish Church of St. Procopius) in the background.

Valinka’s LP (front and rear) by the sign that points to her way to stardom – Jihlava, where she was in ‘Talent 68′ performing her version of The Kinks’ ‘Sunny Afternoon’ as ‘Slunný podnebí’ (‘Sunny Weather’) (which is ironic inasmuch as the lyrics of the song complain about the cold Winter’s weather!)

The next time I’m in the Czech Republic I may well follow that sign to Jihlava!


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