Boldog 45. születésnapot ‘Koňskou dráhou’ és ‘Žokej’!

It is exactly four-and-a-half decades ago to the day, today, when Valinka recorded ‘Koňskou dráhou’ (‘On The Horse Tram’) for her eponymous LP and – continuing the equestrian theme – ‘Žokej’ (‘Jockey’), dedicated to the brave participants in the Velká Pardubická steeplechase, for later single release.

I have previously had a critical remark on YouTube that my version of ‘Koňskou dráhou’ was far too fast. Now I have at last sorted out a way of channeling Valinka’s huge voice through my ‘famous’ ‘super-woofer’ from a turntable that plays at a more accurate speed there is now a new version on YouTube and it is now at the ‘Valérie Čižmárová: A Life In Sound’ page of ‘Bananas For Breakfast’. It can also be enjoyed in a larger format – together with lyrics and translation – at the ‘The wider context surrounding BFB: Why I am a ‘Valinker’ (Plus Links)’ page of ‘Bananas For Breakfast’.

While studying Geography with German at the University of Derby for my Final-Year Project I investigated the possibilities of comparing the public transport system in and around my home city of Derby with three cities in Germany of a comparable population. These were Aachen, Hagen and Krefeld. One of the souvenirs of that project is the book ‘Die Pferdebahnära: Die Geschichte der Hagener Straßenbahn 1884 – 1898’ (‘The Horse Tram Era: The History Of Hagen Tramways 1884 – 1898’). It seemed quite fitting to feature that book in the video, which I hope is another improvement on the original ‘Koňskou dráhou’ video.

Finally, in the ‘wrong speed’ video of ‘Koňskou dráhou’, the view of Vladivoj Burjanek’s stunner of a photograph of Valinka on the rear of her LP – ‘riding’ the back of a park bench, as it were 😉 – was, to say the least, ‘murky’.

We can enjoy it in all its clarity now, while also enjoying what was one of Valinka’s very best releases!

One thought on “Boldog 45. születésnapot ‘Koňskou dráhou’ és ‘Žokej’!

  1. […] I am afraid to say that this time last year I was not very well at all mentally so I probably missed the 46th Anniversaries of the recordings of, variously, ‘Koňskou dráhou’ (‘On The Horse Tram’) and ‘Žokej’ (‘Jockey’) but I am always pleased with the post I put together celebrating the four-and-a-half-decade Anniversaries. […]


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