Today is the very auspicious occasion of the half-century anniversary of the recording of Valinka’s ‘Za sluncem, za vodou’ (‘In Sunshine, In Water’), alternately known as ‘Borůvek pár’ (‘A Few Blueberries’).
This was a double ‘first’ for Valinka inasmuch as this was (a) her first recording at the Dejvice recording studio and (b) her first collaboration of quite a few with the great Karel Vlach. This track also has the honour – in my own humble opinion, of course! – of being the ringtone for my mobile phone, ‘Valinka’, which could also be called, in like manner to a ‘Blackberry’, the ‘Blueberry’!
I think ‘Bananas For Breakfast’ Blog readers will agree that, with that quite startling opening few bars of the Karel Vlach Orchestra’s horns section instantly swinging into action, my choice of that for a ringtone was a very wise one. Since, I have a copy on vinyl I thought today would be a very apposite juncture at which to get together a YouTube video of it playing on my system, the results of which are now included at the ‘Valérie Čižmárová: A Life In Sound’ page of ‘Bananas For Breakfast’, where one will see my favourite still from the performance by Valinka of ‘Za sluncem, za vodou’, under its alternate title, on the television show, ‘Televarieté č. 3’ (‘Televarieté No. 3’) on 20th August 1971.
Over at the ‘sister Blog’ to ‘Bananas For Breakfast’, ‘Girls Of The Golden East’, I remarked in the Blog post celebrating the half-decade anniversary of the first ‘proper’ post that a probable target of going to Prague on the half-century anniversary of the recording, at Mozarteum, of my first YouTube uploading of a Valinka record, ‘Oči nelžou’ (‘Eyes Don’t Lie’) and my current all-time Valinka No. 1, ‘Říkáš pořád, jak ti na mně záleží’ (‘You Always Say How You Care About Me’), would be 28th August next year. However, the announcements of the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, earlier today regarding foreign travel did sound a little more encouraging for this year, so, who knows, I might make it for the end of this September on the half-century anniversary of the recording of Valinka’s cover of The Sweet’s ‘Co-Co’, ‘Koko’ and the song that got that ‘Girls Of The Golden East’ ball rolling about three years previously to that first ‘Girls Of The Golden East’ post, Hana Zagorová’s cover of Middle Of The Road’s ‘Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum’, ‘Pan Tydlitýt a pan Tydlitát’ (‘Mr. Tydlitýt And Mr. Tydlitát’) at the aforementioned Dejvice studio, now the Kostel Svatého Vojtěcha v Dejvicích (The Church of St Vojtěch in Dejvice).
If that does come to pass maybe all these people I’d like to accompany me to the places where Valinka and the other ‘Girls Of The Golden East’ put down all that fantastic material on vinyl may get to go with me nearly a year sooner than expected.
Let’s see if the sun will shine on the water over this coming summer!