Boldog születésnapot, ‘Za sluncem, za vodou’!

Today, being the 49th ‘Birthday’ of ‘Za sluncem, za vodou’ (‘In Sunshine, In Water’), is the day that I was expecting to get together a celebratory YouTube uploading of this Valinka release that I had ordered on-line, along with the following cracking Valinka recordings: ‘V poschodí pátém'(‘On The Fifth Floor’)/’Malý princ’ (‘Little Prince’),’Spousta příběhů’ (‘Lots Of Stories’)/’Zrzek’ (‘Redhead’)and her ‘Greatest Hits’ CD, ‘Léta letí’ (‘Time Flies’) from the ‘Aukro’ site in the Czech Republic. However, unfortunately, firstly, I had to be admitted to a psychiatric ward, then the current coronavirus crisis meant that I was not in a position to go home to collect those records, that are probably awaiting my picking them up at my local sorting office, when these trying times are over and I more than likely would still not have been in a position to make a video recording unless my portable record player had properly been ‘PAT’-tested to comply with the hospital’s health and safety regulations.

So, making the best of it, maybe events were holding me back for celebrating the ‘Golden Anniversary’ this time next year!

Looking at what I wrote this time last year, there is little that I’d like to add to the sentiments I expressed then.

Just to say that it’d be lovely to be able to get really out and about in the ‘sunshine’ alluded to in this song, which can be played – admittedly not my particular version, yet! – at the ‘Valérie Čižmárová: A Life In Sound’ page of ‘Bananas For Breakfast’, together with reading the recording details and credits, but sadly, one is not even permitted to take a walk in the hospital grounds right now.

So, let us hope that, in 2021, it’ll be a real celebration, with a YouTube uploading from ‘Yours Truly’ plus a walk out in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside…or, better still, an actual visit to the Kostel Svatého Vojtěcha v Dejvicích (The Church of St Vojtěch in Dejvice), with a YouTube uploading – pre-recorded at home – from whatever hotel in which I’d be a guest!

It’d be very nice, also, for me to get a phone call on ‘Valinka’, my mobile phone, today, to play the opening bars of ‘Za sluncem, za vodou’, as it is my ringtone, after all…


…as played, in ‘church’, by the orchestra of Karel Vlach, who could be called a sort of ‘patron saint’ of the Popular Music of the Wartime Reich Protectorate of Bohemia-Moravia and of Post-War Czechoslovakia!

Boldog születésnapot, ‘Směs písní’!

The day immediately after the recordings of ‘Proč si to brát’ (‘Why Get Married To That’), ‘Démantová zem’ (‘Diamond Earth’) and ‘Byl’s má bój’ (‘You Were My Buoy’) Valinka laid down the opening track of her eponymous LP of 1975 – a medley of four ‘Oldies’, those being, ‘Koko’, ‘Léta letí’, ‘Sunny’ and ‘Koukej, se mnou si píseň broukej’ (‘Look, Hum The Song With Me’), the final one of these being the song she had performed on Petra Černocká’s behalf at the Bratislavská Lýra of 1973 in the event of the composer’s indisposition, just missing out on the ‘podium’ by one place.

My own YouTube version of this medley can be found at ‘Valérie Čižmárová: A Life In Sound’, together with recording details and credits.

That’s all I can write at the moment, I’m afraid to say.

Never mind, hopefully there’ll be a better post next year.


Boldog születésnapot, ‘Správnej hoch’ és ‘Mám už toho dost’!

I was initially thinking that it was a very great pity that today’s weather on the 44th Anniversary of the recordings of ‘Správnej hoch’ (‘Office Boy’) and ‘Mám už toho dost’ (‘I’ve Already Had Enough Of That’) hadn’t happened on the rather more numerically significant – ie., exactly on the half-decade – 45th Anniversary of the recording of ‘Sněhová vločka’ (‘Snowflake’) back on 24th January, in view of fitting song titles…

…but then it occurred to me that – especially evident in the middle photo in the right-hand column – there was snow accumulated on the telephone wires for the street next to mine…

…which made me think of Valinka’s ‘Hotline From Bratislava’ telephone call on the performance of ‘Správnej hoch’ on the show from the Slovak portion of the former Czechoslovakia, ‘Našich deväť’ (‘Our Nine’)…


…and the ‘Hotline From Hnúšťa’ telephone call on the performance of this song on the show –  also from the Slovak portion of the former Czechoslovakia – ‘Vtipnejší vyhráva’ (‘The Wittiest Wins’)…


…which would probably have melted that snow clean away, especially thinking of the original broadcast date of that edition of ‘Vtipnejší vyhráva’ of Saturday 12th June 1976, as that legendarily long, hot Summer was about to swing into action!

To play these two songs and for information on recording details and credits, please go to the ‘Valérie Čižmárová: A Life In Sound’ page of ‘Bananas For Breakfast’.





Boldog születésnapot, ‘Pojď jen dál’ és ‘Sbohem, školní bráno’!

I’m afraid to say that this time last week I was in the midst of one of those occasional ‘re-activations’, in a milder, less long-lasting way, of a severe bout of flu I had a couple of years ago, so I wasn’t in a fit state at all to mark the 46th ‘Birthday’ of the beginning of the recording of the eponymous album, with ‘Dál než nejdál’ (‘Further Than The Furthest’), ‘Padal déšť’ (‘The Rain Was Falling’) and ‘Píseň o kraji’ (‘Song About The Region’) in any way.

Although I have now recovered from that this Saturday has been a little unexpectedly fraught, in its own way, so, somewhat late in the day, as I write at nearly 10.00 pm, here is, as last year, the opportunity to remark that I cannot improve upon the perfection of the anniversary marking the four-and-a-half decades of a couple of years ago – written, ironically, very shortly after I’d got over the aforementioned bout of flu – of the recordings of ‘Pojď jen dál’ (‘Just Come On’) and ‘Sbohem, školní bráno’ (‘Farewell, School Gate’).

Boldog 68. születésnapot, Valinka

It is now half-a-century on to the day from Valinka’s first birthday in the full public glare of the nation of Czechoslovakia – her 18th, so, that being near the beginning and my happening to be around that part of my home town, Belper, in any case earlier today, I have, as last year, taken Valinka – or rather, her records of mine! – on a sort of ‘Birthday Walk’ on the sunny day it was, via the Pontoon Field by the River Derwent and back to my old house at ‘Frith Knoll’, on Chevin Road, where it all began for me with Valinka.

Since I also have a copy of the ‘Derby Evening Telegraph’ Entertainment Page of Thursday 29th January 1970…


…it’s interesting to note that, had Valinka been a lass from around Derby (I wish!), she’d have been a bit on the young side to go celebrating her ‘little’ coming-of-age, actually on the appointed day – I always sort of think that the 18th is the ‘little’ one and the 21st (for Valinka, 29th January 1973) is the ‘big’ one – at the Hippo Nightclub and Speakeasy’s ‘Carnival Night’ (‘for the sophisticated over-20’s and 30’s’), but she could have headed off to The Windmill Club for, very fittingly, ‘Rick’s Birthday Party’ instead and benefitted from that ‘Free 1970 Membership’!

I hope, Valinka, that you enjoyed the ‘My Favourite Walk’ – from the Pontoon Bridge, by Belper Sewerage Works to Chevin Road – that helped me to a Grade A English Language O Level when I re-took it at Derby College of Further Education in the June of 1981!

It’s remarkable to note, incidentally, how my two academic years at Herbert Strutt School (1972-1973 and 1973-1974), when I first discovered the walk home from what I know as ‘Belper’s back door’ – ‘Belper’s front door’ being the main Belper Bridge –  with it being such a significant time in Valinka’s all-too-short recording career, have, in a way, supplanted my two academic years at Derby College of Further Education (1980-1981 and 1981-1982) as a particularly affectionately-remembered two-year period at an educational institution.

At that time, the Belper Sewerage Works were being extensively extended and those ‘Herbert Strutt School Days’ featured at ‘Valérie Čižmárová: A Life In Sound’ rang to the sound of the massive pile driver at the Works, which was clearly audible even from our back garden at ‘Frith Knoll’ on summery days…sort of like Valinka’s own ‘pile driver’ from that period, ‘Důkaz mi dej’ (‘Prove It To Me’)! 😉 …

…which, sadly, like the ‘V poschodí pátém’ (‘On The Fifth Floor’) referenced at that ‘Bananas For Breakfast’ post from this time last year, is still not part of that Valinka record collection illustrated! 😦

Boldog 45. születésnapot, ‘Sněhová vločka’!

Four-and-a-half decades ago to the day, the fantastically seasonally-entitled ‘Sněhová vločka’ (‘Snowflake’) was recorded for the album, ‘Ve společném rytmu’ (‘Together, In Rhythm’), so, to celebrate this occasion, a new YouTube video has been uploaded just today and can be enjoyed, along with the following stills of Valinka performing ‘Sněhová vločka’ on the television show of the same name as the album, originally broadcast on 15th November 1974 and information on full recording details and credits at the ‘Valérie Čižmárová: A Life In Sound’ page of ‘Bananas For Breakfast’.