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!