(Photos by Joanna Mialkowska)
My friend Joanna Mialkowska is a photographer (as well as an architect and a painter). In January she had organised another one of her creative photoshoots in Stag’s Head and invited us to come either to be photographed or to take photographs. I didn’t have ambitions to be a photographer, so I got the easy job.
It’s been a while since I got the photos from the shoot, and I’m finally getting around to posting them – these are the first batch – I’ll be putting more of them up over the next week among other posts.
While I was going through the photos today, I was listening to a Youtube playlist of Irving Berlin. It’s brilliant, very early century. One of the songs that particularly reminded me of these photos is “I’ll See You in C-U-B-A” which was recorded by Jack Kaufman (Irving Kaufman’s brother, I think) in 1920.
Not so far from here
There’s a very lively atmosphere
Ev’rybody’s going there this year
And there’s a reason, the season
Opened last July
Ever since the U. S. A. went dry
Ev’rybody’s going there and I’m going too
I’m on my way to
Cuba, that’s where I’m going
Cuba, that’s where I’ll stay
Cuba, where wine is flowing
And where dark-eyed Stellas
Light their feller’s panatellas
Cuba, where all is happy
Cuba, where all is gay
Why don’t you plan a wonderful trip
To Havana hop on a ship
And I’ll see you in C – U – B – A
Take a friend’s advise
Drinking in a cellar isn’t nice
Anybody who has got the price
Should be a Cuban
Have you been longing for the smile
That you haven’t had for quite a while
If you have, then follow and and I’ll show the way
I’m on my way to
They’ve worked the melody of “Habanera” from the opera Carmen into the instrumental of this song, which is interesting.
I’ll post more soon. Many things to sort through! which is only a good thing. I’ve finally cleaned up and changed the look of my fashion blog, so this blogsite is next. And yes, I’ve been playing – only busking now, until this season is through.