Monday, April 26, 2010
26 April 2010. Early, April light. Nicola heading up bed, step by step, curling into her preferred position, high on my chest.
And, of course, Vasya-Shmaravoz. Na Deribasovskoj Otkrylasya Pivnaya (On Deribasovskoj There Opened Up a Bar), a song from the late 1920s. Author unknown--and there are many variants. The one here, recorded with appropriately louche Soviet-era backup band, each instrument sliding in almost unannounced, adding a subtle but necessary touch of the declassé. Which was, after all, the whole point...
Also: an Odessa "anekdot"... (The great cities announce their radio broadcasts...)
Attention! Moscow speaking!
Warning! Here speaks Kiev! (in Ukrainian)
Achtung! Hier sprecht Berlin!
Sha! Odessa needs to say a few words...
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In the original:
Внимание! Говорит Москва!
Увага! Говорэ Кыив!
Ахтунг! Хир шприхт Берлин!….
Ша! Одесса имеет сказать пару слов!
And, naturally, the song itself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdkFes0Guwg. To the tune of El Choclo, an Argentine tango...