Saturday, 21 March 2009

Saturday Photo: Snowdrops on the Sunny Side of the Street

The snow is practically gone in front, which is the sunny side of the street. As soon as it receded, the green tips of snowdrops appeared. By yesterday, the first day of spring, a few white flowers were shyly hanging their heads as if overcome by the bright sunlight.

Reminds me of one of the first records my parents bought when they acquired a long-playing phonograph sometime in the late 1940s. On it Nat King Cole sang:

"Grab your coat and get your hat
Leave your worries on the doorstep
Life can be so sweet
On the sunny side of the street."

I tried to find a link to Cole singing the song, or at least a place where one could buy it, but couldn't. What a shame! This morning's Le Devoir has a big story about the crisis the recording industry is going through, which makes me wonder how much of the musical past is disappearing because of problems in archiving it.

As for the failure of the current model to provide compensation for all but a few artists, that's just as tragic. But more about that some other, less lovely day.

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