May 16th, 2008

bazille_summer scene

Sultry

The first really hot day of the year has, as usual, left me unable to do much more than wish I had nothing at all to do. So I do as little as possible. There are dishes in the sink (no, we don't have a functioning dishwasher) while I slug out at YouTube listening to (Just a) Gigolo in the original Italian, sung by Daniele Serra. Anyone who has only heard David Lee Roth or the Louis Prima version he imitated, or even the American hit record by Bing Crosby in the 1930s, this is an ear opener. Tango!

The video has lovely graphics, but here's something more to look at: Model Aeroplane Contest, ca.1910, from the Bain Collection at the Library of Congress. The glass negative appears to have been damaged, but that doesn't matter. The moment remains perfect, as I'm sure it was.