Before Facebook, before Instagram, before online dating apps that said YES or NO with a simple movement of one’s finger, technology and romance were always allied — perhaps uneasily, but connected. Imagine the impact of inexpensive quick mail, or the telephone. And then, the photograph. And the moving image. Hence this imaginative conceit:
Here’s a delightful version from the 2015 Mike Durham Classic Jazz Party — with Spats Langham, banjo and vocal; Robert Fowler, clarinet; Martin Litton, piano; Malcolm Sked, brass bass:
The bounce and optimism of the song might make us forget, for a moment, that the singer is sitting alone in his room, adoringly contemplating a photograph of the Love Object, wishing that he could move closer to an actual encounter — but the closest he can get is an imagined sound film of the one he yearns for, speaking from the screen. And bliss? Being able to run the film over and over.
I hope that the imagined lovers get to move from the realm of image into tangible reality, and that this song is “their” song — now that they’ve been able to shut off the projector.
If you were there at this year’s Party, you’ll remember this delightful musical cameo. If not, make plans for 2016 . . . I will share details when I know them. And for those keeping track: in the start of this video, we see and hear Thomas Winteler, preparing for the next set, and the many-talented Joshua Wyborn, who made the live sound come across to us so clearly.
May your happiness increase!