We need the assistance of the finest detectives to investigate our next round of mysteries. How did they do it? What were their motives? Did illustrators and publishers concoct their misdeeds together? Were some of the printers accomplices? How did they get away with it? We will not rest until the last puzzling enigma has been explained.
The Gaucho Lookalike
Less is More? Ehm… More or Less
The Theft of the Trumpet and Other Things
The Georgette Impersonation
The Metamorphosic Seduction
We close this post with another Good Night puzzle, the one sung by Ringo Starr on The Beatles’ white album. Is it a plain sentimental lullaby or rather a campy spoof?
Now it’s time to say good night Good night sleep tight Now the sun turns out his light Good night sleep tight Dream sweet dreams for me Dream sweet dreams for you.
Close your eyes and I’ll close mine Good night sleep tight Now the moon begins to shine Good night sleep tight Dream sweet dreams for me Dream sweet dreams for you.
Close your eyes and I’ll close mine Good night sleep tight Now the sun turns out his light Good night sleep tight Dream sweet dreams for me Dream sweet dreams for you.
Good night good night everybody Everybody everywhere Good night.
Welcome back to the enchanting world of printing and publishing. Share with us the quizzical differences, variations or nuances in what could (should?) have been similar copies of sheet music covers. Sometimes these design incidents defy our imagination in how they lead to incongruity, comical twist or hilarious plagiarism. We have invented nothing. Do your own research: have a look, scrutinize and double check!
The grass is always greener on the other print
The monocle and the shifty eyes
The trick with the husband
The exchangeable dance floors
The fairy tale makeover
The world of enchantment, fantasy, bold imagination and daring fascination… I think I have a little idea on how to musically end this short post.
In appreciating things of beauty and loveliness we try not to be insular, meaning that we also have an eye for other things cultural than sheet music. Last week during clean-up we found a small pile of 45rpm records. We breathed a little sigh of nostalgia —those were the days…
We thought it would be a pleasant variation in our Images Musicales Stories to publish some of these covers. Mind, the cover designs are not masterworks but nonetheless charming, and in that way very similar to sheet music.
Next are two children fairy tale books. The record with the spoken story and accompanying music, is engraved on the cover of the booklet (the black tracks, on a thin plastic transparent film). Inside is the written story to read and to look at the illustrations. Of course, the booklet is entirely perforated in the center for the axis of the turntable. Does it bring back sentimental memories..?
The following illustrations are of Sint-Niklaas en Zwarte Piet (Saint-Nicolas and Black Pete). They are funny folkloristic characters who visit children’s homes in the Netherlands and the Flemish part of Belgium to bring presents and treats on the evening of December 5. Or better they were, because Black Pete is now seen as a blatantly racist stereotype. Black Pete is Saint-Nicolas’ loyal servant and he is usually portrayed in black face with a frizzy wig, golden earrings and painted large red lips. This gave rise to a divisive conflict: does a tradition that is experienced by some as offensive needs to be adapted or maintained?
Now sing along with us and Mary Hopkin, to bring back those days my friends…