Loulé is having its summer “White Night,” an event designed to celebrate the end of summer (and give small business owners one last chance to make some revenue off tourists). Our courtyard has been turned into a parking lot, and people are streaming through on their way downtown, all dressed in white. There are various musical stages throughout town, so the cumulative effect here in our flat is one of total cacophony. But a few minutes ago, one bit of music rose above the others: a rock version of “O Fortuna.” I did not know such a thing existed, but I guess if Beethoven’s Fifth can be turned into disco, “O Fortuna” can be turned into rock.
Which of course has got me thinking about Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band. When I was a preteen and got my very first record player (from Sears), I ran out and bought a handful of 45s to play on it. This was one of them. I played it so many times it’s a wonder the record didn’t wear out…but my parents certainly did.
If you want to hear a higher-quality version, this video has the studio recording imposed over the footage. Ah, memories.