Don’t keep reading until you hit play on this link! You absolutely must hear this music, and I can’t wait another second to share the artistry of Stephane Grappelli with you.
Stephane Grappelli is almost unique. He and Django Reinhardt had a strings only jazz combo in the 1920’s, the Quintette du Hot Club de France. The two created their own sound and to me, it is the very best violin sound in the whole wide world.
So, after deliberation and anguish, I have finally sorted through songs and books to invent what I hope will be a lovely, sunny combination for you. Here where I live, I needed a lighthearted, warm pick me up. It’s cold and snowing today!
So I propose that you go forth and read of the grand romp of Jeeves and Wooster chronicled in
“The Code of the Woosters”. Read it with Grappelli and Reinhardt playing in another room, with a cup of
tea and a very buttery crumpet. It will make you laugh and laugh. Your heart will be happy!
Just a taste, from a summary online… “Bertie escapes this ordeal relatively unscathed, but later learns that, via underhanded skulduggery involving lobsters and cold cucumbers, Sir Watkyn has obtained possession of the creamer ahead of Uncle Tom and spirited it away to Totleigh Towers.” HEAVEN FORFEND!
I’d like to point out as well, that Wodehouse’s comical and trivial account of life as a wealthy, happy-go- lucky loafer comes hard on the heels of WWI. The caricatures that dance through the sunlight of Wodehouse’s 1920 are recognizable types, but they are creatures of fancy with none of the concerns or sorrows of that era. I think that is one reason Wodehouse was and remains so popular. Through these lovable buffoons, we can, for a moment live in a world untroubled and entertaining. A world that promises that Our Man Jeeves can Get Us Through. And that is not such a bad place to escape to, after all.