Today’s video has a little narrative: It’s sure sign of Spring when the ice cream trucks start making their rounds. When I was a kid in the late ’60s and early ’70s, we would await the arrival of the Good Humor man, his truck sparkling white with pristine pictures of all the goodies to be bought for only a quarter. The chocolate eclair was always my favorite. (It still is, truth be told. But since I no longer spend the entire day riding around my neighborhood on my green Schwinn Sting-Ray with the banana seat, it’s much harder to burn off the thousands of calories in those things.)
Anyway, that truck drove slowly through our neighborhood ringing a string of bells that hung inside the windshield bells to herald its arrival. But now I live in Baltimore, and it’s nothing like my suburban dream childhood. The ice cream trucks here are beat-up, rusty old things with (poorly) hand painted signs on the side. But their most defining feature is the call they make: they play 2 songs over a loudspeaker: either “Turkey in the Straw” or the first few bars of “Für Elise.” Well, I heard the distant call of Für Elise yesterday afternoon, and thus begins another creepy season, where at 11 o’clock at night on hot a summer’s eve with bedroom windows open, I hear the opening strains of Für Elise in the distance and begin again to wonder if I am living inside some odd Foreign film.
So here’s an interesting techno version, entitled “Für Elise Remix (The Best One),” which is one of the few videos that correctly used the umlaut over the “u.” Yes, grammar nerd strikes again. Anyhow, enjoy!
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