03.18.2023 Just Another Roadside Attraction-Willow Weep for Me

Once in awhile, when I am on my way somewhere, I have the good fortune to see a scene like this and actually have my kit with me.

The first half of the title refers to a Tom Robbins novel.Β  For the second half-no one needs to weep for me, but I do enjoy a weeping willow and Billie’s rendition brought the idea for the title.

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About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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30 Responses to 03.18.2023 Just Another Roadside Attraction-Willow Weep for Me

  1. Ann Mackay says:

    What a beautiful image – I’m glad you had your kit with you! πŸ™‚

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  2. Interesting information about the song (from Wikipedia):

    “Willow Weep for Me” is a popular song composed in 1932 by Ann Ronell, who also wrote the lyrics. The song form is AABA, written in 4/4 time, although occasionally adapted for 3/4 waltz time.

    “One account of the inspiration for the song is that, during her time at Radcliffe College, Ronell ‘had been struck by the loveliness of the willow trees on campus, and this simple observation became the subject of an intricate song.’

    “The song was rejected by publishers for several reasons. First, the song is dedicated to George Gershwin. A dedication to another writer was disapproved of at the time, so the first person presented with the song for publication, Saul Bornstein, passed it to Irving Berlin, who accepted it. Other reasons stated for its slow acceptance are that it was written by a woman and that its construction was unusually complex for a composition that was targeted at a commercial audience (i.e., radio broadcast, record sales and sheet music sales).”

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    • I saw that article but thought sharing the Billie Holiday version was what most would be interested in. There are many recordings of the song, the first hit on Google is by Sinatra followed by Chad and Peter. There are jazz copies and many ballads. I didn’t find a reggae version.

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  3. Beautiful image Steve! Glad you had your camera with you! Lately I am traveling light and just using my iPhone or my Canon IR Elph. Guess I am getting lazy or my age is catching up to me!

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  4. Beautiful picture.

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  5. shoreacres says:

    I grew up in a house with a huge weeping willow across the street, and a few times tried to swing on those branches. I don’t remember doing any damage to the tree, apart from stripping some leaves, but it was great fun. I have to confess I didn’t realize the song wasn’t written by Chad and Jeremy. Their version’s still in mind, both lyrics and tune — as well as a similarly sweet song of theirs, “A Summer Song.”

    Either one makes a fine accompaniment for your photo. I especially enjoyed seeing the reflected light in the water.

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    • shoreacres says:

      And all that brought to mind the great Robert Frost poem, “A Swinger of Birches.”

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    • I was happy to see the reflection in the foreground water. Adds a lot, I think.
      We have a very wet side yard and considered weepers for there as they are great sponges. But they also lose their large branches when they get too heavy and a storm blows through so we decided to not add one. My neighbor across the street had a few and all but one had that fate. They are among the first to green up here.
      Chad and Jeremy were this first I heard sing this. I also knew of Sinatra but was never a fan so kept looking and found Billie Holiday’s version. Who doesn’t love Billie? Actually, once in the search quite a few folks have covered it. For good reason.

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  6. Peter Klopp says:

    Great shot, Steve! We have several weeping willows at the golf course, and I find them very attractive to take pictures of.

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  7. Tina says:

    Stunning photo, Steve. Was this a sunrise or sunset? Not that it matters: gorgeous way to start or end the day, either way!

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  8. Yeah, I do like this shot a lot πŸ‘πŸ‘

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  9. That’s beautiful! I’m glad you had your kit with you too.

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  10. Absolutely gorgeous, Steve!

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