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I'm Ready to Kiss the Sand (1986) - Vladimir Markin: All About the Song

Today, when entering the stage, Markin no longer parodies a teenager with a guitar... His songs sound thoughtful and serious, and, as a rule, they are accompanied by a whole orchestra! But this does not apply to the legendary hit about sand... Markin prefers to play this song alone, thereby preserving the feeling of folklore from the driveway...

Who actually owns the song "I'm ready to kiss the sand"?

“I'm ready to kiss the sand…” - for most listeners, this song is closely associated with the name of Vladimir Markin. After the musician performed the composition on the air of the Morning Post, it became a huge hit! However, according to other sources, the widely celebrated song belongs to another person ...

Back in the 70s of that century, a song with a romanticized message was allegedly performed by the then talented and popular singer Polad Bulbul ogly. Unfortunately, it was not possible to find a recording performed by this musician ... Therefore, we will not say that it was he who first performed “I am ready to kiss the sand ...”. Actually, how to deny.

Versions of the origin of the song

In the so-called "yard" folklore of the second half of the last century, it is difficult to find real authors... Often, such songs lack both original and "final" versions... Therefore, even after the work is released on disk, various versions of it continue to appear actively !

So, part of the couplet of the song about sand published by Markin can be found in a poem by Igor Kobzev (from the book "Moscow May")

And the catchy refrain, apparently, was borrowed from the work "Memory" by the poet Vladimir Pavlinov (1965).

It would be unfair not to mention the editor Marta Mogilevskaya! It was with her hand that one of the verses of the famous hit was added ...

It can be said that the song was going piece by piece. But how did she become popular? That's another question...

So how did Markin make the yard song a hit?

In 1986, Markin was instructed to prepare a student release of the popular at that time musical program "Morning Mail". He was followed by video filming and a meeting of important guests ... But most importantly, he had a chance to demonstrate his own number!

Markin. Our days...
Markin. Our days…

When Vladimir Nikolaevich sang the song chosen for the broadcast to the film crew, they laughed at him heartily. However, no one spoke up. Markin's number was perceived rather as a joke: well, how can some driveway song compete with the classical stage?! However, the performer himself was absolutely sure of his choice ... Few people know, but from a young age Markin listened to the entrance lyrics ... But what was he listening to - he recorded it!

In one of his interviews, Vladimir Markin said:

“Since childhood, I had a hobby: I collected the so-called yard songs. Sometimes he turned to his friends with a question whether they remember this or that song ... And if they remembered, then they immediately hummed with pleasure! So I got a whole notebook of notes ... "

After the release of the program, the popularity of the forgotten song skyrocketed, as did the popularity of Markin himself! Everyone just talked about his performance ... Some recalled how they sang something similar in pioneer camps, others laughed at the wrong note in the word “kiss”:

“It was done on purpose, I wanted to provoke the audience! But it seems that no one understood this ... I jump out onto the stage as if and see that the audience is not laughing ... They are crying. They took this number completely differently than it was planned ... "

Vladimir Markin
Vladimir Markin

Today, when entering the stage, Markin no longer parodies a teenager with a guitar... His songs sound thoughtful and serious, and, as a rule, they are accompanied by a whole orchestra! But this does not apply to the legendary hit about sand ... Markin prefers to play this song alone, thereby preserving the feeling of folklore from the driveway ...

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