Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Don't ever be lonely!

Katie Melua came back.
For me.
With a song "I will be there" which was produced in 2013!
3 years of ignorance...
I haven't been listening to her music for e very long time even though a couple of years ago I was doing it all the time.
So she came back with fireworks.
And she took me to the musical scenes, to the Disneyworld, to the Neverland, to everywhere you could ever dream about.
I cannot, actually, I'm not able to stop listening to it.
I'm enchanted.
About three or four hours ago my sister-in-law sent me a link.
I was listening to it and I didn't feel anything. 
I was waiting for some explosion, at least of my emotions but there was nothing.
Seams impossible now, when I'm listening to it maybe for the 20th time.
But when I was listenind to it for the third time, there was something in me that broke.
I started to follow the lyrics od the chorus:

"Don't ever be lonely,

remember, I'll always care.
Wherever you may be,
remember, I will be there".

It's so beautifu and so mine that made me cry.

I think it's one of the most beautiful songs about mothers.
Who never stop loving, and always "lead us all to Wonderland".

Monday, January 11, 2016

Soul Pop Folk covers and Renegades.

Two days ago I was celebrating my 24th ( :( ) birthday in my friends house. We've decided together to spend that evening playing board games like "Ticket to ride.Europe" which i got from my boyfriend (best in the World) and "Taboo". It was a great fun especially thank to the music that was accompaining us. I asked my friend what was the music that she was playing, and she told me that it was some playlist on youtube with folk-soul songs. She found it, having noticed that it is the kind of music that Hozier made in "Take me to church". As I really loved the whole list I've decided to stay in this atmosphere and I found another playlist, this time soul pop folk one. 
There were a lot of the songs I have already known like "Heartbeats" by Jose Gonzalez.

But the most of them were the covers of the very great songs that I haven't heard for quite a long time. The first one that has really impressed me was "Crazy", Gnarls Barkley's song covered by Ray Lamontagne. His voice reminds me the one of Daniel Mustard, a man who was homeless and became popular thank to his cover of "Creep", which seams to me better than the original version by Radiohead.

The next one that also seamed familiar to me was a song "Here I go again" sung by Audra Mae. I love the voice of that woman, it's so strong, a bit hoarse, just perfect for me. And her performance with that song is in my opinion hypnotizing.

I also really fell for the next song which is "Always on my mind", to me one of the greatest Elvis Presley's love song, right after "Can't help falling in love with you". Cover by Italian young musician, Jack Sovoretti is a very sentimental, calm and delicate version of it, for me just perfect for an evening with candles, wine and a good book, or a boyfriend, alternatively;).

That small music research insures me that there is still so much music to be discovered, so many beautiful songs I haven't heard yet or loads of covers that are sometimes even better than the original versions. Well, music is a fountain of goods. So just for the end, the last song that has just inspired me to share it with you. The one that you could have heard in the radio recently. "Renegades" by X Ambassadors. Another great piece of music. 

I need to say, I really miss making a music, as there is no time for this kind of pleasures and as I fell that all my creativity has been consumed by an essay about the translation techniques in my favourite TV serie...

Monday, January 4, 2016

Probably worst movie ever...

I have never been an enemy of the easy polish comedies. What is more, I used have fun while watching them. I wouldn't say that I was a great fan of films like "Tylko mnie kochaj", "Nigdy w życiu" or "Dlaczego nie?" produced by Ryszard Zatorski, but they were for me kind of a not demanding entertainment that makes you relax. But his last work is in my opinion simply a crying shame. 
Two days ago while skipping over the TV channels with my boyfriend, we came across a pretty new movie, that has been lately promoted. We turned it on in about a half. It seemed just like the other Zatorski's movies, easy, simple, non demanding but thank to Paweł Domagała also pretty funny. I asked S. if we could watch it from the beggining as I haven't watched that kind of movies for quite a long time. (Un)fortunately the computer was being used by someboy else, so we decided to watch the final part on TV. It was amazingly shallow, boring and without taste. I thought it might not be very fair to valuate a movie watching only a part of it so I have decided to read a review on filmweb and that brings me to a conclusion that the film is worse than I thought. I am really greatful that I didn't waste more of my time. 
But wat was worse was the fact of using a song "Dzień dobry, kocham cię" not only as a title but also as a leading soundtrack of this film. I was hoping at least to listen to the Strachy na Lachy's song in the final part. Immagine how puzzled I was hearing a voice of Liber "reciting" it's text, and than the voice of the main character of the movie, who is better known as Mrs. From The Play Advertisment, singing a chorus. It was terrible, I don't remember being so disappointed with a movie. The only fact that I'm sorry for is that Mr. Zatorski must really think that polish public is terribly shallow, which in my opinion isn't truth. And well, if you had any doubts just listen to a song. I would be too ironic saying "enjoy" so I won't.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

So this is Christmas

So this is Christmas, probably the best part of a whole year, especially for hungry students. ;) But the time of preparation may be a bit stressful or even frustrating. There is always something more to clean up, something more to cook or bake, someone more to make a gift for and to visit, someone more to send a Christmas card to. Well, all those gestures require time and work but for me they are really precious and I believe that those are the things that remain in memory for a very long time. It is the 23th of December and I have already been to three Christmass Eve's parties - at the University, with comunity I partecipate and at Dylemat Cafe, mentioned already a couple of times. The last one was really special for me even though I wasn't able to stay there for a long time as I was going home the next day. 
It all started with an artistic part, as always. But this time it was all about Christmas. There were carols sung by everyone but also songs performed by the solists. All of them were beautifully amazing. As always I was completely impressed by the group of musicians who played so perfectly each piece. I was really happy to hear a song "Mary, did you know?" sung in Polish by a friend of mine, Ania. The first Polish version was made by Kuba Badach, a man of one of the warmest voices ever. You just have to check it:

I have also chosen a beautiful song, the one I wanted to sing since I was a little girl. I believe you all know the CD made by Kayah and Goran Bregovic. I have decided to sing "Nie ma, nie ma ciebie". 

Even though there was no snow (lyrics start with "Zima na ramiona moje spadła, niewinnością, białym śniegiem...)... I was really worried, because I've noticed too late that it's a preatty difficult one, maybe too difficult for me. What is more, we didn't manage to try my song during the first rehearsal... But well, in the end, I believe it went pretty well. Actually, it was the atmosphere that was the most important thing that evening, and not the perfect interpretation of the song. 

Wishing you all the most beautiful Christmas of all times spent with the people you love I would like to invite you to listen to a very beautiful but also very sad carol, sung by Margaret. It is about the Christmas 76 years ago, when there was the II World War. I think it's the one that really makes you think and appreciate whatever you have, understanding that the only things you need to be happy is peace and love of the people that are close to you.

Merry Christmas everyone! Let the Love fulfill your hearts and homes! :)

Monday, December 14, 2015

Time limits.

Oh my... It's been a month already since I have written my last post here. Shame on me. But the truth is I have been a very occupied person during that while. As the Christmas is coming I've been dedicated to the preparation of gifts for my family and friends and I have decided to make the most of them on my own with decoupage technique... but to it I will dedicate another post. Today I could not publicate my works, for obvious reasons. 
I must say that my life became lately a bit deprived of music. For a long time I haven't been singing in Dylemat caffe, I was not playing instruments a lot and so on. But last week I had an awesome opportunity to listen to the Music Academy's students singing mostly in italian during the course they were partecipating. I was there because I was asked to help those students with a pronunciation and meaning of italians lyrics which means for me great occasion to unite my two passions in one "work". 
Last Sunday I also went to the festival in the new concert hall "Jordanki" in Toruń, where a special edition of Luxfest, already described in my further posts, was organised. The event was gratuitous but you had to catch the tickets when they were distributed on the website. The point is that after an hour all of them were out. Fortunately I got them for me and my boyfriend and so we had an opportunity to listen non only to Luxtorpeda but also Pięć Dwa, Grubson and Lao Che. What made me really fascinated was the fact that for the first time I was able to hear live Luxtorpeda's "44 dni" dedicated to the children not born. I was really touched while listening intently to it's lyrics. And the same thing refers to the Lao Che's "Wojenka" already mentioned a month ago. 

I cannot say that my life is fulfilled with music currently, but as you see, as the time permits, I still find a few moments to enjoy what I love so much. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

If she came to us...

November is a very important month for the polish people. We start that period with the day of commemorating our loved ones that have already passed away. But it is not only a sad, nostalgic day but also the time of hope for the christians and what is more, opportunity of gathering together with your family or friends. And exactly ten days later there comes another important holiday, which is a National Indipendence Day celebrated in Poland on the 11th of November. This year we were celebrating already 98th anniversary of reclaiming our indipendence after 123 years of occupation. That is why I would like to share with you a few patriotic songs, not related to the First World War, but talking about the reality of people who have experienced the war or occupation in general.

The first song, "Jeśli nie wrócę", is related to the Warsaw Uprising. It is a part of a CD "Morowe Panny" which is a story of the capital told by the young women with their problems, thoughts and observations about the event. The artists like Halina Młynkowa, Anita Lipnicka, Paulina Przybysz, Katarzyna Groniec and the others are singing their authorial lyrics. Responsible for the whole project is Darek Malejonek with a band Maleo Reggae Rockers. I recommend all the CD, and also it's continuation "Panny Wyklęte" which is also a perfect, musically diversified album.

And the other song that is pretty fresh not only because it is new but also because it is pretty original is "Wojenka" by Lao Che. That piece comes from the album "Dzieciom", which is also good but that song is the one that has really enchanted me. It is a real manifest against the war, with the appeals to the Second World War and to the popular polish TV series - "Czterej pancerni i pies". 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Vintage Edition, unlimited pleasure.

Today I'd like to dedicate a while to a friend of mine, who is a great artist. I was planning that for a very long time, maybe waiting for a proper moment. His song "Here and now" is the one I'm sinking in. Somehow it just makes you feel well. Maybe it's because it's author has the same influence on people. He's simply putting everyone he meets in a good mood, he makes you feel calm and happy, somehow. What is more, some sounds of this song brings on my mind Robbie Williams' "Angels", which is so beautiful too!

As I said, Grzegorz who is an author of Vintage Edition project, is not only a very gifted musician who is creating all his songs, including lyrics, on his own, but he's also very charismatic person. All the clips of his songs are just a perfect addition to his pieces. Created usually in the autumnal atmosphere, showing the beauty of the cities and of the nature they correspond very well to the nostalgic songs. I really like walking in park or in the old towns with the headphones on my ears sinking in the extremely beautiful composition of sounds of "Lies" for example.

Anyway, not all of his songs are so nostalgic and poetic. Listening to his songs you can see that creating music is for Grzegorz also a great fun. In general he's an enthusiastic person and his songs like "I'm from Poland" definetely show his character. It also shows his love for the place he lives in. If you're from Poznań you'll deffinetely enjoy watching in the clip places you know for sure.

There are a few more songs completely created by Vintage Edition you can find on YouTube and I must say, although each of them is totally different, they are all amazingly inspiring and catchy. I recommend you to listen to them, warning at the same time that you can assuredly fall in love!