Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Good Staff? Why not?!

Sometimes our studies seam too demanding to let us find some time for the leisure activities. But is it really a reason good enough to give up on our dreams and passions? 
For me that week was framing itself as 'mission impossible' with all the tests, presentations and translations there were to face. 
And then I realised that I was going to partecipate a 7th edition of a special evening with a song poetry  in one of the café-clubs in Poznań on Tuesday, and for the first time I was going to performance there with two songs. So I also had to partecipate a rehearsal on Monday. 
In this situation I had to organise a schedule of these days really precisely to find time for both, studying ad realizing something that I loved. 
And today, as the most difficul part of the week is already passed, I can say that I completed that mission impossible, and it was deffinetely worth it!

There were 4 girls singing that evening. Each one with a completely different voice, completety different style and completely different song. This time there were only two musicists accompaining us, a pianist and a guitarist, but I believe there was nobody to feel a lack of anything. They were playing so beautifully!
For me that was the first time to experience singing in this kind of place, where everything seamed so professional. And that was really amazing, especially because of the fact that a lot of my friends  came to support me. That means a lot to me.

But the best part of the evening was going to start. As always, after the performaces of the 'casual' people, there was a concert taking a place. The group awesome just from the beggining, from their name - "Good Staff".  And I must say, this Staff was REALLY GOOD! The band was singing the songs composed by Wojciech Winiarski on the basis of Leopold Staff's poetry. And I must say that they made me discover his poems once again. And AGAIN I felt in love not only with this poetry but also with the music and the musicists.
What I'd love to mention is the fact that yesterday in the place of the fixed vocalist there was singing Anna Winiarska, and that was her to made me fall in love with all this group and with their work. She was not only singing beautifully but she was also demonstrating real emotions, she was lauging as a little girl, she was dancing as if there were nobody to watch, she was also having the tears in her eyes singing about a heart that passed away too soon. 
Good Staff became my inspiration and I hope that maybe at least one of you may become inspired in the same way. I invite you to listen to their songs on Youtube, like 'Przyjście' for example, or to buy a CD, it's deffinetely worth it!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hey! It's music workshops time!

How fleeting are the ideas that our mind creates.

Like from the last time I wrote here I had more than two or three of them.
And now, finishing my cinnamon latte with vanilla milk I'm listening to Chopin (I must say that my discovery of "Prelude in e-minor" encouraged me to listen to the others his compositions, and I'm completely enchanted) I don't really feel like writing anything.
Well, it's not that I don't like that idea of writting.
Or that all the ideas I was carrying in my mind just dissapeared.
But it's my mind, that I have an issue with.
It feels so comfortable being coddled by this unregular presses on the piano keys and by that smell of cinnamon that makes me think of my home, of an apple pie and of Christmass, that is coming so slowly.
And it would like that moment being a neverending story...

Anyway I'll try to give some thougths to my last two weekends, as each of them gave me some beautiful musical experiences.
As the habitants of Poznań should know, past Sunday was the Saint Martin's Day, so all the Saint Martin's Street was full of the stands with 'croissants'. There were organised a lot of attractions, including the last one - concert of Hey

Well, what can I say? The accoustic was terrible. There were so many people that I wasn't able to see a band if not standing on my toes. Some of theme were drinking alcohol or smoking, or talking so loud that it was difficult to listen to the music. 
BUT! But it was awesome anyway. Even not for the fact, that I was accompained by a great group of friends, although it's important too. But Kasia Nosowska is such an enchainting person! Her music, the texts she writes, her voice - just amazing! But if you have ever been to her concert you must have also noticed the way she acts beetween one song and another. You can hear then an ashamed little girl, singing for the first time on a big stage, saying "Thank you guys, you are so awesome, thank you!" in the sweetest possible way. Well, there are two songs that always make my heart beat faster. 'Mimo wszystko', here also with a perfect clip, and 'Moja i twoja nadzieja' (I'm having a goose-flash listetnig to that version).

"Nothing, nothing really will help, if you don't help Love today."

And the last weekend... well, it was quite exhausting. I went to Aleksandrów Kujawski, where we were invited with my two friends to conduct the music workshops. There was a group of the students of the salesian schools, from 13 to 18 years old that sings together in the Church. We gave them some theoritical informations, we taught them some vocal exercises and finally we've passed hours! training some songs and trying to find some interresting arrangements. We could've seen the effects on Sunday during the Mass. They were singing with a power, in a double voice, well, they were awesome, I must say. And we were really proud of the progresses they made so soon. In some cases it was really like watching the duckling changing into a swan! :)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Luxtorpeda - Love for the lifetime

I guess that the most of you remembers a band 'Arka Noego' that was quite a popular group in the '90, at least they were well known by children. I was their fan too, but as I remember, for a very short time. If I had known that like 15 years later I would  partecipate their concerts again, even though taking their performance as the main purpose! I mean they are playing quite often before the concert of the man that actually founded 'Arka Noego', and who is a father of some of its members. I'm talking about Robert 'Litza' Friedrich and his quite new band - 'Luxtorpeda' which became one of my favourite, or, why not to say it, my favourite rockband.

Litza, Drężmak, Krzyżyk and Kmieta started their band about five years ago, playing quite hard music that has never been my favourite kind, and well, still it isn't. Hans, known as one of the most popular rappers from the 'Pięć Dwa Dębiec' also in the '90 and later, joined the group after some time. So, as the most of their fans, I started my story with Luxtorpeda with the song 'Autystyczny' Official Clip that talks about tough love, speaking in general. And as all of the group members are husbands and fathers, I believe they had time to get on well with the subject. I felt for their texts pretty soon, because they sing about the current matters and about the problems that reach all of us, but for me they're also giving a hope. Well, their music had to wait for my feelings a bit longer. In the January of the 2012 I had partecipated their concert in Słupca. I easily felt in love with their songs like 'W ciemności', 'Od Zera' or 'Tajne Znaki' and that was the time . For their next concert I had to wait about four months, until they performanced in Toruń during my first Juwenalia ever. And after that concert, I had no more 'buts' in relation to their music at all. I just felt in love with each their song and each member of the group. By now, I have already been to 8 their concerts, in the September for the last time. And for surprise, each one is better than the other, well, maybe my feeling is still coming to a head :).


Well, try not to fall in love with them watching this one! ;)

Today I'd like to recommend you 'Wilki dwa' that talks about the faith between good and evil, that is beeing carried inside of each of us, just like in an old Indian tale:

One evening an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, ‘My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: ‘Which wolf wins?’
The old Cherokee simply replied, ‘The one you feed.’