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Moja Miłość do Kolęd — My love of Polish Carols

One of my earliest childhood memories of Christmas is going to midnight Mass (after our traditional Christmas Eve dinner–Wigilia) and hearing the choir at my grandparent’s decidedly Polish Catholic Church in rural Thorp, Wisconsin  (St. Hedwig’s) singing Polish Christmas Carols–kolędy. I … Continue reading

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Żeby Polska była Polską — Let Poland be Poland

Żeby Polska była Polską is a well-known Polish protest song, written in 1976 by Jan Pietrzak with music by Włodzimierz Korcz. It quickly became an informal anthem of the Solidarity era protests in Poland, protesting the totalitarian Communist regime. It … Continue reading

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Muzeum Hymnu Narodowego

On Thursday, August 18th we visited the Museum of the National Anthem of Poland in the tiny town of Będomin, Poland, a bit southwest of the Trojmiasto area (the three cities, Gdańsk, Gdynia, and Sopot). I have previously written about … Continue reading

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Perhaps it’s called a Cymbala, perhaps it’s a Cymbała, and perhaps in Ukrainian it is a Cимвала, or maybe (most likely), it’s called a Cymbaly. I am not really sure. But I’ll call it a “Tsymbaly” or “Cymbały” in Polish. … Continue reading

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Polonez Kosciuszkowski

If you’ve read my blog before, you know that Tadeusz Kościuszko was a hero of the American Revolution as well as a Polish hero, battling to save Poland from the cruel partition of the 18th century. But did you also know … Continue reading

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Bogurodzica is tranlated “Mother of God.” It is the oldest Polish religious hymn and was written somewhere between the 10th and 13th centuries. I learned about Bogurodzica today from my friend Jurek who is helping me learn Polish via Skype. We’ve … Continue reading

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The Trumpeter of Kraków

When I was in Kraków in September, we had a tour of the old city. We stopped near the base of the beautiful and old St. Mary’s Church ( Kościół mariacki) a Basilica, right on the rynek or market square. Then, right … Continue reading

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Kolędy Extravaganza

I have spent a good part of the day playing various  Kolędy CDs that I have. So I thought it may be a good idea to give some reviews and info about some of them. Here is some info on the first … Continue reading

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Kolędy — Polish Christmas Carols

I spent a part of my evening tonight taking inventory–inventory of the various CDs of Polish Christmas Carols (Kolędy in Polish) that I own. I have just over 20 CDs, some as CDs, some as albums in my iTunes library, … Continue reading

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