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November 16, 2018
Once again this year, I will be playing Polish Christmas favorites on guitar and concertina at several different venues. Here is my December schedule if you are interested in hearing me play:

Friday, December 7, 14 & 21: Polska Chata, Irondequoit, NY:  5 PM - 8:30









Sunday, December 9: Wigilia - Traditional Polish Christmas Eve Dinner at Syracuse Polish Home, 915 Park Ave, Syracuse, New York 13204 DETAILS
















Saturday, December 8: Wigilia Dinner at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY

















Saturday, December 15 & 22: Euro Café, Geneseo, NY - 5 PM - 7
Please remember to call for reservations!

Alex Johnson, with wife Ginny, son Chris and friend.
December 8: Wigilia Dinner at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY
December 8: Wigilia Dinner at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY
December 8: Wigilia Dinner at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY
The Psalmtones
Polska Szkoła
Thursday, December 13, 2018: Rocky Jog and Slippery Hill Climb, Rochester, New York
Wednesday, December 19, 2018: December Visit to Highland Park
Euro Café
Euro Café
Euro Café
Are you familiar with the old Polish custom that the musician gets to award a kiss to any lady of his liking midway through the performance? At  Euro Café I chose the unsuspecting young lady in the above left photo (seated at the table with the three handsome young men). Ladies and gentlemen, my daughter Jessica! 

You should have seen the look of terror on the patrons' faces 😳😱😨😰 when I informed them of this faux "old Polish custom" I had just made up. Hah! And how relieved she was my daughter. 
      Thursday, January 3, 2019: Ballada wagonowa
Marian Poczobutt told me about this song when I visited Syracuse not too long ago. "Ballada wagonowa" is a fun song made popular by Maryla Rodowicz (1970). Naturally I thought I'd give it a try. Just couldn't resist it! Thanks for the tip, Marian. And thank you Nancy Smardz for the great hat. And of course, thank you Lila for the red and white bracelet which, as you know, is featured in many of my videos. (I'm on my second bracelet now... I wore out the first one.) By the way, the Polish language features an abundance of fricatives and affricates, so pronunciation is always a challenge for me. Thank you for viewing:
Tekst piosenki:

Pamiętam był ogromny mróz
od Cheetaway do Syracuse
pamiętam był ogromny mróz
od Cheetaway do Syracuse

Sam diabeł szepnął: wietrze wiej
od Syracuse do Cheetaway
Sam diabeł szepnął: wietrze wiej
od Syracuse do Cheetaway

Trzech pasażerów pociąg wiózł
od Cheetaway do Syracuse
Trzech pasażerów pociąg wiózł
od Cheetaway do Syracuse

W moim przedziale wszyscy trzej
ten z Syracuse, ten z Cheetaway
W moim przedziale wszyscy trzej
ten z Syracuse, ten z Cheetaway

Ten trzeci to był na mój gust
nie z Cheetaway nie z Syracuse
Ten trzeci to był na mój gust
nie z Cheetaway nie z Syracuse

Mój cudzoziemcze zostać chciej
gdzieś w Syracuse, gdzieś w Cheetaway
Mój cudzoziemcze zostać chciej
gdzieś w Syracuse, gdzieś w Cheetaway

Zatęsknisz jeszcze do mych ust
do Cheetaway, do Syracuse
Zatęsknisz jeszcze do mych ust
do Cheetaway, do Syracuse

Wesele będzie hejże, hej
od Syracuse do Cheetaway
Wesele będzie hejże, hej
od Syracuse do Cheetaway
Friday, January 4, 2019: Bike Ride #21
Too nice not to ride today! Monroe Ave, past Strong Museum of Play, to the skating rink at MLK Jr. Park, then down East Ave to the George Eastman Museum (Kodak) and Park Ave.
Wednesday, January 4, 2019: Lake Ontario's Fury
Wet, wild, windy, wavy, and wintry walk to the end of the world at Webster Park. WOW!
www.RochesterMyHome,com
This Sunday, January 13, I will be attending 11 o'clock Mass at Corpus Christi in Buffalo. Ludowa Nuta will there to perform kolędy during the service, then again during dinner after Mass. I plan to post video of everything. Next Saturday, January 19 will be a jammed-packed day. First I will videotape Docenko and Buffalo Touch polka band at the Broadway Market and later John Gora at St. Stanislaus on Peckham St. In between events, I hope to do a little skating downtown. Buffalo is definitely a fun place!
Sunday, January 13, 2019: Celebrating Christmas with Ludowa Nuta
Wednesday, January 16, 2019: Jak długo na Wawelu
Autor tekstu:Konstanty Krumłowski (autor niepewny) 
Kompozytor:anonim
Rok powstania:1921 (rok niepewny)
Covery:Bernard Ładysz, Stanisław Wielanek
Płyty:Stasiek Wielanek & Kapela Warszawska. Dawne polskie piosenki (LP, 1991), S. Wielanek & Kapela Warszawska. Piosenki Legionów Polskich (CD, 1998)
Ciekawostki:Tytuły alternatywne: "Jak długo", "Jak długo w sercu naszym", "Zwycięży Orzeł Biały".
Friday, January 18, 2019: Should I go to Buffalo tomorrow?
The snow storm is predicted to begin Saturday afternoon and get nasty in the eveningI think my return drive to Rochester could be dicey. 

According to Channel 10 WHEC meteorologist, James Gilbert, heavy snow is on the way:
"My thoughts on the snow. Forecasting 8-12" area-wide through Sunday morning, then an extra 4-8" with lake-effect snow as the storm system moves out. 

Sunday will be... GNARLY!"
Sunday, February 3, 2019: Super Bowl Sunday
Yesterday I posted my rendition of "Freight Train" by Elizabeth Cotten on Facebook. I like it for the guitar part, but also because it reminds me of my life as a kid (ages 11- 16) in Sloan, New York. Sloan, located just east of Buffalo, was - and still is - surrounded by noisy train yards... yet it was a great place to live... and so is Buffalo.

I happened to drive down Michael Street today, which is featured in this video. BTW, not only did I live "down at the end of Michael Street", but 'ole Number 9 came rolling by too. What luck!!!

Today is Super Bowl Sunday, but let me tell you the greatest street football and street hockey was played on Michael Street. Yep, for sure!

My real reason for driving to Buffalo was to try out the toboggan chutes at Chestnut Ridge Park and to check out the skating rink at Buffalo's Canalside. 
Thursday, February 14, 2019: Valentine's Day
​Here is my Valentine's gift: "Haniś, moja Haniś" --->
Ain't I romantic! This is one of the sweetest Polish tunes I know, so I am sharing it with you. Don't worry, it won't rot your teeth like chocolate!



Tuesday, February 19, 2019: The Federalist
​My favorite school subjects when I was in high school were French and social studies, which we called “history”. My two favorite history teachers were Fr. Joe Bissonnette (R.I.P.) and Fr. John Ryan. In my senior year, with most of my required courses out of the way, I took a course called Foundations in American Government (NOT Fundamentals of American Government, which is different). The goal of the course was to familiarize us with primary sources and other important works that strongly influenced American government. We read, for example, “The Constitution of the United States of America”, Frederick Jackson Turner’s “Frontier Thesis”, Alexis de Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America” and select portions of “The Federalist Papers” authored by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay.
I am telling you this because I feel our leaders should be familiar with these and other works that helped shape our nation. I think many of our leaders have done their homework and are indeed very familiar, but unfortunately some are not. All should be! I realize reading requires a serious effort and a lot of time away from the boob tube, but it is essential for understanding the principles of our government.

Our country is in big trouble right now. We are extremely divided and democracy is in jeopardy. Regardless which candidate or party wins in 2020, we as a nation must take a good look at ourselves, refocus and decide what kind of a country we want to be moving forward. Certainly, we will need leaders who can bring us back together again -- at least enough to be willing to sit together in the same room and work things out in an intelligent and civil manner for the greater good. I am a dreamer, I know.

There are lots of qualities I expect of our leaders. I don’t want to get into all that here, but I surely hope they READ and are very familiar with our nation's history. If I ever get to meet any of our candidates, I will ask them if they have read The Constitution and the book you see me holding in this photo. If they say no, I will ask them to please get a copy and read it or withdraw from the race.

Read, dammit!
Read, dammit!