This video features part of a "Feast performance" (Pol. Biesiada) in Seattle WA in 2006 by "Vivat Musica" Choir. This song performed by "Mark the Pole" (Marek Piotr Skoczylas) with Maria Grabowski playing the piano.
Dyngus Day 2010
This song is about a guy who doesn't care about anything but his drink. He rejects his woman, his horse, and even on his death bed asks God to send him to where the Saints are drinking the beer!
I thought in heaven there is no beer, and that's why we drink it here!
Theology can be so confusing. Better enjoy life to the fullest (responsibly) just in case!
OREMUS: On his deathbed, a pope, who had been papal nuncio in Poland and had acquired a taste for the beer brewed in Warka, kept whispering: "Piva di Varca, Piva di Varca..." The cardinals in attendance thought he was invoking some obscure Italian saint and chimed in: "Santa Piva di arca - ora pro nobis! (Saint Piva of Varca - pray for us!)
Source: Robert Strybel, Polish/Polonian Affairs Writer
Polish folk music was collected in the 19th century by Oskar Kolberg, as part of a wave of Polish national revival. With the coming of the world wars and then the Communist state, folk traditions were oppressed or subsumed into state-approved folk ensembles. The most famous of the state ensembles are Mazowsze and Śląsk, both of which still perform. Though these bands had a regional touch to their output, the overall sound was a homogenized mixture of Polish styles. There were more authentic state-supported groups, such as Słowianki, but the Communist sanitized image of folk music made the whole field seem unhip to young audiences, and many traditions dwindled rapidly.
Polish dance music, especially the mazurka and polonaise, were popularized by Frederick Chopin, and they soon spread across Europe and elsewhere. These are triple time dances, while five-beat forms are more common in the northeast and duple-time dances like the krakowiak come from the south. The polonaise comes from the French word for Polish to identify its origin among the Polish aristocracy, who had adapted the dance from a slower walking dance called chodzony. The polonaise then re-entered the scene and became an integral part of Polish music.
Poland's five national dances
(Mazur, Polonez, Kujawiak, Krakowiak, Oberek), as well as modern dance, contemporary dance and ballet are all widely performed today throughout the Polonia community.