5. Haniś, moja Haniś (1:57) - Guitar/Keyboard - According to "The Polish Heritage Songbook", this was "a military song based on a folk melody, it was made popular by the Legionaries of The First Brigade." - page 165
6. Idzie Maciek (3:26) - Guitar/Keyboard - This song is about Maciek who loved to sing, but had the nasty habit of hitting anyone who got in his way with his cane. He's dead now, but surely a lively mazur (mazurka) dance would bring him back to life. But does anyone really want to extend the favor to such an unkind man?
7. Karolinka (2:06) - Guitar/Keyboard - This is a bright, peppy tune that has always been one of my favorites.
8. Płonie ognisko w lesie (2:27) - Guitar/Keyboard/Mandolin - This is a scouting song in which scouts are advised to always stay alert. My recording includes background sounds of the great outdoors, including crickets, the crackle of a campfire and the hoot of an owl. A wolf heard howling in the distance serves as a serious reminder of the life-threatening dangers we all must face.
9. Nie chodź Marysiu (2:09) - Guitar/Harmonica/ Vocals performed by Bob Johnson - Speaking of wolves, in this song, Mary is warned by a woodsman not to enter the forest where two wolves were seen searching for their next meal.
10. Szła Dzieweczka do Laseczka (2:51) - Guitar/Keyboard - I always picture pretty Polish girls dancing whenever I play or hear this tune.
11. Czerwone Jabłuszko (2:27) - Guitar/Keyboard - This is a Kujawiak. Kujawiak tunes are romantic, lyrical, and often written in a minor key and therefore slightly sad. One of the features of the Kujawiak that I admire most is its characteristic rubato tempo, allowing the performer to slow down and speed up at his or her discretion. My dad's mother and father were both from the Kujawy region of Poland and some of my fondest memories of my dad playing Kujawiak tunes on his violin. I do my best to recreate his spirit in this piece.
12. Hej z góry z góry (2:40) - Guitar/Keyboard - Just a fun tune popular at weddings and celebrations of all kinds. The last time I heard it was at the Dożynki I attended in Podolsze, Poland.
13. Dorotka (1:50) - Keyboard, with vocals by my grandson, Zachary) - The tune is that of a very sweet lullaby. You will be charmed by the music-box sound of the recording.
I am honored that this track from the CD was selected for the 2014 travel
14. Matuś moja, matuś (2:12) - Keyboard - This is my sister's favorite tune. Hope she likes my redition. In this song, a maiden begs her mother for permission to marry Johnny. One of the things she admires about the you man are buckles that jingle on his belt. The tradition of adhering a fair amount of bling on a man's belt is of military origin. When Polish hussars rode into battle, the clanking of their buckles created a menacing sound that struck fear into the hearts of their adversaries.
15. To i hola (2:07) - Guitar/Keyboard - Guests are coming! Get ready!
16. Highlander Medley(4:19) - Keyboard - There is nothing more spirited than good gorale music. I had lot of fun stringing together a few of their most iconic melodies for this recording, including, "Zasiali Górale Owies", "Hej, Góral ja se Góral" and "Za Górami, Za Lasami".
17. Jak szybko mijają chwile (3:35) - Guitar/Keyboard - "Na Pożegnanie" or"Jak Szybko Mijają Chwile" is an old favorite. It is especially meaningful on the eve of St. Sylvester (New Year's Eve) and when sung by students at the conclusion of the school year. The song reminds us that the years fly by and ultimately all friends must part, but if the fates allow, we will someday meet again and to share our dreams and join our voices in song.