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    I know there's a lot of great bluegrass played in Eastern Europe, and this probably is disqualified for abouit five different reasons, but it's interesting how this Monroe tune travelled to Poland. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rv9dFhii64Q

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    Good music is just good music! If I was lookin' for straight-ahead bluegrass, as I usually do, it wouldn't satisfy me. If I was just listenin', or lookin', it works! Thanks for sharing this!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hellindc View Post
    I know there's a lot of great bluegrass played in Eastern Europe, and this probably is disqualified for abouit five different reasons, but it's interesting how this Monroe tune travelled to Poland. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rv9dFhii64Q
    "This Monroe tune" was written by Kirk McGhee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralph johansson View Post
    "This Monroe tune" was written by Kirk McGhee.
    Not to nit-pick, but I believe it's McGee. "Sam and Kirk McGee, from sunny Tennessee" as the Opry used to call 'em.
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    Not my idea of Bluegrass but I liked it because they didn't do any of the things I don't like about Bluegrass. I know I'm in the minority and probably the odd man out. I have just never liked the muddled sound of mandolin chop chords when over used throughout a tune.
    Maybe some day I will come to appreciate it, I keep trying. There may be hope yet.
    That is not to say I do not admire the high level of skill to be heard in Bluegrass. Especially players able to play together in time at warp speed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pittsburgh Bill View Post
    Not my idea of Bluegrass but I liked it because they didn't do any of the things I don't like about Bluegrass. I know I'm in the minority and probably the odd man out. I have just never liked the muddled sound of mandolin chop chords when over used throughout a tune.
    Maybe some day I will come to appreciate it, I keep trying. There may be hope yet.
    That is not to say I do not admire the high level of skill to be heard in Bluegrass. Especially players able to play together in time at warp speed.
    I've said this many times before, rhythm mandolin is much more than chopping on the offbeat. Here the player will have to find a place for his instrument in the group where there's already a drum kit with snare and hi-hat. Maybe just lay out, or play countermelodies, fills and riffs.

    In the absence of fiddle and banjo I wouldn't call this Bluegrass. More important than labels, however is that there's very little going on behind the singers except rhythm. The musicians are quite competent (I believe the guitar and mandolin solos are worked out), but I would have preferred a different groove, more of a walking 4/4, which is hard to achieve on an electric.

    However, what about dicition? I have a feeling that some if their vocal mannerisms are in the way of clear enunciation. I have NO problem following the lyrics on Monroe's recording (although his intonation is off in places) or that of the McGee Brothers. The problem is worse yet on the other video, a medley with fiddle, where I don't knowthe songs at all.

    I have preserved only one, 50 year old, recording of myself singing lead on verses with a band and I note that, for lack of a naturally agile singing voice, I have to concentrate so hard on
    time and intonation that my pronuciation suffers (it's been long since I gave up singing completely). In this case the problem does not lie there, but possibly in straining to overcome their Polish accent.

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    Thanks. Obviously, I didn't know that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hellindc View Post
    I know there's a lot of great bluegrass played in Eastern Europe, and this probably is disqualified for about five different reasons, but it's interesting how this Monroe tune travelled to Poland.
    Thanks for bringing this to our attention!

    I have been listening to the youtube videos from the group, and also the brother (mandolin, vocal) and sister (vocal, piano) team that are the core of the group. It appears that the siblings perform under the name "Kwiat Jabloni" (Apple Blossom) as a duo and they are very good together. He is using the mandolin is some new and refreshing contexts. I play music with a piano player and bass player and it works well ("We don't need no stinkin' guitar!")

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    Thanks for that. They seem to be popular in Poland. I wish I understood their lyrics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hellindc View Post
    Thanks for that. They seem to be popular in Poland. I wish I understood their lyrics.
    Google Translate can be your friend. You just need to find the lyrics either on a website or in the Youtube comments.

    BTW, if you follow the sister around on Youtube (Kasia or Katia Sienkiewicz), you will find that she also sings in English with her band named 'Kathy Simon Band'.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsFM29s-xN0

    There is a female mandolinisit in that band (Karolina Jastrzębska), and if you follow her around on Youtube, you will discover yet another Polish mandolinist named Janusz Tytman.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG2NzKDyYpo

    So now we know the names of three Polish mandolinists:
    Jacek Sienkiewicz
    Karolina Jastrzębska
    Janusz Tytman

    Oh how I love Youtube.

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    hellindc

    Here is an example. I took the name of the song "Wodymidaj" and put into Google Search as "kwiat jabloni Wodymidaj lyrics". Up pops a website with the Polish lyrics. At the bottom is a link "Translate to English". Click on that and up pops a phrase-by-phrase translation.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InME0wn4Fnw

    They are thrown into the world and are thrown into themselves
    Wrzuceni są w świat i wrzuceni są w siebie

    Everyone under the sky
    Wszyscy pod niebem
    Will you live like you or somewhere under the fence and alone
    Czy będziesz żył tak jak pan lub gdzieś pod płotem i sam

    You do not know that
    Tego nie wiesz
    Will you live in the mountains, or will the walls of the great cities be hidden?
    Czy będziesz żył pośród gór, czy może miast wielkich mur zasłoni

    Thrown into yourself
    Wrzuceni w siebie
    How big a fire is the world that has to digest forever
    Jak wielki pożar jest świat, co wiecznie trawić się ma

    From heaven to earth
    Od nieba aż po ziemię
    So lead me through the burning forest
    Więc przez płonący las przeprowadź mnie

    Let great rain fall on me from the sky
    Niech z nieba spadnie na mnie wielki deszcz

    And lead me through the burning forest
    I przez płonący las przeprowadź mnie

    Like a great river, save me
    Jak wielka rzeka wpłyń, uratuj mnie
    And they still get to know this world, they get to know the stars and the earth
    I wciąż poznają ten świat, poznają gwiazdy i ziemię

    Everyone under the sky
    Wszyscy pod niebem
    Will you know the world by shedding tears or will you live in harmony with it?
    Czy poznasz świat lejąc łzy lub w zgodzie z nim będziesz żyć

    It only depends on you
    Zależy tylko od Ciebie
    Will you tread on the bottom or with your head in the clouds asleep
    Czy będziesz stąpać po dnie lub z głową w chmurach we śnie

    Thrown into yourself
    Wrzuceni w siebie
    Although this world is on fire forever, I believe in my heart that I am
    Choć wiecznie płonie ten świat to w sercu wierzę, że ja

    It won't change anymore
    Już się nie zmieni
    So lead me through the burning forest
    Więc przez płonący las przeprowadź mnie

    Let great rain fall on me from the sky
    Niech z nieba spadnie na mnie wielki deszcz

    And lead me through the burning forest
    I przez płonący las przeprowadź mnie

    Like a great river, save me
    Jak wielka rzeka wpłyń, uratuj mnie
    So lead me through the burning forest
    Więc przez płonący las przeprowadź mnie

    Let great rain fall on me from the sky
    Niech z nieba spadnie na mnie wielki deszcz

    And lead me through the burning forest
    I przez płonący las przeprowadź mnie

    Like a great river, save me
    Jak wielka rzeka wpłyń, uratuj mnie
    Give me water, give me water
    Wody mi daj, wody mi daj

    Give me water, give me water
    Wody mi daj, wody mi daj

    Give me water, give me water
    Wody mi daj, wody mi daj

    Give me water, give me water
    Wody mi daj, wody mi daj
    Give me water, give me water
    Wody mi daj, wody mi daj

    Give me water, give me water
    Wody mi daj, wody mi daj

    Give me water, give me water
    Wody mi daj, wody mi daj

    Give me water, give me water
    Wody mi daj, wody mi daj
    Give me water, give me water
    Wody mi daj, wody mi daj

    Give me water, give me water
    Wody mi daj, wody mi daj

    Give me water, give me water
    Wody mi daj, wody mi daj

    Give me water, give me water
    Wody mi daj, wody mi daj
    Give me water, give me water
    Wody mi daj, wody mi daj

    Give me water, give me water
    Wody mi daj, wody mi daj

    Give me water, give me water
    Wody mi daj, wody mi daj
    So lead me through the burning forest
    Więc przez płonący las przeprowadź mnie

    Let great rain fall on me from the sky
    Niech z nieba spadnie na mnie wielki deszcz

    And lead me through the burning forest
    I przez płonący las przeprowadź mnie

    Like a great river, save me
    Jak wielka rzeka wpłyń, uratuj mnie
    So lead me through the burning forest
    Więc przez płonący las przeprowadź mnie

    Let great rain fall on me from the sky
    Niech z nieba spadnie na mnie wielki deszcz

    And lead me through the burning forest
    I przez płonący las przeprowadź mnie

    Like a great river, save me
    Jak wielka rzeka wpłyń, uratuj mnie

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    I think I won't be integrating that one into our song lists for gigs--but thanks!

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