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Deep Polka: Dance Music From Midwest
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Classical
Deep Polka brings out the vitality and variety of the Polka and related European-derived dance music played by bands throughout the upper Midwest today. Although little known outside this region, these important and enduri... more »
Deep Polka brings out the vitality and variety of the Polka and related European-derived dance music played by bands throughout the upper Midwest today. Although little known outside this region, these important and enduring music traditions bring thousands of people together to dance almost every weekend. Outstanding selections from recordings by seven bands, representing seven distinct regional traditions--"Dutchman," Norwegian, Polish, Tamburitza, Slovenian, Finnish, and Czech-- demonstrate the deep musical and cultural roots that are so significant to its participants. Extensive notes, song texts, translations, bibliography, discography. 62 Minutes.
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Giordano Bruno | Wherever I am, I am. | 01/10/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Here I am in Albert Lea, Minnesota, my hometown. I love Minnesota when I don't HAVE to be here, but that's not the case just now. I'm bored, so I rumble through the FM and then the AM stations on my cousin's radio, and what do I hear? Generic pop, lots of conventional studio country music, an Irish medley on the PBS, and other products of musical globalization but not one station playing "old time". The extinction of local music, and by implication local musicians, is one of the "environmental" tragedies of our times, not much different from the extinction of endemic songbirds in Hawaii. My cousin tells me there are still a few polka bands playing on weekends around the state, mostly for fun. I hope so.
This CD offers an assortment of such bands, of uneven musical skills to be sure but all homey, all bright with nostalgia and local pride, all lots of fun. If you find the music corny, if you have bad memories of Lawrence Welk on TV, please indulge me. These are my people! But sincerely, I do find musical interest in this music, at least as much as I find on albums of "world music" from Putamayo and such. It's a dying genre. Like an Amerindian language spoken only by elders, it deserves to be saved, before we are all subsumed into the WalMart of easy listening."
Bill Smythe | Chicago | 02/18/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"As with many "various artists" CDs, this one is a mixed bag. Seven different artists perform a total of 26 tracks. The performances by The Steve Meisner Band and by Karl and the Country Dutchmen (such as Karl's Bad Schottische -- get it?) are superb, and those by Vatra and by the Clete Bellin Orchestra are acceptable. The others either have a whiney sound or are lacking in the bass department. In the polka field, it is better to stick with single-artist CDs by the better performers. Recordings by Frankie Yankovic, Joey Miskulin, Eddie Blazonczyk, Walter Ostanek, Fred Ziwich, and Jimmy Sturr will provide a much better foundation for your polka collection than this CD."