Gorzkie Żale: A Polish Lenten Tradition

One of the signs of Lent in the Polish community are the Gorzkie Żale, or Bitter Lamentations, sung at church on Sundays during that somber season. They’re a series of melancholic hymns about Jesus Christ’s passion and death, meant to be a form of grieving for His suffering. Here’s an example: The Gorzkie Żale are divided…

Polish Artist Profile-Sylwia Grzeszczak

Born: April 7, 1989 (26 years old) Style: Pop, R&B Albums: Ona i On (Him and Her), Sen o Przyszłości (Dream of the Future), Komponując Siebie (Composing Yourself) My thoughts: I discovered Sylwia Grzeszczak a few days ago and have since become a big fan of her musical style. Her instrument of choice is the…

The Best Polish Christmas Carols

With Christmas right around the corner, you cannot walk into a store without hearing such classics as “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” or “Frosty the Snowman.” Indeed, the wonderful sounds of the season pleasantly surround us, which is why I’m taking the occasion to share some Polish Christmas carols with you. Caroling represents an…