Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Slavko Avsenik - Slovenija, od kod lepote tvoje (1999)...
...and an older video of the same song, made in Bled in 1970:
Thursday, March 27, 2008
There was nothing left to give but the tiny and most beautiful space on the blue planet, between the Alps and Adriatic Sea, which God kept for himself.
That's how Slovenians got "The Greenest Country in Europe" on "The Sunny Side of Alps" - Slovenia, God's own piece of heaven. Oh, and the only country with 'love' in its name...
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
The song below is about Slovenian folk hero, stout fellow - Martin Krpan. Following is my summary of the story about Martin Krpan z Vrha pri Sveti Trojici (written by Fran Levstik back in 1858):
Martin Krpan made his living smuggling English salt on his skinny mare colt. To Martin Krpan's greatest disappointment, the emperor in Vienna couldn't solve his biggest problem (giant, named Brdavs, who already killed all of the emperor's strongest and bravest noble men) without his help. Although annoyed, he did emperor a favor and took care of Brdavs - once and for all. In exchange, he could get almost anything but only wanted and received the permit to import English salt freely for the rest of his life. :)
Moja lepa Belokranjka (video below) is one of the awarded songs. Lyrics are telling the story about a beautiful but foxy musician's girlfriend from Bela Krajina.
Čas beži (translation: time passing by fast) is the name of the next video below. The members of Ansambel Vrisk are:
- Beti Stopar - singing
- Jože Šarc - singing
- Jernej Tišler - contrabass and singing
- Rok Fojkar - guitar and singing
- Jože Avbar - accordion - and the boss
Ansambel Vrisk - Enkrat v življenju (translation: for once in my life)
The song on this last video Gobarska pesem (below) is dedicated to mushroom gatherers - and love, of course...
Ansambel Vrisk also has a song, named Button Box, most likely inspired by their U.S./Canadian tour (guessing). Button box is called "diatonična harmonika" or, even more often, "frajtonar’ca" in Slovenian language. Here are the lyrics of Button Box in Slovenian:
Besedilo (lyrics): Majda Rebernik
Glasba (music): Jože Avbar
(Moja lepa Belokranjka)
IZ POZABE VZETA B'LA, JE MED LJUDI ZAŠLA,
DANES JIH VELIKO JE, KI NA NJO IGRA.
VSEDLA SE V SRCA JE, NAVDUŠILA LJUDI,
KJER VESELO JE POVSOD FRAJTONAR'CA ZVENI.
HEJ! BUTTON BOX JE ŠKATLICA,
KI VELIKO GUMBOV IMA,
SLOVENSKA JE HARMONIKA,
JI PRAVIMO FRAJTONAR'CA.
ZRAVEN BERDA, KLARINET,
TO SLOVENSKI JE TERCET,
KI JE STAR ŽE VRSTO LET,
GA POZNA ZDAJ CELI SVET.
ŠLA ČEZ LUŽO K ROJAKOM NAŠIM JE,
BUTTON BOX SO REKLI JI, NA NJEJ UČILI SE.
SPOMINI LEPI NA VAŠ STARI KRAJ
S PESMIJO SLOVENSKO SO VRNILI SE NAZAJ.
Learn more about Ansambel Vrisk at their website: http://www.ansambel-vrisk.com/
More samples of their music at:
Monday, March 17, 2008
Debbie is one really nice lady with a big heart. She is taking care of her sister, who is battling a disease as well as an elderly lady who feels more secure having someone like Debbie around. Yesterday, Debbie travelled almost 150 miles from North of Florida to Spring Hill to hear and see Stan playing drums with Virgil Baker's band. She enjoys the energetic folk music and the company of happy people, although - until two years ago she had no idea what polka music was or how to dance to it.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Slovenian National Benefit Society
Sunday, March 9, 2008
About current Slovenia flag: When Slovenia became independent from Yugoslavia in 1991, the red star was removed from Slovenian flag - and replaced by a new coat of arms, designed by an artist and author, Marko Pogačnik.
The traditional three equal horizontal bands of white at the top, blue, and red - stayed unchanged since 1848, when the white-blue-red Slovenia flag was first officially recognized by the Austrian Empire as the symbol of United Slovenia and Slovenians, regardless of the historical region in which they lived.
Photo Girls with Slovenian flag - courtesy of bw.ruth
The coat of arms on Slovenia flag is actually a shield, representing the tallest mountain in Slovenia, Triglav. Underneath are two wavy blue lines - for Adriatic Sea and rivers. The three six-pointed golden stars are from the coat of arms of the Counts of Celje, the great Slovenian dynastic house of the late 14th and early 15th century.
Beautiful Slovenian Alps with the highest Slovenian mountain Triglav and Slovenian flag.
Photo Triglav, Slovenia and comment above - courtesy of Vincitor
Slovenia flag - national country flag 3 x 5 foot
Slovenia flag - Black license plate frame metal holder
Slovenia flag miniature
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Never miss another event again!
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
"The audience, organizers, and fellow musicians, were all unanimous in their agreement that they were witnessing among them a new talent with an abundance of youth and energy, which they had never seen before." *
The Show which was broadcasted live on the radio, opened many doors to more radio and studio time for young musician.
To read more about Lojze Slak, his long music career, concerts, awards and more, visit:
To listen to some of his songs, go to:
The music video below is about an unfortunate car and picturesque Sovenia:
Ansambel Lojzeta Slaka - Moj Avto (25 Let 1989)
Sunday, March 2, 2008