Saturday, December 22, 2018
Season's Greetings from Jan Cyman and the Musicalaires--Holiday polkas that rock!
I genuinely love polkas. Polkas go back as far as some country fiddle tunes--namely, to the time of Jefferson and Washington. That may sound unlikely, but we know for sure that polkas were around in the early 1800s, and I read a scholarly piece on line (a piece I now can't find, of course) which talked about polka melodies notated in the late 18th century. It's wonderful music, and more complex than people think, and certainly not easy to play correctly. I have, and have heard, some other Christmas polkas of the non-traditional type (there are, as far as I know, traditional Christmas polkas), but these rock the needle out of the groove. This is the real stuff. Starting about eighth grade, I was best buddies with a Polish American, and I became close to his family--and their polka LPs. I knew I was supposed to laugh at this stuff, but I preferred enjoying it.
My first copy of this was trashed, and after I'd ripped it and starting doing the file repair, I realized it was hopeless. An inexpensive copy was sitting at eBay, waiting for me, so I got it. And here it is.
I'm not someone who likes his music loud, but crank up a polka with my blessings--this stuff deserves a right turn on the volume dial. (Old-fashioned reference to technology no longer in manufacture.) Regarding the Captain Santa Polka, it is, of course, Captain Santa Claus (And His Reindeer Space Patrol), the song on the flip side of Bobby Helm's Jingle Bell Rock. Don't know how the LeMANS label got away with not crediting the authors. I won't snitch if you don't.
TO THE POLKAS: Season's Greetings from Jan Cyman and the Musicalaires
Christmas Season Polka (Cyman)
Captain Santa Polka
Dance Around the Christmas Tree Polka (Yankovic)
Christmas Feelings Waltz (Cyman)
Jolly Old St. Nick Polka
Christmas Time Is Here Again Polka (Cyman-Yankovic)
Why Can't Everyday Be Christmas Polka (Cyman)
What Christmas Means to me Polka
Footsteps on the Roof Polka (Cyman)
I Want an Old Fahioned Christmas Polka (Cyman)
Season's Greetings from Jan Cyman and the Musicalaires (LeMANS LPC-53; 1978)