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Famous Poles die - your memories


OP pawian 221 | 24216
17 Mar 2024 #61
Ernest Bryll, a prominent poet, died at 89. I liked his poetry in 1980s cos it offered hope that communism would be defeated one day.

Besides, he wrote poems which later became lyrics to songs composed by famous groups - big beat, rock, pop, folk etc.
Here is one important poem he wrote in late 1970s - The Psalm of People Standing in a Queue, later turned into a song performed by a popular singer of the time - Krystyna Prońko. Very short but impressive.



What is this queue for?
For dreariness, for dreariness, for dreariness
What are you waiting for in this queue?
For your old age, for your old age, for your old age
What will you buy when you reach the counter
Tiredness, tiredness, tiredness
What will you bring home?
Stony doubt, doubt

Be like a stone, stand, endure
Someday these stones will shake
and fall like an avalanche
Through the night, through the night, through the night




Alien 22 | 5195
17 Mar 2024 #62
1970s - The Psalm of People Standing in a Queue

Nice song, I remember it, it's a wonder they didn't ban it then.
OP pawian 221 | 24216
17 Mar 2024 #63
they didn't ban it then.

It was banned in communist media. Prońko had performed it at patriotic concerts till the martial law on 13 Dec 1981.
Pollena - | 1
21 Mar 2024 #64
I was fortunate to have met Ernest in the early 2000s. He was a brilliant man, poet, and Pole. His home was so inviting and open that you couldn't help feeling welcome there. He is going to be truly missed.

Be like a stone, stand, endure
Someday these stones will shake
and fall like an avalanche

Great translation! Thank you!
OP pawian 221 | 24216
21 Mar 2024 #65
Great translation! Thank you!

Thanks but there is always a bigger and better fish. :):): E.g,, stone can be replaced with a rock and an avalanche with a rockfall.
OP pawian 221 | 24216
7 May 2024 #66
Two famous musicians have just died.

Jan "Ptaszyn" Wróblewski or in free translation - John "Birdy" Sparrowski - composed jazz music and played the saxophone in many jazz bands. Normally, I don`t listen to jazz out of choice, only when I was drunk at a club a few decades ago as a uni student..

But I will never forget the poster advertising his concert in 1980 - that was the time I came across his name for the first time and it got imprinted in my mind for ever.





mafketis 37 | 10776
7 May 2024 #67
Ernest Bryll, a prominent poet, died at 89

I only now realize he also wrote the lyrics to the song sung by Danuta Rinn that discussed on the music thread before it was made clear that my presence wasn't desired there.

I was going to write a response to your comment about Bank but.... c'est la vie....

Now I'm interested in other things he wrote....
OP pawian 221 | 24216
7 May 2024 #68
that my presence wasn't desired there.

Come on, sb made a simple mistake with your input and you still can`t forget it. Just do your job and stop bothering yourself with infantile problems. :):):)
OP pawian 221 | 24216
30 May 2024 #69
Two famous musicians have just died.

The other one was Jacek Zieliński, one of the originators and leaders of big beat Skaldowie (Bards) group who made headlines in late 1960s.

Born 1946, died of cancer.

Skaldowie with Jacek Z. sing their famous Sleighing Song.


OP pawian 221 | 24216
11 Jun 2024 #70
I was delaying with this sad news, looking for proper videos with Janusz Rewiński, a famous comedy actor and a stand up comedian, known and loved by millions of Poles and Polesses for his unforgettable roles in cult films.

He will be never forgotten.
I first watched him in TV Olga Lipińska`s Cabaret in late 1970s. He played a role of the director of a bankrupt theatre. Nickname Teddy Bear.

Watch him in a scene made for 1981 episode in which the theatre staff are discussing ration coupons - they can`t establish which coupon is for what and finally the boss drifts away from reality under too much stress.

Only in Polish





OP pawian 221 | 24216
11 Jun 2024 #71
known and loved by millions of Poles and Polesses .

Apart from stand up and cabarets, he also created cult characters in films, especially in The Killer 1& 2 production where he played gangster Sulphur.

Here are a few scenes from both films:


Alien 22 | 5195
9 Jul 2024 #72
Jerzy Stuhr has died, I remember him from "Sexmisja"
OP pawian 221 | 24216
1 day ago #73
Jerzy Stuhr has died

Yes, a cult actor in many cult roles.

Here, he has gone to the 7th heaven seeing a stork in the sky. How Polish!




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