Weekly Vinyl – The Willow

31 Jan

The Willow and other melodies
J.B. Wesolowsky

It is very appropriate that I just happened to randomly pick this album and am listening to it so close to Super Bowl Sunday.
There is a great corelation between the Super Bowl and maudlin Ukrainian music.
In my youth, the Super Bowl was played towards the end of January. The day of the big game always fell on the same Sunday when Ukrainians would hold this huge long event at Toronto’s Massey Hall to commemorate the date, January 22, of Ukraine’s short lived independence in 1918.
So I never saw the Super Bowl as a young lad but had my fill rousing patriotic speeches and melodic Ukrainian music. Music similar to what is on this album.
I love the cover of this album- it is by noted artist Edward Kozak from Detroit. It’s got just the right pathos that goes well with the music.
The recording itself is actually quite good. A little too heavy with the orchestral arrangements for my liking but a nice sentimental thing to put on during the Super Bowl game.

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