When the legendary rock and roll band, The Rolling Stones, was soon to celebrate their 50th anniversary, the whole world knew it won’t be a regular birthday party. As soon as the gossips about their big new concert tour started to spread, all the fans began to jump with excitement.
My parents always used to say: ‘if you study hard you will get a good job’. As much as I respect and appreciate their advice, I also kindly disagree. At least in the traditional understanding of what ‘studying hard’ means. School, university, after-class courses, 3 diplomas, 3 different faculties, I’ve done it all.
‘How do you like your Erasmus in the Netherlands? I bet you’re partying all the time?’ This is the reaction no. 1. Sometimes there’s also the reaction no. 2. ‘The university there, it’s probably so much better than ours, right? You’re not gonna want to come back?’
What first comes to your mind when you think about Celtic music? Usually… ‘it’s some sort of Irish dances? Flutes and violins, and guys jumping on one leg…?’ Well let’s say that this was more or less what I was thinking (shame, shame!) when I went to see Beltaine back on a freezing December day…
Cross your legs, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and say ‘ommm’. Then clear your mind, think of nothing for 5, 10, 15 minutes. Breath in, breath out. Clear your mind, don’t think. Breath. Clear, don’t think, in and out. Then your life changes. Is it really that simple? Can meditation transform your life?
Is your Erasmus exchange in the Netherlands? Well then, you won’t want to come back to Poland. Why? Because you’ll like weed too much. This is the reaction number 1. Sometimes there was also the reaction number 2, but it was occurring much less often than the reaction number 1.
It was in July 2009. A friend, very excited, was telling me about a band called Nightwish. For me, the only thing rattling around my head in regards to this name was a bunch of long-hair high school kids dressed in black leather jackets and armed with very rebellious looks on their faces.
When you’re scared of something, you don’t do it. Makes sense? Not for Yvonne. Armed only with a bike (too big for her) she started her biking trip around the United Kingdom. A quest with the aim of bringing awareness about things that matter.
It was supposed to be a regular, boring 4-hour bus trip from Warsaw to Wrocław. Squeezed somewhere between a window and doors, watching tall bold pine trees on the highway because the wifi wouldn’t work and I forgot to buy the latest National Geographic.
If somebody told that there is a band which plays a modern version of Czesław Niemen’s music, my eyes would start shining with rage. Any type of imitating the work or this genius artist is for me an unforgettable profanation. However, I decided to give Soundrise a chance.