In The Artist's Words
Czech Republic Dreamin'
Michal Krystýnek (left) of the Czech trio Ponk talks about one of the songs on their latest recording, Diedina.
When I started to write "Dycky Dobre" ("always good"), it was about a
guy I knew who made special medicine from marijuana. People thought
he was just strange, but when they had some problems they used his
medicine (for free, of course). But I wanted to put something from
my own point of view in the lyrics, so I changed the theme, making it
a multidimensional view of young Moravian man (myself) who is
enjoying a beautiful warm summer night with his friends and guitars,
sitting by a lake in a Moravian village.
They are quite relaxed, maybe due to the fact they are smoking some
green stuff ("shaahshee" is the Moravian dialect word for some green
bush). Then this man's inner vision begins. Everything comes from
nothing and everything is immortal. Lives start and end again and
again, but this is just a big theater. We should just enjoy the
rest of our lifetime, do our best, relax, and realize the final goal
- the inner village, the symbol of perfect a state - is the only thing that never changes. - Michal
Michal Krystýnek – vocals & violin (the longest hair)
Eduard Tomatík – cimbalom & vocals (the bigger belly)
Jakub Nožička - double bass & vocals (not pictured)
Pavel Rajmic (the tall one) is the new bass player, but not on this recording
The Czech trio has a new album for 2019: Deidina.
Our review will be published soon.
Read the review of their previous recording (and a Music of the Month pick in 2016): Ponk: Postfolklor
Find Ponk online.
All audio and images ©2019 Ponk
Note: Michal provided the photo IDs. The editor is blameless.