Friday Nite in the Big City
Henryk de Rewenda told us a story that we want to quote here. His words: I arrived in the U.S. on a gloomy Tuesday night in December, O'Hare, Chicago. It was an exciting time for me, so my memories are like a video, that can recall second-by-second, events of at least the first few weeks. Ever since I can remember, I was interested in America, specifically in the enormous African American contribution to it's culture. I felt, I had arrived at the source, where everything I was interested in was happening. So, three nights later, I found myself on Halsted in a small but important club, called 'Blues', where the honorable Muddy Waters was performing. It was a feast, simply unforgettable! I left the club at 2:00 a.m., decided not to spend my money on buses, so I walked home. It was about six miles, a cold December night in Chicago, no snow yet, but something people called 'black ice', covering the asphalt surface of the street. It was reflecting street lights, neons and everything. It looked to me like the 'Milky Way' and I was walking on it. There were many things that I observered that night, it was the life of the city. So when I got home, I scribbled a song. It started like this: 'It's Friday nite in the big city Don't know nobody, don't have no friends' Our first offering from Jowenda Records, 'FRIDAY NITE IN THE BIG CITY', performed by Henryk de Rewenda, is a collection of songs, that expresses our direction in a creative process. Henryk, with his unique perspective and voice, deals in his songs with matters of everyday life, as if saying: 'hear is what I think, what is your response?' Human life is after all about conversation. All of the songs on the CD use 'blues idiom' as a starting point. Big bottom bass and drums are there to caress the hauting melodies and improvised musical lines. Everything's suspended in jazzy harmonies. And of course, Henryk's voice, bigger than life, sultry and sexy. You have to hear it for yourself to believe it!