I want to open the music floor to a genre that is near and dear to my heart and Balkan culture. A genre so fresh and instrumental you'll feel like snapping your fingers, and tapping your toes while walking down the street or sitting in your office chair. It's gypsy music. That's right, gypsy music is an actual genre alongside the lives of gypsies being real life things. Many people once imagined gypsies to be mythical creatures of the story world, but thanks to Borat and reality tv shows, people are starting to see the true light. If you still aren't sure, I'll tell you that all the gypsies that live in Macedonia, Croatia, Serbia, etc are alive and well. In Macedonia, my family and I have been swarmed by gypsies throwing dirty children at our feet and trying to take our wallets. They are the Balkan Houdinis' of the bartering schemes for money and possessions. A serbian friend of mine, once had a gypsy tell her to give him her money or he would give her lice. I mean "Ew," but being around them enough you start to be unfazed by their peculiar comments. When immersed in a life alongside gypsies you develop a love/hate relationship with them. Certain people lean to one side of the spectrum more strongly than the other, but they are part and parcel of Eastern Europe, and the one thing that makes me proud of a gypsy is how they can blow on that horn. Like the trumpet, the instrument, so get your mind out of the gutter. Christmas, birthday parties, and anniversaries are the best kind when there is a damn good gypsy band throwing down some serious tunes. At the end of the night everyone has usually consumed more moonshine than exists in the Adriatic Sea but those dancing shoes and brassy instruments never stop.
Here is one of my favorite gypsy tracks. It's by the Amsterdam Klezmer Band with Shantel and the Bucovina Club Orchestra. Since Klezmer bands are of Yiddish heritage, its a more remixed gypsy track, but it's a sick jam. Enjoy.
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