©℗ Tom Brusky, 2020
Catalog #: PP5040
June 15, 2018
Produced and performed by: Tom
Klancnik, Nathan Neuman, Eric Noltkamper,
and Cliff Penniston
Vocalists: Betillo Arellano, David
Broeniman, Mollie Busta, and the
Polkasound Studio Singers
Length: 46 minutes
returned to his polka roots to deliver
this exciting collection of new, original music. As much
as Tom enjoys writing and
music in other genres, you'll find no foxtrots, country ballads,
rhumbas, or pop standards here. That's
the reason for the
title, Positively Polka.
of the album
is comprised of instrumental polkas and waltzes performed in the
Slovenian/Cleveland-style, but you'll also hear a few
other polka styles as well as some amazing vocal
performances and unique arrangements. Some of the songs were originally
written to be used as product demos for software instrument libraries.
The rest were written specifically for this album.
Broeniman and Mollie Busta are the
featured guest vocalists. Abby
is singing a beautiful waltz called Autumn
in the Meadow,
which was written and arranged specifically for
her vocals. The song also features the lush sound of a 40-piece string
Likewise, two songs were arranged for Mollie's vocals, including the
polka I'm in Love
waltz To Fall in Love with You.
The waltz is fully orchestrated with symphony strings, brass,
woodwinds, and percussion to give it a Disney-like sound. Joining
Mollie on the waltz is Betillo Arellano, a talented,
classically-trained vocal performance major from Illinois.
and Mollie sing together with David
Austin in three-part alpine
volksmusik-style harmony on Going
Back to Switzerland.
If you're a fan of Slavko Avsenik's
Oberkrainer music, you'll enjoy the uniqueness of this
European-sounding song sung with English lyrics.
Polkasound Studio Singers deliver a
classic Yankovic-style vocal
performance on Crystal's Balls,
a whimsical song about a girl from Iowa and her balls, which she holds
every Friday night.
sets this album apart from other
polka recordings is not just the
350 hours put into the production, but that the music
original. There are not many people writing and composing polkas and
waltzes these days, so Tom decided to bring new music into the circuit.
only song on the album not composed by Tom is track #17, the Theme from CHiPs. This song is
found only on the CD — it is not available for download.
is a copyright violation to record this music while it is playing over
the internet. To legally obtain a copy of this music, please purchase a
*Composed by John Carl Parker, 1977
© EMI Gold Horizon Music. Available on CD only.