The idea for the workshop came from the desire to find an element that remains a link between different generations of women of Gozdowo. Initially during this project I was planning to encourage the girls from the local middle school to record the lullabies performed by their mothers and grandmothers. However in reality my plans were not achievable, because the mothers were not willing to sing.
Eventually girls and boys who showed interest in participating in the project invited me into their homes. Then, with some persuasions, we managed to register (with the help of Martin Villau who was much more acquainted with the digital equipment) the songs that women from Gozdowo used to put their children to sleep with. Some of the songs were recorded in the households I visited during another project involving creating a map of Gozdowo’s emigrants.
Most of the songs I collected appeared repeatedly during the ten days of the project, but there were families who created their own tradition, like the family of the old lady from a nearby village where four generations of children used to fall asleep listening to songs about stranglers and rapists.
The second part of the project was based on creating an improvised recording studio (wholly accomplished by Jacek Sosnowski), in which we encouraged kids participating in the workshop and their friends to perform songs they liked.
At the end we made a compact disc out of all the collected tunes and gave a copy of it to all the people who contributed to the project.