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30 April 2007



When I was young I also felt uneasy with the dimotika tragfoudia, but throughout the years I have come to deeply appreciate them.

Mou thimises omos kai kati alo, sigekrimena otan ipes, “every weekend they would drag us to the homes of all their Greek friends and relatives, where, without fail, we would spend hours eating and they would talk, argue and laugh incessantly”.

I fondly remember these days as well, where you didn’t need to make an appointment to go and see someone, peoples homes where open to anyone and at all times, classical Greek filoxenia and philotimo.

Distihos a lot of that Greek spontaneity and anihti kardia has disappeared, nowadays everything is very structured and organized, min tihon kai pas episkapsi kapou unannounced, tote Theos filaxi……………mas efage h anglo saxoniki nootropia/kriada


We try as best we can to get together often with friends and family. You are right, it is not so spontaneous as it once was. Greeks, at least the old ones, liked being with other people and actually looked forward to having guests. Nowadays Facebook has replaced human contact. People still have a need to mainatain some semblance of contact with others even as they try to keep them at arm's length.

Perhaps you and I are too sentimental. Music is about memory and for us the memories are mostly good ones. :)


I was born in Dilifo Kozani Greece and my family came from Eprius also.I came to America when I was ten but love this music. I'm looking for a website(s) where I can download Epius music via mp3. I like artists Alekos Kitsakis, Elli Kosma, Giogros Kourts. I have most of the Halikis music. I tried Studio 52(NY USA) but if I buy all their music albums I'll go broke. Any advice on what webs sites I can download individual Epirus artist songs would be greatl appreciated.



Don't spend your hard earned money. Go to youtube, find the music you want to download, copy the address and insert here:

YouTube has a wide array of Greek music.

Let me know how you make out.

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