Polkas & Beer – Day 1  –  Kicking off Oktoberfest

Polkas & Beer – Day 1 – Kicking off Oktoberfest

For the next ten days, I will be posting one of our polkas and pairing it with beer, in celebration of Oktoberfest.

THE POLKA: “Pica Pica Polka”

I wrote this upbeat polka in C major back in 2006. “Pica Pica” is Latin for magpie. I simply couldn’t resist the alliteration.

Magpies swoop as does the descending and ascending phrases in the A section. And, because magpies are known for their very long tails, I added a very long tail or “coda“.

Johny Blood on tuba sets us in motion. Listen to the “twin reeds” of Ray Fernandez on soprano sax and Zack Pitt-Smith on clarinet.

Also available on CDBaby or Spotify.

Any Mexican-style lager will fit the mood, but I especially recommend a well-chilled Los Gigantes by Anchor Brewing Co.

A very close second choice is a Cerveza Pacífico Clara (Grupo Modelo).

I prefer the tall, 24 ounce cans for either.

¡Salud! Prost!