*S is for Song. So? A song with a life independent of whatever dance it may be attached to. Why that’s important is explained here.
Biala Roza is a popular Bulgarian song, written by Thracian Slavka Kalcheva, first recorded in 2000, that is often danced to the pan-Balkan pattern known to RFD-ers as Devetorka. See also Devetorka. Most Bulgarians call the 9/8 dance pattern associated with this song Gankino horo.
When one interviewer asked Slavka Kalcheva what her song meant, she replied – “I’ve received so many good ideas about what it means. Well, I wrote the text and the music, but even I’m not sure what it really means.”
Isn’t that the mark of an exceptional writer – one whose work can mean so many different things to different readers?
Many thanks to Steve Ayala, Petaluma California, for valuable background information, and the splendid downloadable lyrics sheet.