The beginnings were quite nightmarish for one of Poland’s most celebrated singers. Irena Jarocka first arrived in the U.S.A. in 1990. Following her husband to this country, Irena Jarocka left behind everything she loved and held dear in Poland. She felt hopelessly lost, as have many of us, when she arrived here. She remembered an active, engaging life of creativity and successful artistic endeavor and longed for her beloved Warsaw. Alienated, she found her new home bleakly devoid of culture – “just a hole, far from civilization” she would often sob in frustration. She didn’t sing at all for a year, falling into pessimism and deep depression. She found it difficult to muster a smiling face for the outside world when she went out.