The following clips are taken from my recording Zingendik! The recording of 18 varied and rarely-heard Yiddish songs features 14 different musicians and a 20-voice women’s chorus. The recording is available for purchase. Please visit the contact us page.
Aleyn in Veg (I Walk Out Alone Onto the Road) Translated by A. Reisen from Lermontov’s Russian poem.
Arbeter Froyen (Working Women) Dovid Edelshtadt’s anthem, backed by the Central PA Womyn’s chorus.
Dem Zeydns Nigndl (Grandfather’s Tune) One of several melodies to which Shike Driz’s poem has been set. It’s hard not to sing along!
Dos Kleyne Tsigaynerl (The Little Gypsy) Itsik Manger’s poem about a poor orphaned child whose only friend and means of suppoert is the fiddle his father left him is brought to life with the dynamic playing of Deborah Strauss, Jeff Warschauer, Bruce Campbell and Bobbi Carmitchell.
Es Iz Nokh Faran Aza Blum (There is Still Such a Flower) This beautiful folk melody was popular in interwar Poland. I was asked to learn it by Yosl Mlotek.
Mit Farmakhte Oygn (With closed Eyes) Itsik Manger’s deeply moving song of longing and empathy.
Rukhln (To Rukhl) Aliza Greenblatt (Arlo Guthrie’s grandmom) based this song of yearning for the land of Israel on a poetic motif of Chaim Nakhman Bialik’s. Here the late Anna Hope is featured on harp.
S’iz Der Step (These Are The Steppes) Ethel Raim’s Balkan-style arrangement of this love song is brought to life by Marsha Gildin, Deborah White, and my daughter Yona Leviton Gorelick joining me in tight harmonies.
Seyder Nakht (Seder Night) Al Morrison’s lush piano arrangement of Aliza Greenblatt and I. Alter’s song captures all the emotions of the beginning of Passover.
Ven Ikh Volt Geven A Shnayder (If I Were A Tailor) Sidor Belarsky’s lovely song about being simply a singer.
Di Fir Muskatirs (The Four Muskateers) In her small published folio, Tsen Lider, Aliza Greenblatt dedicated this song to her ‘girlfriends in Kansas City.’)
Tayere Malkele (Dear Malke) Here’s a rollicking love song to a beauty with dazzling eyes! Wonderful vocal harmonies and 9 different instruments.
The following cuts are from various studio and live recordings.
Dona, Dona To those who first learned this song as a ‘classic American Folk Song’ it’s a surprise to learn it was written first in Yiddish! Accompanists here are Bruce Campbell (bass) and Henry Koretzky guitar).
Levine Mit Zayn Flying Mashin (Levine With His Flying Machine.) This clip is from a live performance at the KlezKamp Staff Concert of 2010, featuring accompanying musicians Pete Sokolow, Lauren Brody, and Ken Maltz.
I started singing with the Old World Folk Band in 1985. These clips are from the band’s last album, Crossing New Borders.
Borscht A great old love song that speaks of love in terms of a delicious beet and cabbage soup!
Chernobyl Michael Alpert wrote this song in response to the nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl and upped the irony by pairing his lyric with an upbeat and sarcastic old Russian/Ukranian/Yiddish tune and a reference to Chernobyl having been a center of Hassidic activity in an earlier century. Featuring Gary Grobman on flute.
Harbstlid (Autumn Song) Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman’s song of yearning for Spring while ‘Autumn offers baskets of gold.’