Songs My Bubbe Should Have
The Lori Cahan-Simon Ensemble
Featuring Steven Greenman, Michael Alpert and
As I sat quietly listening to each track
of this collection, I felt my spirit tingle with Yiddishkeit. Nothing quite
stirs the “Yiddish in my soul” than the sound of Jewish music being played
and sung from the heart.
Lori Cahan-Simon has a voice that evokes
both the joy and heartbreak this music contains. She wraps her emotions
around the words and kisses every note like a Yiddishe Momme kisses her
When Lori sings Der Seyder as her
opening selection, she sets the mood for the occasion. I could see pictures
in my mind of the many times I sat with my extended family around the Seder
table in my parent’s home. The warmth and love of these occasions has stayed
with me all these years and Lori’s warm voice helped bring those memories to
the surface once again.
Of all the wonderful music included in
this collection, two specific selections stand out most for me.
Lori’s haunting performance of Eliyahu
Hanovi touches the soul. The longing and hopefulness in her voice brought a
tear to my eye and joy to my heart.
The performance of Dayenu is totally
original. Lori begins this freilich song with all its boisterous and joyous
rhythms and sounds intact. Suddenly her entire ensemble switches gears and
swings into a wonderful Jazz-like tempo that adds a dimension to this number
that heightens its already exciting mood; kudos to the entire group for this
clever musical concept.
Michael Alpert who is one of the
foremost performers of Yiddish music known today assists Lori on several
vocal selections. Michael is a singer, dancer and Klezmer fiddler. I
wouldn’t be surprised if he could do all of them at the same time; he is
Lori has gathered a marvelous ensemble.
They work together in a way that bespeaks their love of Yiddish music and of
performing it with each other.
I highly suggest this CD to all people
who have a love of Yiddish music. Although Pesach has come and gone
for this year, the music is wonderful on any day. I cannot imagine anyone listening to Lori
sing without having their spirits lifted and their heart touched.
You can now hear Lori's new CD, Songs My
Bubbe Should Have Taught Me; Vol.1: Passover, at:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/lcahan Only $15 & postage.