Shtetl Songs

Derrik Jordan

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Here is a collection of original Jewish wedding songs, Klezmer tunes, and a few songs with a more Polish and Hungarian influence. All of these songs were composed very quickly. To my great surprise I just started dictating them one after another into my phone. Very little editing was needed. I just added chords to the melodies and then made the musical arrangements. I usually write pretty fast but these songs were very unusual in that they seemed to come through me like a some kind of spiritual download. My wife joked that some dead Jewish composer was just waiting for someone like me to come along and ask for the inspiration. Who knows? "Out Of Egypt" borrows a bit of the famous Hanukah Song, but otherwise I think all of these songs are original. Bill Shontz (of Rosenshontz) plays the clarinets on this CD and I am playing all the other instruments.

A Worldsoul Records production

  1. Bubbala (2:41)
  2. Chairs In The Air (1:59)
  3. Jewish Lullaby (4:30)
  4. Break The Glass (3:23)
  5. Lotsa Matzoh (2:01)
  6. Don’t Look Back (0:36)
  7. Latkes For Lunch (1:42)
  8. Hanging At Katz’s (1:46)
  9. Tatra Mountains (1:56)
  10. Old Friends (0:36)
  11. Polish Love Song (1:47)
  12. Half Sour (2:10)
  13. When The Bough Breaks (1:57)
  14. Dolny Dance (2:06)
  15. The Road Ahead (0:37)
  16. Janusz In The Spring (2:10)
  17. Out Of Egypt (2:55)

Composed and produced by Derrik Jordan

All instruments by Derrik Jordan except for Bill Shontz on the clarinet © 2020 Worldsoul Records Derrik Jordan Hilljoy Music (BMI) W0045

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