VIDEO - THE LISA FISHMAN JEWISH EXPERIENCE

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A performance of the Yiddish classic, "Dona Dona," on the 'Jewish Entertainment Hour,' a cable show broadcast out of New York City, in 2001. I grew up singing the ENGLISH version made popular by Joan Baez at summer camp. It wasn't until I was an adult and discovered Eastern European Jewish Music (= often referred to as "Klezmer" music) and started studying Yiddish that I learned that the song was actually originally written in Yiddish for the Yiddish Theatre. Accompanying me on piano is New York's AMAZING pianist, arranger, composer, and musical director, Alex Rybeck.............................................................................................

 

A Latin-jazz inspired version of the Yiddish song, "Ikh Hob Dikh Tsu-Fil Lib" (I Love You Much Too Much)............................................................................................

 

Performing the beautiful, Yiddish love song, "Sheyn Vi Di Levone" (Beautiful As The Moon) by Joseph Rumshinsky and Chaim Tauber with my ukulele. This performance includes a new, original English lyric which I wrote.   English Lyric for "Sheyn Vi Di Levone" - Copyright 2010 Lisa Fishman...................................

 

A clip from a performance of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."  Leonard Cohen is one of the great American, Jewish songwriters of the 20th Century (and 21st!)......

 

From a performance in New York City of the Yiddish Theater songs "Shpil Di Fidl, Shpil" (Play the Fiddle, Play) and "Yidl Mitn Fidl" (Yidl With His Fiddle), both from classic 1936 film "Yidl Mitn Fidl," which starred Molly Picon........................

 

A clip from a performance of the Yiddish love song, "Saposhkelekh" (Boots). The verse in this clip is a new English verse which I wrote for the song. Copyright 2007 Lisa Fishman..................................................................................................

 

A performance of my own jazzy-folk version of the beautiful "Far From The Home I Love" from the musical, "Fiddler On The Roof." The show - with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein - is set in Tsarist Russia in 1905. It is based on "Tevye and his Daughters" (or "Tevye the Milkman and Other Tales") by Sholem Aleichem, the famous Yiddish author and playwright. This song is originally sung by Hodel - one of Tevye's daughters. In the piece she explains to her father that her home is with her beloved, wherever he may be, although she will always love her family...............................................................................

 

A clip from a performance of Irving Berlin's wonderful (and often overlooked) "Yiddisha Nightengale."..................  


A performance of my own original, "Yiddish-ized" version of the classic "My Heart Belongs To Daddy" by Cole Porter. The result is "Mayn Hartz Iz Nor Far Daddy". Copyright 2000 Lisa Fishman. The original song, which was described by Oscar Levant as "one of the most ‘Yiddish’ tunes ever written" (referring to certain melodic passages which utilized very "Jewish" musical scales and motifs), inspired me to translate it into Yiddish and do it 'Klezmer' style. Accompanying me on piano is New York's AMAZING pianist, arranger, composer, and musical director, Alex Rybeck...............

 

An English version of the Yiddish Theater song, "Samet Un Zayd" (Satin & Silk). The song tells the story of a young, poor woman who made the mistake of trading her 'innocence" for the lure of satin and silk.....

 

A short clip from a more rocking version of the Yiddish Theater classic, "Dona Dona.............................."

 

Another clip of a performance of the Yiddish song, "Ikh Hob Dikh Tsu-Fil Lib" (I Love You Much Too Much).  This version features a new, English verse which I wrote. Copyright 2007 Lisa Fishman...........................

 

A performance of the beautiful Yiddish love song, "Sheyn Vi Di Levone" (Beautiful As The Moon), on 'The Jewish Entertainment Hour," a cable television show broadcast out of New York City. Accompanying me on piano is New York's AMAZING pianist, arranger, composer, and musical director, Alex Rybeck.

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