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A Heimish Tu B'Shvat
By Judith-Kate Friedman

The elder residents of San Francisco's Jewish Home have just released their debut CD of original songs & stories  "Island on a Hill" -- songs we composed together 1997-2002, as part of my California Arts Council artist-in-residency at the Home. 

"Secrets of Trees" was written to celebrate Tu B'Shvat... several hours of reminiscences about trees in our lives led to the song, which is like a kid's song (intentionally).  Others of the elders' compositions are more reflective and/or more comic;  In 2003 we plan to expand the songwriting project with more text based discussions in collaboration w/ the Home's Rabbi Shelley Marder.  Here are the lyrics to "Secrets of Trees."  Info on the project and weblinks to music and video follow. 

b'Shalom,
Judith-Kate Friedman
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Secrets of Trees

Have you ever heard sap dropping from a tree?
Drip!  Drop!  Ah!  It's a maple tree
Catch it in a bucket, drip, drop, it's slow
Drip!  Lick!  Quick!  Taste it in the snow

   Delicious!  A m'chayah! A maychl -- It's a treat!

Have you ever seen a big strong tree blooming in the Spring?
Pink!  Pink!  Ah!  It's a chesnut tree
Smell the sweet aroma roasting chesnuts on the street
Hot!  Pop!  Crack!  It's really a treat!

   Delicious!  A m'chayah! A maychl -- It's a treat!

Have you ever tasted sweet, red fruit straight from the tree?
Ping!  Pang!  Bing!  It's a cherry tree
Out in the fresh air, picking fruit all day
Ripe!  Sour!  Sweet!  Don't swallow the pit -- That's it!

   Delicious!  A m'chayah! A maychl -- It's a treat!
   Delicious!  A m'chayah! It can't be beat
_____
a m'chayah = a great pleasure   a maychl = a tasty morsel


(c) 2000 SIngers & Songwriters of the Jewish Home in San Francisco and Judith-Kate Friedman


From their cd "Island on a Hill" - JHS-18.  Available thru www.jewishmusic.com


CD and VIDEO background

Recorded in the synagogue of the Jewish Home's 430-resident geriatric care campus in San Francisco,  "Island on a Hill" features the Home's elder Singers & Songwriters (chorus, narration), project producer Judith-Kate Friedman (vocals, guitar), Daniel Hoffman (violin), Beth Custer (clarinet), Randy Craig (piano), Jeanette Lewicki (accordian), Piper Heisig (bass), Patrick Landeza (slack key guitar) and members of the San Francisco Klezmer Experience.  The voices and stories of more than 200 elders are represented on 18 tracks and in the full-color 10 page booklet that features their original artwork.

Sound clips are posted & cds available for purchase at:

"A Specially Wonderful Affair" is a 30 minute documentary featuring residents of the Jewish Home San Francisco, average age 87, and California Arts Council Artist-In-Residence Judith-Kate Friedman, performing original songs from their debut CD "Island on a Hill."  Friedman started the
songwriting program at the Home in 1997, enabling residents to sing their stories and to create a legacy of songs about their lives.  Midway into the recording project, the tragic events of September 11 occurred. The elders decided to proceed.  The film captures the effects of the tragedy on the project participants and the healing, life affirming spirit that comes from blending art with community.

"A Specially Wonderful Affair" is an uplifting, bittersweet meditation on the realities of aging, the power of music and the joy of staying young at heart.  Performances by Singers & Songwriters of the Jewish Home (vocals), Judith-Kate Friedman (vocals, guitar), Daniel Hoffman (violin), Beth Custer (clarinet), and Randy Craig (piano).

Filmmaker: Nathan Friedkin
Producers: Friedkin Digital in association with the Jewish Home in San Francisco

For more information on Judith-Kate Friedman's Songwriting Works project with elders and youth




New Menorah is a quarterly publication of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal,
distributed free to members of ALEPH. We welcome new members.

Copyright of this article and all other articles in this issue of New Menorah
is held by the author. Copyright (c) 2003 by Judith-Kate Friedman.
Readers who are members of ALEPH may download and print individual copies
for their own use, or electronically forward no more than three other copies
without charge, for non-profit use only. Any such forward must include this notice. 
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New Menorah - Spring 5763/2003

A Heimish Tu B'Shvat
By Judith-Kate Friedman

The elder residents of San Francisco's Jewish Home have just released their debut CD of original songs & stories  "Island on a Hill" -- songs we composed together 1997-2002, as part of my California Arts Council artist-in-residency at the Home. 

"Secrets of Trees" was written to celebrate Tu B'Shvat... several hours of reminiscences about trees in our lives led to the song, which is like a kid's song (intentionally).  Others of the elders' compositions are more reflective and/or more comic;  In 2003 we plan to expand the songwriting project with more text based discussions in collaboration w/ the Home's Rabbi Shelley Marder.  Here are the lyrics to "Secrets of Trees."  Info on the project and weblinks to music and video follow. 

b'Shalom,
Judith-Kate Friedman
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Secrets of Trees

Have you ever heard sap dropping from a tree?
Drip!  Drop!  Ah!  It's a maple tree
Catch it in a bucket, drip, drop, it's slow
Drip!  Lick!  Quick!  Taste it in the snow

   Delicious!  A m'chayah! A maychl -- It's a treat!

Have you ever seen a big strong tree blooming in the Spring?
Pink!  Pink!  Ah!  It's a chesnut tree
Smell the sweet aroma roasting chesnuts on the street
Hot!  Pop!  Crack!  It's really a treat!

   Delicious!  A m'chayah! A maychl -- It's a treat!

Have you ever tasted sweet, red fruit straight from the tree?
Ping!  Pang!  Bing!  It's a cherry tree
Out in the fresh air, picking fruit all day
Ripe!  Sour!  Sweet!  Don't swallow the pit -- That's it!

   Delicious!  A m'chayah! A maychl -- It's a treat!
   Delicious!  A m'chayah! It can't be beat
_____
a m'chayah = a great pleasure   a maychl = a tasty morsel


(c) 2000 SIngers & Songwriters of the Jewish Home in San Francisco and Judith-Kate Friedman


From their cd "Island on a Hill" - JHS-18.  Available thru www.jewishmusic.com


CD and VIDEO background

Recorded in the synagogue of the Jewish Home's 430-resident geriatric care campus in San Francisco,  "Island on a Hill" features the Home's elder Singers & Songwriters (chorus, narration), project producer Judith-Kate Friedman (vocals, guitar), Daniel Hoffman (violin), Beth Custer (clarinet), Randy Craig (piano), Jeanette Lewicki (accordian), Piper Heisig (bass), Patrick Landeza (slack key guitar) and members of the San Francisco Klezmer Experience.  The voices and stories of more than 200 elders are represented on 18 tracks and in the full-color 10 page booklet that features their original artwork.

Sound clips are posted & cds available for purchase at:

"A Specially Wonderful Affair" is a 30 minute documentary featuring residents of the Jewish Home San Francisco, average age 87, and California Arts Council Artist-In-Residence Judith-Kate Friedman, performing original songs from their debut CD "Island on a Hill."  Friedman started the
songwriting program at the Home in 1997, enabling residents to sing their stories and to create a legacy of songs about their lives.  Midway into the recording project, the tragic events of September 11 occurred. The elders decided to proceed.  The film captures the effects of the tragedy on the project participants and the healing, life affirming spirit that comes from blending art with community.

"A Specially Wonderful Affair" is an uplifting, bittersweet meditation on the realities of aging, the power of music and the joy of staying young at heart.  Performances by Singers & Songwriters of the Jewish Home (vocals), Judith-Kate Friedman (vocals, guitar), Daniel Hoffman (violin), Beth Custer (clarinet), and Randy Craig (piano).

Filmmaker: Nathan Friedkin
Producers: Friedkin Digital in association with the Jewish Home in San Francisco

For more information on Judith-Kate Friedman's Songwriting Works project with elders and youth




New Menorah is a quarterly publication of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal,
distributed free to members of ALEPH. We welcome new members.

Copyright of this article and all other articles in this issue of New Menorah
is held by the author. Copyright (c) 2003 by Judith-Kate Friedman.
Readers who are members of ALEPH may download and print individual copies
for their own use, or electronically forward no more than three other copies
without charge, for non-profit use only. Any such forward must include this notice. 
For permission to otherwise reproduce, distribute or republish any article,
please contact the author.
Web page designed and maintained by Kesef Webs