In the Fall of 2010, I went to the Workmen's Circle concert in Damrosch
Park in Lincoln Center and heard Adrienne Cooper sing songs from her
then-new CD ("Enchanted"). She died just a year ago at 65; her friends
and students in the Yiddish cultural and musical communities that she
helped build got together to put on a moving memorial concert this past
Saturday night. In her honor, many of her friends, among the most
prominent singers and musicians in the (secular) klezmer musical world,
performed. In addition to their performing the songs she sang and wrote,
there was also a performance of her singing from the CD: Bella
Schaechter-Gottesman's "Harbst Lid." The entire concert is still
available in streaming video from Livestream.
Her 2010 CD can be sampled at
and it's well worth getting.
One of the many great virtues I remember of Adrienne's masterful
performance style was that she quietly offered a concise synopsis in
English of the content of her songs before she proceeded to sing them.
L'koved ir ondenk, I'm posting the simple lyrics to the powerful song
that was the concert finale, Adrienne's "Sholem Lid," 'Peace song'
(also known as "Peace in the Streets").
The nigun she chose for it was a familiar one for 'sabenu mituvekho'
from the shabes amidah -- you have to hear it. I have also heard it sung
with 'shabes' instead of 'sholem.'
Any two syllable symbolic Yiddish or Hebrew word of value can be used
for additional verses.
IF MY VOICE WERE LOUDER
IF MY BODY STRONGER
I WOULD TEAR THROUGH THE STREETS
CRYING: PEACE, PEACE, PEACE.
װאָלט איך געהאַט כּח
װאָלט איך געלאָפֿן אין די גאַסן
װאָלט איך געשריגן שלום, שלום, שלום.
לו היה לי כּח
היתּי רצה ברחובֿ
היתּי צעקתּ שלום.
VOLT IKH GEHAT KOYEKH,
VOLT IKH GELOFN IN DI GASN
VOLT IKH GESHRIGN SHOLEM
SHOLEM, SHOLEM SHOLEM
LU HAYA LI KOACH
HAYITI RATSA BARECHOV
HAYITI TSOEKET SHALOM.
SHALOM, SHALOM, SHALOM.