ETHNIC CONNECTION CD
AN ECLECTIC COLLECTION
Balkan, Israeli, Yiddish,
Klezmer, Waltzes, Polkas, Swing, Old Pop
Hillbilly, Boogie Woogie,
Barbershop, and Ethnic connections!
Carol Palms, David
Owens, Ralph Katz, Nan
1. Friend for Life
A wonderful song by Bill Danoff and Bryan Bowers, which we do in 4 part harmony
and in 7/8 meter, like a
lesnoto. What a great song
to start with! “When you learn a song, you’ve got a friend
2. Novo Mićino kolo
Serbian u šest
(kolo) featuring violin, frulas,
3. Čačak Fast
Serbian dance in 6/8 on accordion and violin.
Tamburica style Serbian dance with
4 part singing, and we actually slow down on the slow part!
5. Rokoko kolo
Rousing Croatian/Serbian song, also
tamburica style and 4 part harmony
singing. (Hup! Hup!)
6. Niška Banja
Serbian dance in 9/8, with various melodies and words, 2 and 4 part singing,
and even a Mariachi section! This is really fun!
7. Trŭgnala Rumjana
A lovely Bulgarian song in 4 part harmony and 7/8 meter, with tambura.
Greek syrto on clarinet, from the
song Perdhika (“partridge”),
and with an improvised solo.
9. Haro’a haktana min
hagay Singing version of the popular Israeli dance, with accordion
10. Heymisher sher & Tarras
sirba Two Dave Tarras
klezmer tunes on clarinet, good
for dancing the hora or
11. Dem milner’s
trern Sad Yiddish song about the pogroms, with accordion, viola,
cello, and bowed bass.
12. Belz Nostalgic Yiddish
song about the old home town, with accordion, clarinet, and bowed bass.
13. Vos toyg mir di
polke-mazurke Funny Yiddish song about a man’s fruitless
efforts to learn the new dances and attract the girl he loves.
14. A kind a goldene
Humorous Yiddish song about a child of three who has to deal with four languages
(so far!), with clarinet, accordion, and mandolin.
15. Avreyml, der marvikher
Yiddish song about a young boy who becomes a proud and successful pick-pocket!
Followed by a Dave Tarras sher.
16. Der shtiler bulgar
An old instrumental klezmer tune
that became famous because of the following song.
17. And the Angels Sing
1939 popular song adapted from the above tune by Ziggy Elman for the Benny
Goodman Orchestra, with words by Johnny Mercer. Clarinet, piano, and
vocal a la Martha Tilton.
18. Škoda lásky &
Beer Barrel Polka Famous 1934 polka sung in Czech, followed
by the American song it became during WW2, which is known all over the world
(and which we have fun with).
19. Červená sukýnka
& Blue Skirt Waltz Beautiful Czech waltz, sung in Czech,
followed by the American version, in 2 and 4 part harmony, with accordion,
clarinet, and bass. This is really pretty.
20. Valurile Dunării
Romanian instrumental waltz from 1880, which later became “Anniversary
21. Rosie the Riveter
Famous WW2 song about women in the workforce, a popular hit for The Four
Vagabonds. We sing it a cappella, as they did, with some instrument
imitating, but we also sing the intro and the 2nd verse. (Not related to the “We Can Do It!” poster!)
22. In the Mood Possibly
the most famous tune from the swing era, a big hit for Glenn Miller, who
got it from Joe Garland and Edgar Hayes. Piano, clarinet, violin,
guitar, also some of the strange words, in 4 part harmony.
23. NAMA Waltz Medley
An amusing collection of well-known waltzes that segue in unexpected
24. E. C. Polka Medley
Lots of polkas, without the strange segues, but with singing and some musical
plays on words.
25. Automobile of Life
Hillbilly (country) song recorded originally in 1938 by Roy Acuff and a
26. At the Hop 1957 rock
’n’ roll hit by Danny and the Juniors. We do five part vocal
and rousing boogie woogie piano.
27. Valse tzigane Lovely
French waltz by Maurice Ravel, which later became “Fascination”,
a 1957 hit for Jane Morgan.
28. Till We Meet Again
Lovely and sentimental British song from 1917, which we sing as a 4 part
barbershop quartet. A great song to end with.
O m . .
CD Length: 79:52 (What a
Produced by David Owens (formerly with the NAMA Orchestra in Los Angeles).
Includes 20-page booklet with photos, historical info, and words and translations for all the foreign songs.
Listen to samples: (Use earphones if you can, to get the real stereo effect.)
Novo Mićino kolo
Haro’a haktana min
A kind a
CS & BSW, track 19
RTR, track 21
E.C. Polka Medley
ATH, track 26
Till We Meet Again
If you downloaded some or all of this digitally, you may want the liner notes that come with the CD.
If so, you can view or save the liner notes here: Ethnic Connection Book
I also still have some of the NAMA Orchestra's CD, NAMA 5, which has a lot of folk dances on it..
Click on or Google: Best of NAMA CD
purchased from me in person. To order by mail, add $3 per order. (e.g. 1 for $18, 3 for $48.) Except: If you buy at least one Ethnic Connection CD and one NAMA 5 CD, I will pay the shipping cost, no matter how many additional CDs you order. (E.g. 3 EC + 1 N5 = $60.)
Send check to:
David H. Owens, 2608 Traver Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(734) 662-5253 (October – June) or (906) 289-4404
(June – October)
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