No Song is Safe From Us

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 |  Michael Barrett

This week’s Song of the Day selections come from NYFOS co-founder Michael Barrett: I have just been baptized in the Colorado River. It wasn’t intentional. I was swept into the rapids of Cataract Canyon about 100 miles south of Moab, Utah. I had several mouthfuls of the the holy water, and somehow survived. Two nights before I […]




 |  Mark Campbell

This is our final post from guest DJ Mark Campbell. Thank you, Mark!  Next week: NYFOS Co-founder Michael Barrett! Did You Ever Cross Over to Sneden’s? Music and lyrics by Alec Wilder TGIF. After all the heavy songs on my list this week, I now feature one that had no relation to a personal crisis […]




 |  Mark Campbell

from librettist Mark Campbell: Knoxville: Summer of 1915 Music by Samuel Barber; text by James Agee I know this is not a “song.” But this is my week, not yours. I first heard this work in 1989 when my mother was diagnosed with cancer—and continued listening to it after she died a few months later. […]




 |  Mark Campbell

from librettist Mark Campbell: Being Alive Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim I had to include a Sondheim song this week. Had to. “Being Alive” is not necessarily my favorite song from the Sondheim canon—but I have to admit that in my long and varied romantic life, I’ve often asked the same questions about love […]




 |  Mark Campbell

from librettist Mark Campbell: This Charming Man Music and lyrics by The Smiths, Johnny Marr and Morrissey I am an ardent fan of Morrissey and The Smiths and love so many of their songs, so choosing one was very difficult.  While this song was released originally in 1983, it was re-released in 1992, the time […]




 |  Mark Campbell

This week’s SOTD curator is Mark Campbell, great friend of NYFOS and librettist of NYFOS’s two opera commissions:  Bastianello and Lucrezia (by John Musto and William Bolcom, respectively). Thank you, Mark, for offering selections this week! from Mark Campbell: I am writing this on a flight somewhere over the Midwest, returning home from San Francisco where the […]




 |  Joshua Breitzer

Our last post from Cantor Joshua Breitzer!  Remember to join Josh and NYFOS for A Goyishe Christmas to You! on December 14 at HENRY’s Restaurant.  And up next week, one of NYFOS’s favorite librettists, Mark Campbell, will DJ the Song of the Day for you — stay tuned! from Joshua Breitzer: In the last decades Israel has […]




 |  Joshua Breitzer

from Cantor Joshua Breitzer: What Wolf did for German lieder, Lazar Weiner did for Yiddish art song. Over thirty years since his passing, his musical intellect and innovation continue to pique the interest of listeners and performers alike. Here he combines an important anthem from Holocaust-era ghettos and concentration camps (“I believe with perfect faith […]




 |  Joshua Breitzer

from Cantor Joshua Breitzer: Yiddish theatre proved to be exceptionally fertile creative ground for newly American Jewish composers. The Ukranian-born Goldfaden, son of a watchmaker, was one of the early progenitors of the art form, and this original lullaby proved to be an instant classic. By the mid-twentieth century, acts like the Barry Sisters had […]




 |  Joshua Breitzer

from Cantor Joshua Breitzer: For this second day of Rosh Hashanah, while Jews all over the world pray for a year of good health and plentiful blessing, enjoy the Turkish composer Alberto Hemsi’s arrangement of this classic Ladino folk song. “The groom doesn’t want any money – he wants a bride of good fortune!”