HOT OFF THE PRESS! Aish Vol 3 – Abie Rotenberg & Shlomo Simcha –

Feb 12, 2020 News
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HOT OFF THE PRESS! Aish Vol 3 – Abie Rotenberg & Shlomo Simcha –

 The debut of Aish 3, features the team efforts of Abie Rotenberg, Shlomo Simcha and Doni Gross.

The album features 12 tracks that include beautiful niggunim. 

(PROMO VIDEO BELOW)

 Abie Rotenberg says he feels very blessed to have written songs that are  played at a Kumzits, a Chupah, or used by Chazanim.  

Shlomo Simcha: Songs like Yedid, Habeit and Ilan are still popular requests at most events.   My brother in law, a Rabbi in Florida, led a group on the March of the Living. While visiting the death camps of Europe they sang in unison over the loudspeakers, “Uvechol Zos Shimcha Lo Shachachnu.” This incredibly inspiring song – which expresses that no matter what hardships we’ve traversed as a nation we’ll never forget our loyalties to the Almighty – never fails to elicit the deepest of feelings. (JMN)

WHAT CONTRIBUTED TO THE SUCCESS OF THIS ALBUM?

Shlomo Simcha: I would just like to add something that I believe helped to create the success of Aish Volume I. And that is the fact that Abie and I had no specific goal or timeline for our first album. No deadlines, no agendas, no commercial considerations. It was all about working on the music. When we talked about our vision for the album, we were determined to do something we would enjoy and feel inspired by. Thankfully, we were pleased to discover that many others felt the same way.  (excerpt from JMN)

Abie: Once we had all determined to go ahead with the project, the process of selecting songs commenced. Doni flew up to Toronto and spent a full day with Shloimie and I at the piano. Musical ideas were listened to, critiqued, modified, massaged etc. This is truly the nitty gritty work necessary for any good album; but probably, the most fun as well. (excerpt from JMN)

 

Doni: But it was more than just that day. We all went through hundreds of clips of Abie’s musical ideas. Some were on his computer or phone. Many however, predated the digital age and were pulled off cassettes that were stored in shoeboxes in his basement. As we combed through the material, we started to narrow down the selections that resonated with all of us. Songs like Lev Tahor and Ani Ma’amin were ready without modification. Others emerged that had a bit more of a contemporary vibe and we worked together to find the sweet spot to build the melody and choose the words. At times we worked an entire day and discarded it all the very next day. At other times we were buoyed by the energy of knowing, we had achieved something special. Our bottom line was always, “Could this song move people?” (excerpt from JMN)

BEHIND THE SCENES

Abie: I’d like to tell the story behind the song Bayom Hahu. These beautiful words from the Aleinu prayer depict how upon Mashiach’s arrival the entire world will recognize Hashem as King of the World. I don’t know why, but the image of 2 slightly inebriated Irishmen nursing their beers in a pub, entered my mind. Can you imagine their surprise when they observe on CNN the incredible news of the Jewish King’s arrival and how the entire world will recognize his reign and the sovereignty of Hashem over the all mankind! Now what kind of song would these guys sing when they realize that God in Heaven has reappeared on Earth? I doubt it will be a Gerer waltz. More likely a rousing Irish Jig, no? So I crafted a melody with that genre in mind. Of course we weren’t going to settle for anything less than an appropriate Celtic infused arrangement to capture that feel. However, by the time this song was composed, the other eleven songs were recorded and ready to go. Shloimie and I both suggested we leave it for another day, but Doni would have nothing of that. Uplifted by the joyous combination of words and music, he worked tirelessly to collaborate with musicians around the world to find the right sound. It took three recording sessions but finally, the perfect blend of pipes, whistles and an Irish bouzouki to nail it, but nail it he did. (excerpt from JMN)

Doni: The song “Veshomru” also has a story. We initially were looking for a slow, moving melody in a minor key. In fact we proceeded to demo, arrange and record a version true to that spirit. However, when Abie and Shloimie arrived in N.Y. for their final recording session, they both said “We don’t feel that Vehshomru is working. Scratch it. Here’s an upbeat, happy Veshomru that will bring in the Shabbos with Simcha!” On the spot we put down some basic musical accompaniment and laid down the vocal tracks. Indeed, who says a Veshomru has to be slow? (excerpt from JMN)

 

Album Available Exclusively at https://musicofaish.com