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Still Life

by Jill Rogoff

A mix of Rogoff's own compositions and poetry settings, and traditional Scots, English & French, all presented with her special sensitivity and artistry.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Open House
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2. Scél Lem Dúib
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3. Tabhair Dom Do Lámh
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4. Lady Maisry
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5. De Soi-Même
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6. Little Miracles
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7. Tripping to Bed
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8. May to December
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9. The Song of the Wandering Aengus
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10. Yn Cyntaf Cariad
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11. My Father's Niggùn
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12. My Annie
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13. Le Retour du Marin
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14. The Other Night
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15. Blow the Wind Southerly
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16. Still Life
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Wow! Gorgeous! I love the quality of your voice, the choice of songs, the accompaniment… Beautifully done. WONDERFUL! ” – SB, Jerusalem

“I am enjoying both A Lone Voice and Still Life - you are such a talented songwriter! I love your honesty, as well as your voice and music.” – Anne Shivas, poet, Scotland & US

“Just finished listening to the CD and it's absolutely amazing! My goodness, what a voice! Soothing, calming, healing... if anyone ever doubted that music is medicine they should listen to you. Wonderful, or rather full of wonder. Listening to your music is a tonic for heart, soul and mind.” – AN, Sweden

“Your voice is so wonderful!” – DS, US

“It’s amazing, beautiful music; very talented as usual” – DR, US

"I have very much enjoyed listening to the CD. Every blessing." -- Fr. FP, UK

"Jill's music has a beautiful and interesting feel to it. Her harp playing has a lot of poly-rhythms and her vocals are very subtle: they're different with each genre of music that she sings." -- Mitch Clyman, Muso Productions, Jerusalem

Born in New Zealand, singer-songwriter/harper/therapeutic musican/musicologist Jill has lived in Jerusalem since 1979. Mainly self-taught in all that she does, she presents music that covers 1,400 years… sometimes in one program. While she began with a deep involvement with traditional music of the British Isles/Celtic communities, in the past 20 years or so she has developed her interests in both Early Music (especially early medieval material) and Jewish music from around the world. She sings in many languages and dialects (48, at present count) and accompanies herself – when she’s not singing a cappella – on guitar, troubadour harp and a touch of percussion. Her tours have taken her to the USA, the UK, Switzerland, Germany, the Czech Republic,Austria, New Zealand & Australia. While she has sung with many musicians in various countries, she tends to perform solo.

Her albums to date cover traditional British Isles and Celtic-language music (including the double award-winning album The Celtic Cradle), traditional Jewish music from around the world, and albums of therapeutic harp music.

The music Jill presents has no use-by date, and she delights in welcoming audiences into her private world, one that differs completely from the commercial mainstream: whether she sings a piece that may date back a thousand years or a more contemporary one by somebody you may have heard of, she brings to it her own gentle spirit and her exacting artistic standards.

Please note: Two of the songs that Jill recorded for this album are not available in the USA -- or as downloads here -- due to a gap in international copyright law arrangements between various countries. These songs are on the disc version of the album, which is only available directly from Jill (limited edition). As a result of this situation, Jill has changed the order of songs in the album as it appears on this site.

1. Open House – ©Jill Rogoff 2006 – For my cousin Kathy & in memory of Linda Harter, who loved this song.

2. Scél Lem Dúib [Tale for You] – music: ©Jill Rogoff 2011; poem: Anon. 9th century, attributed to Finn úa Baíscni (i.e. the legendary Finn mac Cumnhaill) – A poem in Old Gaelic (Irish) which I find hypnotic. Some things never change. (Jill's new translation of this poem can be found on her website: www.jillrogoff.com)

3. Tabhair Dom Do Lámh [Give Me Your Hand] by Ruaidri Dáll Ó Catháin (ca.1570-ca.1650); harp arrangement: ©Jill Rogoff 2014 (harp instrumental) – Ruaidri is the man credited with the composition of the melody most folks know as Danny Boy. This delight for harp was written as a peace-offering to a hostess with whom he had quarrelled: I’m sure it melted her anger clean away.

4. Lady Maisry – traditional Scots ballad – A song much loved in my family, thanks to the crystalline singing of the American duo Kathy & Carol.

5. De Soi-Même [About Himself] – music: ©Jill Rogoff 2003; poem: Clément Marot (1496 –1544) – When I learned this poem from Françoise Coriat, a walking encyclopedia of French culture, it haunted me for weeks. I ended up writing a melody and accompaniment as if it were an air de cour (a 17th-century lute ballad).

6. Little Miracles – ©Jill Rogoff 2004 – In memory of Jenny Allen, Catriona McKay, David Nelson & Dennis Galler; written as a way of dealing with my grief for friends who died too young, while still others were fading.

7. Tripping to Bed – ©Jill Rogoff 2013 (harp instrumental) – A jig which I wrote for my loving husband, Mike.

8. May to December – verse melody: traditional British Isles; chorus melody & lyrics: ©Jill Rogoff 2009 – A true story, I promise you, and one of the worst nights of my life so far; but I learned a strong lesson or two from it.

9. The Song of the Wandering Aengus – music: Anon.Trad.; poem: William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) (public domain); harp arrangement: ©Jill Rogoff 2015 – A poem and melody that I’ve loved since the early 1960s, when I first heard Judy Collins sing it.

10. Yn Cyntaf Cariad [First Love] – traditional Welsh (public domain); harp arrangement: ©Jill Rogoff 2015 – Learned in my teens from the singing (and exquisite enunciation) of the beloved late Welsh tenor Meredydd Evans (1919-2015).

11. My Father’s Niggùn – ©Jill Rogoff 2012 (instrumental) – No words are enough to thank my father for such a priceless gift as the music to which he introduced me from infancy onward; so I’ll try with a wordless melody in the style of a traditional Ashkenazic niggùn.

12. My Annie – music: ©Jill Rogoff 2003; lyrics: Ray Scudero (1946-2005); ©Joanna Katzen – The only Rogoff/Scudero collaboration in writing. By the time I learned the lyrics, Ray was too ill to pass on to me the melody he’d written; he permitted me to write one of my own, and I can only hope that it somehow echoes the original.

13. Le Retour du Marin [The Sailor’s Return] – traditional French (public domain); harp arrangement: ©Jill Rogoff 2003 – I learned this heartbreaking old ballad from Françoise Coriat, who in turn learned it from her grandmother in France, over seventy years ago.

14. The Other Night – music: ©Jill Rogoff 1999; lyrics: anonymous translation of a traditional 15th-century English carol – I picked up a slightly different version of this translation in a compilation, unaware that the original text - This Endrys Night - had a melody. Some years after I’d written my own, I found the original tune but, after careful listening, I have to admit that I prefer my own.

15. Blow the Wind Southerly – traditional English (public domain); harp arrangement: ©Jill Rogoff 2015 – One of the first songs I learned at school in New Zealand, at age five (that’s a very long time ago now). I’ve always found it charming and am happy to revive it in concert, as it’s so seldom sung these days.

16. Still Life – ©Jill Rogoff 2008 – Inspired by the beautiful, peaceful bay at Tākaka on the northern coast of New Zealand’s South Island. The cover photograph shows just part of the view, and you'll soon be able to see more on my new video on YouTube, which shows some of what I saw the day I wrote the song.

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