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Sipurei Savta: Grandmother's Stories of Wit and Wisdom

by Joanie Calem

Upbeat acoustic with a twist of world music - stories and songs that speak to the heart!
Genre: Kids/Family: Children's Storytelling
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Grandma's Stone Stew
5:35 $0.99
2. Something from Nothing
4:06 $0.99
3. Grandfather and the Enormous Carrot
5:52 $0.99
4. It Could Always Be Worse
6:56 $0.99
5. This Too Shall Pass
6:23 $0.99
6. The Queen of Sheba and King Solomon
2:23 $0.99
7. The Lamedvavniks
4:50 $0.99
8. The Shepherd and His Flute
8:09 $0.99
9. Noah and the Ark
6:53 $0.99
10. Hannah the Hanukah Dragon
2:33 $0.99
11. The Runaway Latke
3:07 $0.99
12. Hop Meine Hamentaschen
3:41 $0.99
13. Who Was Actually Invited?
8:26 $0.99
14. Lech L'cha
3:49 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
“Sipurei Savta: Grandmother’s Stories of Wit and Wisdom” is a collection of (mostly) old Jewish folk tales. Some are from the Torah, some are old legends, some have been passed down through song, and some are new twists of traditional tales. I have long treasured these stories and their many messages: of the importance of working together in community, of thriftiness and recycling, of resilience in the face of challenge, of keeping perspective even in tough times, of the wisdom of the natural world, and of humility and openness to difference. Of course, there are also stories of just plain old silliness…wit and wisdom forever combined, with messages and fun for story lovers of all ages.

Joanie Calem is a singer/songwriter, performer, storyteller and music teacher for audiences of all ages. Fluent in Hebrew and English, she also loves to sing and explore Yiddish and Ladino, and the songs, stories, and dances of Jewish culture, with its rich, multi-faceted treasures.

Joanie is joined vocally on this CD by the Little Minyan Makhela from Columbus, OH. Many thanks to Tom Boyer of GBS Studios for recording, accompanying, singing, and helping to create wonderful musical tapestries (and for the chocolate!). Thank you to Arkadiy Gips for sharing his amazing violin playing on this CD. Thank you to Sandy Jones for the wonderful fiddling. And thank you to Jane Van Voorhiss for her beautiful cello addition.

All of the arrangements for the stories and songs were written by Joanie Calem, © 1998 – 2017, except for the music of: Something From Nothing and Hop Meine Homentaschen.

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Tom Boyer, GBS Records, Columbus, OH
Joanie Calem: vocals, guitar, ukulele, flute
Tom Boyer: vocals, fretless bass, upright bass, electric bass, and other sundry instruments
Arkadiy Gips: violin
Jane Van Voorhiss: cello
Little Minyan Makhela: vocals



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