Ray Scudero | With The Help Of Angels

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With The Help Of Angels

by Ray Scudero

Contemporary acoustic music, engaging and provocative lyrics.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Rainfall
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2. Northern Wind
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3. Please Don't
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4. The Trapper
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5. While There Is Time
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6. We're Going On A Picnic
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7. Shuttle Doggerel
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8. When You're Not Looking
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9. Lullaby In C
Ray Scudero and Rahel Jaskow
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10. The Sky Has Broken ( bonus track 11, Horizon Dawn )
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Ray Scudero 1946-2005 RIP

Ray Scudero, songwriter, singer and luthier, died on December 3, 2005, after a long illness.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Ray lived for some twenty years in Israel, where he came to feel most at home. His multi-faceted talents turned him into a pillar of the local folk music community.

Ray's songs have touched the hearts of many. They are often witty and erudite, never pretentious, and sometimes simply poignant or stirring. Above all, they reflect the deep humanity of their author. It was no small tribute to his songwriting gifts that the folk community in Israel
presented a wonderfully varied five-hour concert on New Year's Eve 2003 that showcased Scudero songs alone.

Ray is survived by his wife, a son and two stepsons.

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Both With the Help of Angels and Ray's second album, Poor Working Slob (www.cdbaby.com/scudero2), contain many of the songs that have made him so popular and loved within the English-speaking folk community in Israel. They also provide a good deal of insight into the man, his feelings and his love of life. Both Ray and Joanna waited over forty years to meet each other, and have been struck with this sadness after knowing each other for only three years.

Below, you will find more information about this CD, and about Ray himself.

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Ray has 13 years of travel under his boots, all over roads through the USA, Mexico, Central America, the Canary Islands, Greece, Italy, England, Germany, the Netherlands, and a good bit of salt water as a sailor (the real thing, folks, gaff-rigged schooner, sails and all).

He is a humanist, a prolific writer of songs, poetry, and essays who enjoys a respectable following in his homeland, at the Jacob's Ladder Folk Festival, and the Tzora Folk Club.

He began his folk training in Greenwich Village, where he absorbed the vibes of the early folk scene and developed into a maturity that embraces audiences that span four generations.

Serious and fun, his music is self-produced at his own 16-track digital recording studio, where he has produced another CD Baby artist (Rahel Jaskow and her mind-massaging "Day Of Rest").

If you want gimmick and hype, flip and glib, seek elsewhere.

Here is the genuine article.

Ray makes his living as a builder/repairer of fretted instruments and as an engineer/producer, as well as being a popular performing songwriter.

He builds most of the instruments heard on his first release on CD, "With the Help Of Angels," so named to credit the many people who have been, to him, Angels.

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Jeremy Schiff

A touchingly lyrical album full of imagery, soul and soothing music.
Ray Scudero's With The Help Of Angels truly touched me with its lovely imagery, music and soothing vocals. It has a feel and gentle pulse for where we've been and are going that is both prophetic and wistful, reassuring in its simple yet lyrical words and rhythms. I truly look forward to the next CD by this fresh and tender artist!
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Desiree Schnapp

A full remembrance of what - human - means
Ray Scudero's warm, soothing,inspired music and his tender,
velvety voice,his imaginative, humorous and full of love
lyrics, remind us what the profund sense of "being human"
and "human being" must be,which, alas, so many times we are
inclined to forget.
A perfect accomplishment for a moment of grace.

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Rahel Jaskow

The work of a master craftsman; a joy to the ear, mind and heart
Great music, terrific lyrics, impeccable instrumentals -- Ray Scudero's disc brings joy to the ear and refreshes the mind and heart. Every aspect of "With the Help of Angels" -- the songs themselves, the recording process, the instrumentals and the instruments too -- is the work of a master craftsman. The disc has something for everyone: the wistful "Northern Wind," the delightful "We're Going on a Picnic" and "When You're Not Looking," and the beautiful "Lullaby in C." Give this disc a listen and take it into your home and your heart.
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ofer golany

a hidden tzaddik
If music can reflect the personality of a musician...With the Help of Angels is an attempt. Ray was an angel... his soul thrown as far away as New York so that those who sent him could savor his journey to Jerusalem. He picked up much along the way...the luthier's craft, the sailor's story..Those you find in the songs.The recording engineer's precision that is the diamond cutter's mark. ...Those shone in the studio. A dose of humor and storytelling -the CD is a capsule of who Ray was in person. Ray was a MENSCH (with the capitals) as anyone who recorded at Argaman studios felt. With the Help of Angels is an echo of that.... an acoustic collection of vignettes...on sea and land of an angel who fell to earth.
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Joanna Katzen

Such great music, the man gives his heart.
I have fallen in love with this CD. It's mostly classic man+guitar folk style, and Ray Scudero's music gives us the opportunity to look at things in a very different way. "Memory drifts through my mind like the mist through the trees...just as hard to hold..." from Rainfall, the first track on this CD (one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard).

AND, there's something in it for the kids too! Going on a Picnic and When You're Not Looking are two songs that your kids will want to hear over and over--and, you'll probably find yourself singing along!

Lullaby in C is the most sensitive love song--it's been performed at several local weddings already and people always respond by saying that they want it played at their's.

But there is none like Northern Wind. This sea-song speaks of life and life's end like none other.

So, if you like soothing, original music in the folk genre that is fit for the whole family, you'll love this.
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