Joanna and Ray Scudero | Poor Working Slob

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Poor Working Slob

by Joanna and Ray Scudero

Soothing yet exhilarating harmonies, with lyrics that both calm your soul and tickle your funnybone.
Genre: Folk: Gentle
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Aimless Love
Joanna and Ray Scudero
4:17 $0.99
2. Voyager
Joanna and Ray Scudero
3:35 $0.99
3. Livin' on the Line
Joanna and Ray Scudero
3:36 $0.99
4. Eye of the Wind
Joanna and Ray Scudero
4:22 $0.99
5. Poor Working Slob
Joanna and Ray Scudero
6:15 $0.99
6. Can't Fix Everything That's Broken
Joanna and Ray Scudero
3:38 $0.99
7. ...and we shall want no more
Joanna and Ray Scudero
3:56 $0.99
8. Wildflower Bouquet
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3:40 $0.99
9. Our Wedding Song
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3:00 $0.99
10. Sweet Haven
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3:18 $0.99
11. The Jig is Up
Ray Scudero
3:00 $0.99
12. The Devil's Cell Phone
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3:12 $0.99
13. If I could only
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2:42 $0.99
14. Horizon Dawn
Ray Scudero
6:10 $0.99
15. Through the Night
Ray Scudero
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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.


Both Poor Working Slob and Ray's first album, With the Help of Angels (, contain many of the songs that have made him so popular and loved within the folk community in Israel. They also provide a good deal of insight into the man, his feelings and his love of life. Several of the songs on Poor Working Slob were written by Ray's wife, Joanna, and express the profound love that she feels for him. 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 and Joanna.


Contemporary folk music is alive and well and, in the case of Poor Working Slob, entirely innovative.

Joanna and Ray perform splendidly together, singing original songs that cover the entire spectrum of emotions and are expressed in moods that run from contemplative to whimsical.

"Joanna and Ray Scudero wow the crowds..." writes Barry Davis of the Jerusalem Post. "The only thing more fun than performing with Ray is recording with Ray," says Joanna, and the fun they have is evident in the title track of their CD, Poor Working Slob.

Ray is a veteran of the Greenwich Village early folk days. His extensive travel experiences have contributed to a deep sack of story-seeds that are sown through the lines of his songs.

Sam Orbaum of the Jerusalem Post writes, "[Ray Scudero is] a prolific songwriter and poet..." and, referring to Ray's song, The Sky Has Broken (included on Ray's CD, With the Help of Angels), "The song electrified. He performed it solo, a cappella, with nothing but his emotive voice. The audience was enthralled. That song was the hit of the evening."

Joanna's passionate penchant for lilting lyrics led her to performing songwriter Ray Scudero, who encouraged her to sing and write to her heart's content. The result was a marriage, literally, and in the form of creative collaboration.

Her songs are driven by the passion that propelled her through her many years in classical ballet, and by the love of the people in her life that grew as she raised her children and keenly felt the same ups and downs that we all experience.

The resultant CD, Poor Working Slob, speaks to the common Joe. It includes songs that make you laugh, long for the sea, remember and ponder. The entire project is the co-operative effort of the Scuderos, and their sound is all their own. Adding to the artistry of the project is the use of fine (and unusual) fretted instruments that were conceived and built by Ray Scudero himself.

Judith Ganchrow, reviewer for FolkNotes writes, "The harmonies are full on these songs, with multiple overlapping tracks carrying [the] voice and strings [that are] provided by the two artists, [who are] doing the songs as the writers (the same two artists) intended."

"This CD is world class," says Larry Rosenfeld, manager of the Karmiel Folk Klub.

Enjoy the music, and don't keep it a secret.



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Harold Jacobs

A voyage to the cherry on the wedding cake - don't miss the boat!
Joanna & Ray Scudero’s debut duo album is actually somewhat of a wedding album. Now that’s a novel concept! The cover photo of J&Ray is courtesy of the Office of the Mayor of Limassol Cyprus;it’s their official wedding photo and they are both just beaming. Every time I hear the vows in “Our Wedding Song” tears well up in my eyes like the proverbial Aunt on the aisle. And while this song is the cherry on top of the wedding cake, the album never ceases to pick me up out of the dumps and deposit me gently at a much better place. It is therefore indeed a unique album to be treasured and maybe even heir loomed in a dowry.

Joanna opens the CD with a sweet & silky rendition of “Aimless Love” and sets you up for Ray’s contrasting sea captain voice, full of nautical terms such as: sea swells, sailing in the eye of the wind, charting a course, being at the helm and finally, dropping anchor in a turquoise-blue lagoon.

The last time I heard so much naval jargon, I was enjoying Jack London’s Sea Wolf.

These musical/poetic voyages are far more than a bounty, as J&Ray’s quintessentially refreshing dynamics and wit bestow upon the listener an endowment of endearing music. Thanks to Ray’s amazing recording engineering, when Joanna’s and Ray’s voices are double and multi-tracked, the one plus one equation at times equals either an angelic heavenly choir, or superbly exquisite vocal ensembles.

Ray’s exotic handmade instruments also add another enjoyable auditory dimension to his terrific instrumental arrangements. The opening lilting riff of the title tune is reminiscent of “You Found A Fine Time To Leave Me Lucille” but it rapidly develops into a hysterically funny commentary on life in NYC that actually forces you to sing along in anthem style: “…here’s to the poor working slob.” The song is a tour de force, and was a show-stopper at the last Jacob’s Ladder Folk festival. I would have preferred a live concert recording here instead of the drunken laughter at the end of the song, because the actual laughter and excitement of the audience was simply more dazzling.

Joanna also debuts as an independent songwriter on four songs, and her “We Shall Want No More” is such a natural feel-good dream anthem of lost innocence. Ray then presents her with a “Wildflower Bouquet” while beautifully conjuring-up blue herons, daisies, butterflies & birch trees. The love-fest continues with Jo&Jo double-tracked and soothing our raging souls with a great rendition of “Sweet Haven” in your arms. With hearts a-bursting all over the place, it was now a propitious time for “The Jig is Up”, an instrumental sojourn that could have graced Pete Seeger’s acclaimed Nonesuch album. Yet another show-stopper follows with the hilarious “The Devil’s Cell Phone” telling you how to dial directly to hell. Finally a jointly written “If I Could Only” creates a spell that you’re afraid will soon end, but is gratefully followed by “Horizon Dawn” which leaves you hankering for more. Luckily we get a superb anti-war love finale called “Through the Night”. Wow! There’s nothing poor or slobbish about this CD. OK - enough glowing expletives. Judge for yourselves. I gotta go listen to it again.

Irving Bradley

Poor Working Slob is truly great.
POOR WORKING SLOB is truly great. Your music and words connect to the Mind and reach the Heart. Thanks, Joanna and Ray, for writing, performing and producing this outstanding CD.

Désirée Schnapp

A poem inspired by one of Ray Scudero songs
It says it all.
Thank you Ray for all you give us, G_d bless you.


A meteorite crossed on its way

The sleepy, setting Betelgeuse,

It was the signal for my soul -

Wonderful miracles do occur.

And instant love filled my heart,

Love for a pure, kindred spirit;

Definitive love, as the certainty

Of our sure, absolute mortality.

And so I knew then, as I do now -
And nothing could change it, no -
I've met my latest earthling love
The sign heralded it from above.

And even if we will never meet
It matters not, the dies are cast;
My earthling love is here to stay
As long as I , on Earth, will last.

roger s. from California, USA

wow and wow again
The CD reflects the artist's intense will to life. A real winner.

Rahel Jaskow

Fantastic music. I want more.
Ah, at last: the second CD of Israel’s folk-poet laureate Ray Scudero, together with his wife, Joanna, a fine singer-songwriter. They make a great team, and their music is fantastic. The vocals and lyrics capture the heart, and the instrumentation sparkles. Ray’s title song takes me right back to New York, and Joanna’s “And We Shall Want No More” gives angelic comfort. “Poor Working Slob” is pure pleasure, and the only improvement I can suggest for the next release is a double CD or a boxed set of four.