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Monday, August 3, 2015

Ikh ken shoyn nit mithaltn means "I Can't Keep Up" in Yiddish - my song that won the 2015 Der Yidisher Idol competition!

UPDATE: I posted this originally in March, the day I finished writing the song (the same day Jim and Ken and I recorded it). As it turned out, I was selected as one of the "international finalists" for the Mexico City Der Idisher Idol competition (that's how they spell Der Yidisher Idol in Spanish). The competition organizers very kindly paid for my trip to Mexico City, which was fantastically fun, and ... I won! I am (ahem) the 2015 Grand Prize winner.

Pianist Roger Lynn Spears recorded a piano track for me to take with me and that's what you hear in this, the video from the actual competition. I didn't sing very well (I was very nervous) but at least I remembered the words.


UPDATE: Somebody just asked if they could purchase the sheet music etc for this song, sure! Click here:





I don't understand today's world
So below, find the original submission to the organizers. My personal motto is "I Can't Keep Up" and in this song I express my own actual feelings about modernity.

My thanks to Ken Bloom and Jim Baird for coming over one afternoon and recording this with me. I wrote it using the Stutchkoff thesaurus, his Yiddish rhyming dictionary, and the critical expertise of Sheva Zucker who told me what I couldn't say. This is what was left over...



Click to watch the video on youtube:


If you'd like the words and/or sheet music write me: jane@mappamundi.com

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