I originally contributed 2 audio clips to Kevin Sipp’s installation/soundscape — a segment of the Tanakh, ‘Lamentations,’ and a piece of Holocaust survivor poetry, ‘You Onlookers’ by Nelly Sachs. I have since paired them with music I found gave more depth and context to my choices. The ‘Lamentations’ track now includes some of Louis Armstrong’s ‘Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans,’ as a tribute to Rabbi Lehman’s experience of loss and his musical/emotional response to Katrina.
I then found some live klezmer music to combine with the Sachs poem. I feel both have a tone of celebration in light of tragedy, a theme of lost pleasure. The innately mournful mode & mood of klezmer feels fitting for the memorial of life in Sachs’ poem.