In memory of the victims of the Holocaust: Where is the Village? (Vi iz dus geseleh?)



“Where is the Village?” (Vi iz dus geseleh?) a well known Yiddish song.”
Jay Black, lead singer of the pop group “Jay and the Americans”.

 In 1966, Jay took a standard Yiddish song and adapted it into a version to demonstrate his feelings about the Holocaust. After a long struggle with the record company, he convinced them to let him record it. While recording it he worked with Artie Butler to help him with the arrangement since Jay comes from an Orthodox Jewish background. Jay Black who was born David Blatt is the voice, the creator, and everything you hear on that vocal.

A superb interpretation seldom heard in recordings of this song. I feel he showed a facet of his personality that’s quite mature for someone in his twenties. A young man singing about the horrors of the Holocaust, recorded in a vinyl LP intended for the teenagers who buy pop/rock. First half of the song is sung in Yiddish, and the second half of the song in English. Only one other major Jewish vocalist, Steve Lawrence, included a Yiddish song in his popular repertory, a song titled “Where Can I Go?”, also about the Holocaust period. Steve Lawrence sang the English lyrics first, followed by the Yiddish lyrics. Jay Black undertook a higher risk, singing the Yiddish lyrics first. “Where is the Village?” is a gem of a Yiddish song, and Jay Black’s curriculum should indicate popular vocalist, and Yiddish singer.”Where is the Village?” sung in Yiddish and English. Paintings by MARC CHAGALL. Born in Vitebsk, Belarus. (White Russia).

Yiddish lyrics: Vi iz dus gesele, Vi iz dos shtib, Vi iz dos meydele, Veimen ich kh’hob lieb, Jot iz dos gesele, Jot iz dos shtib, Jot iz dus meydele.Veimen ich kh’hob lieb, Jot iz dos gesele, Jot iz dos shtib, Jot iz dos meydele,Veimen ich kh’hob lieb. la, la, la………..

Bilingual version of VI IZ DUS GESELE by Jay and the Americans, the pop group from the 1960’s made up of Jewish boys. The song titled in English WHERE IS THE VILLAGE? Vocal by Jay Black (born David Blatt), lead singer of JAY AND THE AMERICANS. ( VI IZ DUS GESELE) is included in the CD: JAY AND THE AMERICANS: It begins with a poem like intro in English about the loss of father, mother, sister, brothers and sweetheart (spoken or better said recited). The great arrangement is by Artie Butler, who has also arranged songs for Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand. It is an excellent presentation of this song. All I can say is “enjoy, enjoy”. The song is also known as “Vu iz dus geselle” “Vu iz dos gesele” , “Vi iz dus gesele” “Vi iz dos geseleh” “Vi iz dus gesele” “Vi is dus gessele”…

MARC CHAGALL: (from Wikipedia) “Marc Chagall (Yiddish: מאַרק שאַגאַל; Russian: Марк Захарович Шага́л; Belarusian: Мойша Захаравіч Шагалаў Mojša Zacharavič Šahałaŭ) (7 July 1887 — 28 March 1985) was a French painter of Russian-Jewish origin who was born in Belarus, then part of the Russian Empire. Among the celebrated painters of the 20th century, he is associated with the modern movements .Biography Marc Chagall was born Moishe Shagal (משה שאגאל – Shagal is a dialectal, North-Eastern Yiddish variant of the surname “Segal”, an acronym of סגן לוי Segan Levi, meaning “Assistant Levite”); his name was rendered in the Russian language as Mark Zakharovich Shagalov. Chagall was born in Vitebsk, Russian Empire (now in Belarus), the oldest of nine children in the close-knit Jewish family led by his father, a herring merchant Khatskl (Zakhar) Shagal, and his mother, Feige-Ite. This period of his life, described as happy though impoverished, appears in references throughout Chagall’s work.”Jay Black AKA David Blatt, Born: 2-Nov-1938, Birthplace: New York Шар голубойЕврейイデ ��ッシュ語イディッシュ語

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