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Stephen Saxon: Music

Dodi Li

(Stephen Saxon)
This is an excerpt from a recording by the San Francisco Klezmer Experience. In performance, we would set up a Turkishe rhythm and a few of us would take extended improvised solos. At one concert, I decided to do an improvised cantorial recitative instead of playing a trumpet solo. I think the first time it was after a massacre and I chanted the Kaddish. For the recording, I thought a Dodi Li ("I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine") would be more uplifting. I think the refrain came to me when we did this song at a wedding gig, but aside from having the idea of shaping it by going from low to high, the verses were improvised for that take in the studio.