Apostrophe Now

This song of Lazar Weiner, named after the wordless tunes the Hasidim sing, tells how the blessings of wine, music and joy shape the relationship of a quarrelsome poor man to God.

"Once there was a poor man who used to quarrel with God.
Wonder of wonders befell him when he sang this melody: 'Tsiri bim bam bam.'
Wine flows from the melody and he swallows gulp after gulp.
He sings and bliss pours forth; he leaps for joy."

Stephen Varney, piano