Rena Strober releases her debut album FINDING HOME!
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TALKIN' BROADWAY REVIEW - Click to read more
Rena's clear and strong voice has a lot of heart and is a pleasure to listen to, especially as she enriches her renditions with strong acting chops in a particularly wide variety of material.
But it's the tender, serious stuff here that has staying power when the novelty of the language-switching, comic swirl and quasi-operatic grandstanding ("Time to Say Goodbye" with big-voiced Michael Amante) recede. Amanda McBroom's fervent "Make Me a Kite" soars and "Sitting in Limbo" (Jimmy Cliff/ Guilly Bright) becomes a vulnerable expression of uncertainty, beautifully sung. Perhaps best of all is Jeff Blumenkrantz's excellent song "Hold My Hand" with its mix of tender longing and girlish glee, which Rena digs into and nails. She sure makes herself at home with each style surveyed on Finding Home and I find it rather delightful. (An extra track, listed on the CD, is available as a free download from her website www.RenaStrober.com, the audacious "All This Shit Was Meant to Be."
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Finding Home was inspired by Rena's 1-woman Off-Broadway musical 'Spaghetti & Matzo Balls!' which enjoyed three sold-out runs in NYC. The musical explores Rena's journey from her upbringing as a nice Jewish girl in upstate NY to singing karaoke for the mob, traveling the country with Les Miserables, torturing her 89 year old matchmaking grandmother because she's still not married, dodging bullets and all the while rediscovering her roots.
The music ranges from folk, rock, opera, Jewish & Italian to songs from Sesame Street. You'll hear some of the most accomplished musicians in NYC including Voxare, the Julliard string quartet , world renown fiddler Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin, clarinetist Michael Winograd, Flutist Matt Steckler and many more!
FREE DOWNLOAD: Download Track 12 here.
"All This Sh** Was Meant to Be" written by Brad Alexander & Jim McNicholas.
NOTE: Contains explicit lyrics.
COMPLETE TRACK LISTING
- Speak Softly Love (Theme from 'The Godfather')
- The Secret Service
- Shiver Me Timbers
- Sitting In Limbo
- Hold My Hand
- Time to Say Goodbye
- Pure Imagination
- Make Me a Kite
- I Don't Want to Live On the Moon
- My Way (Mein Veg)
- All This S*** Was Meant to Be
PRODUCED BY JOACHIM HORSLEY.
Musical Direction: William Hindin.