Andy in Mel's basement. I must
have still been playing guitar at the time, because I'm playing Mel's
bass here. You can see the headstock of my Stratocaster just to
the left of the bass guitar.
Joel wasn't too good a bass player, and
the band didn't really need a guitar player, especially one no better
than me. After about a year, Joel quit and I became the bass
player. This helped our sound quite a bit.
Without a doubt, the best thing that happened to me from being in Nigun
was that I met BelleAnne, who had been singing in the band for
years. About nine months after her first husband died, she asked
me out for coffee, and I was only too glad to accept. We were
married in June of 2002.
We began recording music with the idea of making a record in early
2002. I was living at 6016
at the time and had a large bedroom devoted to studio
use. When BelleAnne and I were married, we moved into our current
home, which is big enough to have a much larger space in the basement
devoted to music. We continued to record.
Mel added Danielle Cohen, his daughter, on keyboards in 2003. A
little later, Mike Goldman, the drummer, left the band, to be replaced
by Gary Kaplan. Sarah Rotman, who is BelleAnne's mother, left the
band in early 2005.
Our record was done in early 2004, and Our
CD was released.
I still have a whole bunch of these CDs, so if you'd like one, contact
Here are some cuts from the record:
Shehecheyanu - the Craig
Taubman version, lead vocals by Andy
Los Bilbilicos - BelleAnne sings
this Ladino number beautifully
Eishes Chayil - an instrumental
version of a song from Yiddish theatre
Mayn Shvester Khaye - this
is a heartbreaking song in Yiddish,
a poem by Binem Heller set to music by Chava Alberstein and the
I hired Scott Tichenor to play mandolin,
Sophie, my stepdaughter, joins me at the very end
Andy and Danielle, Purim 2005 at the Chabad House.
BelleAnne and I left the band at the end of 2005 to form our new
band, The L'chaim Players.
Copyright 2006 by Andy Curry