Listen: Ache Higher // EP of Songs

A collection of songs recorded at Yaddo (Saratoga Springs, NY) in February 2020.

Written and performed by Tatyana Tenenbaum.

Special citations:

“Vanishing Point” chorus lyrics co-authored with Hadar Ahuvia

“Sondheim Structure Savior” contains melodic and lyric quotations from Stephen Sondheim’s “Opening Doors” from Merrily We Roll Along. The lyric ‘it’s not a tune you can hum’ also appears in “The Land Is Frozen.”

“I Judged You” is a requiem and an apology to Sigmund Freud. I am pausing to consider his complex escape from Nazi-occupied Vienna, his refusal to accept the magnitude of antisemitism, and his imagined grief, had he lived to learn his sisters would die in the concentration camps.

“Over My Dear Body” contains lyric references to Stephen Sondheim’s “Children Will Listen,” the finale from Into The Woods. This was my favorite musical growing up. While at Yaddo I learned that it was based on Bruno Bettelheim’s Freudian analysis of European fairy tales. There is also a lyric reference to the civil rights era song “Oh, Freedom” popularized by singer Odetta.

I am the great-granddaughter of Eastern European Jewish immigrants who settled in New York City, the granddaughter of Broadway producers, and the daughter of psychotherapists. I am tracing the lineages of secular Jewish thought and assimilation that have impacted me and my body.

released February 23, 2020