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Standout Track: No. 5, “Noah’s Song (We’re Alone),” a straight-up rocker that imagines the ark-builder’s psychological state after he realizes that the Big Guy had indeed “washed it all away.” It isn’t exactly joyous: “You saved me because I believed/And saw through immorality/But why this way?” he asks.
Musical Motivation: When the Fruchters—father Harold, 53, and son Yoshie, 24—decided to collaborate on setting eight Biblical tales to music, they stuck mostly to folky arrangements. The Flood, however, seemed to deserve something more intense. “I really just went out on a limb and thought to myself, You know what? I bet Noah wasn’t too happy on that ark. I know I wouldn’t have been,” says singer/guitarist Yoshie, a former Silver Spring resident who now lives in New York and plays in Juez, a “breakbeat/klezmer/jazz” combo.
Harold, who fronts the Kol Chayim Orchestra, a Baltimore-based wedding band, saw no reason to interfere with his son’s vision. “I think Yoshie’s take on the story really hits home,” he says.
This Is Your Captain Freaking: The Fruchters are reluctant to identify their brand of Judaism, but when pressed, they say “modern Orthodox,” which Yoshie calls “a strong regard for traditional Jewish law but with an openness to contemporary culture.” So there were no second thoughts about giving Noah a metal moment. “I had this image of Noah fronting a band on the deck of the ark through pouring rain and thunder and sort of just rocking out,” Yoshie says. “How else is God gonna hear him?”—Joe Warminsky