Opening Prayer

by Crystal Beth (solo)

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1_djelem djelem 16:19
2_push through 4:02

Recorded live
Jack straw studios 50th anniversary
Beth Fleenor: clarinet/voice/effects
Engineered by Steve Ditore

June 16, 2012

Notes: Djelem Djelem is a traditional gypsy melody – after the Romani holocaust of world war II, lyrics were set to the melody by Zarko Jovanovic and the song became the anthem of the Romani people.

Not knowing any of this, I heard the song at a show in Ljublijana, Slovenia in 2009 and it was forever burned into my brain/heart…
I couldn’t stop singing it, went in search of it, and then learned its history. Here it is used as an opening prayer – a hope that we may each find our way, living life as our authentic selves. It is used as a jumping off point for a vocal improvisation in bethnic - my native tongue.

I wrote Push Through as part of a release ritual in 2011.

Thank you for listening – this is the beginning.


released June 24, 2013



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Crystal Beth Seattle, Washington

A ferociously powerful, psychedelic clarinet & primal scream fronted rock band – Crystal Beth spits electric fire and cleansing water in dense currents of bethnic chants that unblock your nervous system and drop that dopamine!

Spinning her own universe of cathardcore purge pop liberation –
Crystal Beth & the Boom Boom Band is sweaty, trance inducing, and heart-pouring goodness for your soul.
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