The Klezmer Influence on “Worth It”

Are you a fan of the clarinet/horns in Klezmer?

Me too!  That’s why the horn sound on the summer’s Fifth Harmony hit, “Worth It”, grabbed my ears right away.  Now that Worth It has snuck its way into the sound bites of multiple commercials, I was curious if anyone else had written about the distinctive Kelzmer-like sound of its clarinet.  Take in the tune, but turn your back to the screen if you’re modest.  The video isn’t (but holy cow – nearly 400 million views?).

The only reference I could find online to the quasi-Klezmerism of Worth It, was in Salon from the summer, but one was enough.  They nailed it!

“That catchy horn hook is Middle Eastern-inflected saxophone, of all things—the addition of the track’s Israeli-American producer, Ori Kaplan. ‘Worth It’ is a very manufactured pop song, but that it snuck into the incredibly managed world of top-40 pop music is fascinating indeed.  Kaplan’s horns, naturally, carry a lot of the weight, and the Harmonizers, of course, deserve a lot of the credit as well.”

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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2 Responses to The Klezmer Influence on “Worth It”

  1. doctuhdon says:

    no surprise that this was a #1 hit in Israel !

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