Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Zokhreinu L'Hayyim (with link to music video)

The Yamim Yoraim (High Holidays) are almost here! Time to share some new music written to texts from the liturgy of these holy days. Many thanks to Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz, for this beautiful song! ❤️And I'm happy to see links to her commentary and Hadar's High Holiday Reader.

𝑍𝑜𝑘ℎ𝑟𝑒𝑖𝑛𝑢 𝑙'ℎ𝑎𝑦𝑦𝑖𝑚
𝑚𝑒𝑙𝑒𝑘ℎ 𝑘ℎ𝑎𝑓𝑒𝑡𝑧 𝑏𝑎'ℎ𝑎𝑦𝑦𝑖𝑚
𝑣'ℎ𝑎𝑡'𝑣𝑒𝑖𝑛𝑢 𝑏'𝑠𝑒𝑖𝑓𝑒𝑟 ℎ𝑎'ℎ𝑎𝑦𝑦𝑖𝑚
𝑙'𝑚𝑎'𝑎𝑛𝑘ℎ𝑎 𝑒𝑙𝑜ℎ𝑖𝑚 ℎ𝑎𝑦𝑦𝑖𝑚
"Remember us for life
Sovereign Who delights in life
And write us into the Book of Life
for Your sake, living God"
As we enter the month of Elul and begin preparing for the New Year, our hearts turn toward the Source of existence, asking that the breath of life continue to flow through us.
"Zokhreinu L'Hayyim," the new song from Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz, is suffused with being. Vocals yearn and soar atop acoustic guitar, upright bass, and pulsing percussion, and the delicate interplay between clarinet and banjo adds layers of depth and emotional color to the pleading. Rooted in lyrics from an iconic High Holiday prayer, breath itself is the key instrument in this recording.
Deborah's song is out today on Rising Song Records! Stream it wherever you listen to music, and download it on Bandcamp.
For Deborah's commentary on this piece, as well as sheet music:
For more Torah for this season in Hadar's High Holiday Reader:
Music composed by R. Deborah Sacks Mintz
Text from High Holiday liturgy
Deborah Sacks Mintz — lead vocals
Chava Mirel — guitar, harmony vocals@
Michael Winograd — clarinet
Yoshie Fruchter — bass, harmony vocals
Ilusha Tsinadze — banjo, harmony vocals
Sam Weisenberg — percussion, harmony vocals
Recorded live at B'nai Jeshurun NYC on July 14, 2022.
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Don Godwin.
Filmed by Shmulie Lowenstein.
Cover artwork by Nireh Orr.d

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 update:

Since I'm having problems getting this blog to display all of my posts, I'm deleting this video and replacing it with a link to the video, in the hope of restoring some of my posts to visibility.  Sorry.  I hope this works.


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