Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ayei Emtzo'ekah? - Lipa / MBD

איה אמצעיך, ואיה לא אמצעיך?
אם אסק שמים שם אתה, ואציעה שאול, הינך

Where can You be found and where can You not be found? If I soar to the heavens, there You are, and if I fall to the lowest hell, You'll be there too.

Off of "Me'imka d'Lipa"; composed by MBD, sung by him and Lipper.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Ani Shabbos - MBD - Moshiach

WOW! I've never known the background to this song.

The story in very short: Once, while sleeping, R' Avrohom ibn Ezra was visited by an angel who handed him a letter. It was from Shabbos, and it said...
אני שבת עטרת דת יקרים, רביעית בעשרת הדברים
ובין השם ובין בניו אני אות, ברית עולם לכל דורים ודורים

(My possibly inaccurate translation: Hey! I'm Shabbos, the treasured crown of a cherished people, fourth of the Ten Commandments,
And between Hashem and His children, I am a sign, an everlasting covenant, for every generation...

And since I haven't finished reading or processing, this is where it may be read and processed. Good Shabbos!

UPDATE: Ooops! Per the comments, I uploaded the Ani Maamin off that recording instead of the Ani shabbos.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Down on the Farm - Tuvia Bolton

He makes some good points, ya know? Some very good points he makes, this one.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Kol Nidrei - Berel's a Zun

Kol Nidrei the way i learned it.

As your mommy always said...

You can have more when you finish what's on your plate.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Candles - Uncle Moishy

Hey, look! It's pink!

.יהי רצון שיהי רצון, ויהיו לרצון אמרי פינו והגיון לבנו לפניו

Monday, August 23, 2010

A Zemer'l - Mordechai Hershman

♫ לאמיר אלע זינגען, לאמיר אלע זינגען!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Beit Hamikdash - Tuvia Bolton

It's been a few posts since I needed to post a track, so here's a track I really needa post.

Every single element of this song rocks: the reggae-over-gospel groove; the simply-spoken lyrics; the kazoo (prompted by "play-that-thing"); and the endless parade of spectacular interludes at the end (afterlude is not a word and postlude is just unpretty. Which is not a word).

Whoooaaaaa, it will really be Sababa!
Much, much better than Olam Habba, aaaaah,
Yeeeahhhhh! The whole world will be biseider!
Can there be anything grea-ter,
Than to rejoice with our Cre-a-ta-a-a-a!?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Ki Lecha - Avraham Fried

This is off a recording marked "Kulam Sharim Hallel", which has tracks by Fried, Fertig and Farginigen. And ben David and Dov Levine Who We Love. And others. I'm placing it in the early eighties but I have no idea. Anyone?

Zochreinu L'Chaim - Pappa

Circa 1994

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Mystic Heart - LevYatan

I'm in love with the idea; I need some time to get into the music.

HT:CZ (cubic zirconia?)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Gate of Return/Rhythm Messiahs - Diaspora Yeshiva Band

It gets a little Pink Floydy at 1:30, and then, so very randomly, all Ozzy O at 3:35 or so (in his post-Sabbath yohren). My, my. I sound as if I knew him in his Sabbath yohren! Which sounds as if I knew him. Which I didn't. Wish I did.


On the topic of elevators, I entered one this morning. One of the maintenance fellas was in there with a pail and Pinesol, washing the place down. And I thought "There is a lesson for my life in this scene of an elevator going up and down, stopping and starting, filling and emptying and all along, Alberto is inside working." I don't know what the lesson is, though.

Man, I can use another song!


Monday, August 16, 2010

Hamelech Hayoshev

Found this on a tape in my parents house in Montreal.

The Return - Avraham Fried

To apologize for the past without pledging to change is just another, more sinister form of wrong. To return, a changed person, without apologizing for the past is at worst an unfinished journey. This is why the ערי מקלט, though open to everybody, were only built inside Eretz Yisroel: it is one thing to live a life of חוץ if, when the time is ripe to run, you run to Eretz Yisroel. It is quite another thing to "return" to the same barren desert.

Friday, August 13, 2010

The T'shuvah Song - Marvelous Midos Machine

...Each day you can have a new start...

Thursday, August 12, 2010

T'ka B'shofar Gadol - Yossele Rosenblatt

Do I have a sufficient number of T'ka B'shofar Gedolim to post one every day of Elul? You tell me. Do I? Of course I do. Why would I even answer? Why would you ask? Do you want to know? Are you asking? So ask! What, do I have enough, you want to know? Good question. Let's just say, yes, I probably do.

The challenge is in only posting enjoyable ones.

Hashem is so kind, he'll forgive you, with t'shuvah that comes from the heart. (Ha, maybe tomorrow that will post!)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Monday, August 9, 2010

Ha'aleinu/L'artzeinu - Yosef Karduner - Mikdash Melech

Do you recognize the lyrics to "Ha'aleinu"? I don't. But it mellows along a beautiful thought that seems to be "Bring us up to Eretz Yisroel in order to make us worthy of its holiness." Which reminds me of the "vikuach" "bein knesses Yisroel viHakadosh Boruch Hu." ("Knesses Yisroel omeres: Hashiveinu vinashuva, vHakadosh Boruch Hu Omer: Shuvu Eilai viAshuva aleichem." Yochid v'Rabim, halacha k'Rabim.) Maybe I'm disunderstanding the words. The next song is the next track on the same trail and it works very well as such.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Niggunei Modzitz - Michalkel Chaim

Presumably Bentzion Shenker. Especially love the kid beginning 2:04. Power, baby!