Sometimes I juggle way too many projects at once. I really want to work on this article I’m writing but I can’t find any quiet time to sit and bond with MS Word 2007. It’s really funny though because the more I write that article the more it turns into a behind the scenes peek into the Benny Friedman album. I have to decide which direction the article should take. What do you think? Do you think people would like an article talking about what makes Jewish music Jewish, or more of an inside look into the Benny album. Although the latter did inspire the former to begin with.
Aside from the article I’m working on a bunch of re-designs of old classic albums we now carry exclusively at Sameach. (Mostly Horahs, Dedi, Project X’s, etc.) If you didn’t see when it came out, I was the main designer on the last issue of the J.E. and what is now known as The Jewish Insights. You can download that issue here.
I’ve also been enjoying lots of great Jewish music. How about you? Here’s a brief rundown of what I’ve been listening to.
The 8th Note CD was really breathtaking. Yossi Green is just a genius. My favorite songs on 8th note are, Sefor, Anovim and Beshiftacha. Yossi Tyberg really out did himself, and that’s not just me saying that. I can’t wait for Yeedle to come out. Dovid Gabay’s CD was better then I’d have ever imagined. My favorites on the album are Brichos Avicha, Nagila, Tana and Zaroh. Again, another amazing producer, Avi, you are my friend and partner in many different projects, so people may think I’m just blowing smoke, but you are truly gifted.
I loved the Michoel Pruzansky’s Tasseh music video. I always say, do more videos, videos are great. Michoel also has my favorte Dov Shurin song on his album, V’lo. If you haven’t hear Dov Shurin’s music you have to. The guy is just out of this world talented. (He composed Zachreini Na also)
Has anyone heard the new Yossi Gurvitz CD? My favorite song on there is Hamelomeid (as anyone who listens to ShmaisRadio will know.) I also heard the Yoel Dovid CD available from L’Chaim. It’s not bad, not bad at all. Speaking of L’Chaim, The magnificent Shira Choir released a great album. Those guys are awesome. (Shraga is the best.)
I don’t know if I said this before but if you haven’t, go out and buy Yitzy Spinner’s CD. I heard one track off of Ari B’s new group album (which I’ll be doing the cover for) and it’s going to be so rocking. Ari is so talented, it’s great. Dovid Stein’s new CD is coming out Rosh Hashana time (as well as Menucha 2!!) and he released a clip, it sounds really nice. This should be an interesting album.
I’ve also been listening to one of Meshulam Greenburger’s albums. I am obsessed with it. If you don’t know who that is call Mostly Music or L’Chaim and buy it right now. It’s not as wild as Lipa but I think it’s really great. Last but not least, on the other side of the Jewish music planet. I have been listening to Momy Levy’s most recent album. It’s called Personal Import. I believe it’s available through Helicon music, but I’m sure Gal Paz sells it too. Momy is the arranger of the Hebrew and English version of The 8th Note song. When you hear the sound and production quality of that type of an album it really just blows you away.
That’s all for now, I hope everyone has a great Pesach. Enjoy the Matzah and don’t drink too much wine. Maybe in the next post I’ll have some studio pics to share.
(Visit these links to hear/see the albums I mentioned.)
MostlyMusic.com | Israel-Music | The8thNoteCD | The Jewish Insights |DovidStein | Pruz.com