Beth Hamon | Ten Miles

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Ten Miles

by Beth Hamon

Original Jewish folk with touches of roots and Americana - made by hand in Portland, Oregon
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Modah Ani
3:16 $0.99
2. Ten Miles
3:48 $0.99
3. Adonai S'fatai
2:40 $0.99
4. Lev Tahor
3:13 $0.99
5. Gloria
4:50 $0.99
6. Ozi V'zimrat Yah
4:50 $0.99
7. Sparks
2:43 $0.99
8. Chameleon
4:53 $0.99
9. R'faeynu
2:57 $0.99
10. Hole in My Pocket
3:38 $0.99
11. Harvest of Love
3:29 $0.99
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Album Notes

Who am I?

It's a question I am invited to reconsider from time to time.

What I can tell you for now is this: I'm a musician, teacher, artist and bicycle mechanic living in Portland, Oregon. I was raised by nightclub musician parents and learned my earliest lessons in music theory from their fake books. Later on my older sister taught me three chords on guitar and soon I learned a bunch more on my own. I also studied percussion and music education in college, and enjoyed a career in music education for many years. In the late 1990's I was recruited into Jewish education by a religious school director who must've known something I didn't.

I grew up knowing I was Jewish but not really knowing in great detail what that meant. We moved a lot during my childhood and lived in a succession of working-class neighborhoods where we were often the only Jewish family for miles around. We never joined a synagogue, and I didn't go to Hebrew school. My summer "camp" experiences came courtesy of the Girl Scouts and, later on, a local drum and bugle corps. I learned a lot about not fitting in while growing up, and longed for a time in my life when I could finally belong somewhere in a community. The feeling of being an outsider has stuck with me my whole life, and has sometimes made fitting in a real challenge. It took awhile, and I went through several phases and a lot of missteps as I struggled to learn how to be my true self in the world. Part of that has meant trying to figure out how to be a Jew among other Jews, not always an easy thing.

Music helped. Like the mail-order music ad in the magazines promised ("Be the life of any party!"), my guitar helped me to find a path into Jewish communal life. The path was not perfectly paved by any means -- in fact, there were lots of potholes and gravel -- but it was a path, and I took it. While I learned the liturgy, Torah study and holidays I had never celebrated while growing up, I was also trying to mesh my reality with the traditions of my people. Many of my songs are byproducts of that ongoing process of discovery.

I have been helped by some really good people along the way, here in Portland and elsewhere. They include my beautiful, amazing partner; my family; my friends in both the Jewish community and in Portland's bicycle scene; a bunch of rabbis, cantors and Jewish educators; and a couple of fellow bike mechanics thrown in for good measure.

I have gone from someone who felt like I was on the outside looking in to someone who is closer to being in the middle of something good. I am still stubbornly imperfect, and learning more and more every day how best to live with that. I am trying to be a better Jew and a better human being, moving from radical discomfort to radical amazement. My songs reflect the journey, which continues today. Come along for the ride. It'll be good.



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Chris Coughlin

Thank you for helping me focus!
There are mornings when I barely get out the door in time to rush to a work meeting. I jump in the car, start the engine and head off, flustered and worrying that I might be late. On those days, I am so very grateful to Beth Hamon and her Ten Miles CD full for music and prayers for providing me with a way to take a deep breath, center myself, and focus on what is truly important. As the music and words flow through me, I regroup and create the space to think about how I want to focus my energy for the day! Modah Ani allows me to take a breath and give thanks for the day. Adonai S’fatai creates a spiritual space for me to think about what is important. I work with many non-profit organizations, and the words of Ozi v’Zimrat Yah resonant with me as I think about why I do what I do. As the songs continue to play, I am no long rushed and worried, but rather calm, focused and ready to make a difference in the world!

Alison Westermann

Universal melodies and lyrics
I received the disc in the mail and delayed listening because of life - boy, am I regretting that! Every track is better than the one before, but the stand-outs, to me, are Ten Miles, Lev Tahor and Ozi V'zimrat Yah. Ten Miles is an autobiographical song that still works on a more universal level, reminding us of paths not taken and memories of the past. Lev Tahor is the first I've heard of its kind - folk music that issues a direct plea (to G-d or the Great Unknown, or whatever!) to help us cleanse our hearts. Again, the universal nature of the lyrics helps make this song memorable and lovely. Speaking of memorable, Ozi V'zimrat Yah - the English lyrics are powerful, but it's the repeated melody of the chorus, in Hebrew, that really hooks you in and sticks around after the music ends.