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Hodu Lashem

by Devora Gila

A favorite in spiritual women's music. Exquisite, uplifting, a rich tapestry of soothing melodies, meditative and dance-able rhythms, and inspiring themes.
Genre: Spiritual: Judaica
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1. Shir HaMa'alot
3:53 album only
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2. Hashem Melech
4:22 album only
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3. Beloved
5:03 album only
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4. Ki Karov
5:01 album only
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5. Serve Thee
4:15 album only
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6. Sea and Sand
3:24 album only
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7. Et Kashti
3:09 album only
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8. Hear My Laughter
2:46 album only
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9. Infinite Wonder
3:16 album only
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10. Eyn K'elokeynu
3:41 album only
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11. Hodu Lashem
3:39 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
HODU LASHEM

Described by the Jewish World Review as a "Joan Baez-type" singer-songwriter, Devora Gila trailblazed a new path in the world of Jewish music with the release of HODU LASHEM in 2003. This album paints a rich tapestry of soothing melodies, meditative and danceable rhythms, and inspiring spiritual themes.

HODU LASHEM features Devora Gila's angelic voice in a high-quality production of original music. Co-produced and arranged by Israeli musician Naor Carmi, the album's mix of genre styles includes folk, Middle-Eastern, Latin, Chassidic, and American contemporary. Many of the melodies were inspired through mantra meditation.

HODU LASHEM also features a wide range of talented Israeli musicians, including beloved Israeli guitarist Gavriel Hason, Asaf Shirazi on Latin percussion, and virtuoso cellist Doron Toister of The Israeli Philharmonic.

A regular on the playlist of Staten Island's WSIA radio (For Women Only), HODU LASHEM is making its way around the globe. And it's creating an intimate spiritual musical community among women by connecting us all through the power of song.

SONG CREATION

Here are some of the behind-the-scenes of a handful of the songs on the album:

1. "Shir HaMaalot"

This melody came to me while I was awakening from my sleep on Pesach,
about 20 years ago, in the 2nd year of my teshuvah.
Wow! I can't believe it was so long ago already! 

I knew it was special and didn't want to forget it. 
If my memory is correct, the first part is what came in the dream-like state
and the second part I added from my own heart to complete the tune.  

Since it was Pesach I couldn't write down the melody or record it. 
So I put it to the words of something I already knew - Psalm 126 - 
and sang it over and over and over again until I had memorized it.

Because the melody came to me on Pesach, I always believed
that it was reminscent of a Song of Ascents from the holy ancient Temple days. 

2. "Eyn Keylokeynu". 

The melody came to me as I was walking down Beacon Street in Brookline, MA
where I lived when I decided to leave my secular lifestyle and become religious.

I put it to the words to the prayer "Eyn Keylokeynu" and that's how the song was born. 

When I moved to Israel a couple of years later, 
I was learning Torah in an institution for women.
I had brought my guitar (I knew the basic chords) and continued to write songs.
A young woman asked me if I had a "tape" (remember those?!) 
I said that I didn't. 
She said, "Well, you should make one!"

3. "Hashem Melech". 

The way this song came about was through a singing mantra meditation. 

I was leading a group singing meditation, while accompanying on an Indonesian djembe.
We simply repeated the verse, "Hashem Melech, Hashem Malach, Hashem Yimloch L'Olam Vaed" 
(The Lord is King, the Lord was King, the Lord will be King forever and ever.)

The words seemed to tell me how they wanted to be sculpted into song. 

4. "Infinite Wonder". 

One day I woke up with these words in my head: "The infinite wonder of the soul's sacred dance"
and I changed "sacred" to "holy". I wrote the actual song when I arrived in Israel in July 2000. 

As you can see, this song is all about doing teshuvah, longing for Torah, and yearning to serve Hashem. 


I want to hear words that cannot be spoken
I want to dream dreams* that can't be broken 
So let me taste the secret place 
where the sweetest light shines on my face

After the storm and after the thunder
I'm losing myself in this newborn romance
and I'm finding myself in the infinite wonder
In the infinite wonder of the soul's holy dance

I want to hear the voices of the ones who are hoping
I want to feel the love of their hearts so open
so let me taste the secret spice
of the sweetest fragrance that opens my eyes

After the storm and after the thunder
I'm losing myself in this newborn romance
and I'm finding myself in the infinite wonder
In the infinite wonder of the soul's holy dance

 *(Years later someone said I should have written "weave dreams" and I think she was right! I just never re-recorded the album)

5. "Ki Karov". 

This song was another "mantra meditation" where I repeated the line over and over again. 
The second part took some more work. I consider it a perfect example of where God's
inspiration meets the human creative spirit. 


REVIEWS OF HODU LASHEM:

"Perfect, prayerful, refreshing, full of love...I love everything about it!
-Tziona Achishena, musician and composer

"Very beautiful" -Rockin' Rebbetzin Michelle Garner,
WSIA 88.9 FM, Staten Island, NY

"Each song is beautifully composed and sung...This album uplifts the heart and inspires the soul. Looking forward to more!" -Leora Silberstein, Israel National Radio

"...one of the hippest religious recording around" - Jewish Music WebCenter

"Devora Gila has talent...The arrangements and performances here are skilled and flavorful,... innovative." -Jerusalem Post

"...a sweet, wonderful voice..." -Jewish Music WebCenter

"I love the melody, your voice, the percussive quality and the fact that I could dance to it. I have been doing some soul-searching about the kind of music I listen to, so your music came along at a perfect time." - Anonymous

"Feeling SOOO aligned :) inspiring! Thank you for sharing your heavenly voice & salubrious high healing frequencies just when I was feeling a bit wiped. I listened to your song and started dancing and felt invigorated. -   I hope we can soon all truly connect to synergize & bring more healing & geulah to one & all." - Ita Teigman, Functional Health & Conscious Birth Doula

"Devora Gila's music touches my soul deeply and inspires my own creativity... I find myself singing her songs throughout the day." -Anonymous, artist

"The music is beautiful, original and connected to the neshama (soul) of the words. You certainly put your heart and soul into it.
I have always enjoyed music but your songs are on a different level. I have istened to the recordings over and over again...."

"Your music brings out the dance and swirl of my soul. I hear the soul in your songs and feel my own soul pulled to serve Hashem with greater joy. Song and movement become one as the notes, words and thrill of your songs carry me heavenward.
thanks so much!!" - Devorah Rosenblum

"Exquisite." -Toby Klein Greenwald, Director of women's theater

"Devora Gila's songs put you on such a spiritual high...
I waited for months for the release of her CD, 'Hodu Lashem'." -Anonymous

"(Devora Gila has) a remarkable voice range."
-Anonymous

"'Hodu Lashem' tracks the journey of a soul. We hear a voice that belongs to the realm of superstars ... but the richness and depth of the Torah integrated into DG's life makes this transcendent, far beyond any music in the pop world. Tender, passionate, uplifting, these songs are polished jewels. This is the voice of a woman who has emerged through suffering to ecstatic joy, from emptiness to fullness..." -CRS, musician and composer

"Your music is beautiful and healing...So moving. Hope you will be zoche to capture and share many more melodies. --Rivkah-Leah Leigh,Lakewood NJ


ABOUT THE PERFORMER

Devora Gila remembers writing her first song at about age five, lying in the back of her parents' station wagon on the way home from a Beatlemania concert. As a teenager, she travelled throughout Latin America and Southeast Asia as a clarinetist with the Long Island Youth Orchestra. She won local, state and national honors for clarinet as well as dramatic, poetic and prose performance. In her mid-twenties, she won a Best of Boston award for her work with political Theatre troupe Singing With the Enemy; co-wrote, produced and performed on Mondo Sweetie's debut album in Spanish, and sang back-up vocals in Boston's folk scene for singer-songwriter Pat Burtis, showcasing at the Bitter End in New York's East Village. But now the native Long Islander has traded in the thrill of clubs and mixed crowds for the spiritually uplifting "high" of women-only performances.

Former yoga instructor and martial arts student, Devora Gila earned a B.A. in Linguistics from Harvard College, where she performed with a Renaissance choir, the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, and hosted a jazz program on WHRB radio. While earning an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College, she continued her interest in radio broadcast as a DJ for a Spanish music show on WRMC. She has studied various vocal traditions and techniques, including classical Indian singing with reknown Hindustani singer and composer Warren Senders, jazz, and "Spiritual Singing" with Barry Harris, who teaches a methodology developed by faculty of the Metropolitan House of Opera for vocal repair and retraining.

"Everyone can sing, and every woman has a divine inner song that is yearning to be released into the world in a holy way. I find the apparent restrictions of 'Kol Ishah' to be liberating. It creates an intimate spiritual musical community among women and connects us through the power of song."

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Francesca

wonderful beautiful music!
This is a beautiful album. I love it!!! I am young mother of three children, and it gives such joy to listen to this album in the car when we are driving. They sing along, and I feel soothed and inspired. Even my two year old girl goes la-la-la. The songs are truly nice--not just for the judaica genre, but for the folk music genre! The lyrics are inspiring. If you get it you will surely enjoy it!
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Shulamis

excellent
I think it was extreemly inspiring.....of course cultivating/gathering the creativity we all have is vital to serve H-shem in a holy way, the inspiration was there..vibrant...encouraging...helped me go to sleep when I had anxiety......I'm thankful for that...a multitude of thoughts in my head..can't really release them now..thanxs
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Lou Roman

Beautiful!
Devora has a very soothing voice. Her singing is beautiful. I also like that different styles of music are used on this CD. I'm Glad I Bought It!
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Nancy Levinson

Music that will awaken your soul!
The music on this CD has awakened something in my soul!! The music touches the heart and soul. It's clear that the artist is fully engaged with each song she sings and you will feel it when you listen.
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Sarah

WOW!!!!
It really touches the soul. Cuts through the falseness of this world, Goes straight to the core- I think the Neshamah itself. It's tough being in a place/space/surrounded by materialistic goals which of course the neshamah knows is false- for whatever set of reasons- maybe some not even genuine- many of us are not living in Eretz Yisrael. This is extremely painful for the soul. It comes out in different ways- maybe over spending, over eating, etc. So...when I listen to this music I am far away from Judgementalism (which is false by its nature-noone really knows who someone is) and perhaps emotional/mental pain. It is soothing, loving, and calling me back to my source which I have ignored due to my circumstances. Please daven for me that I should be zoche along with my family to live in Eretz Yisrael. Shulamis Kraindel Bas Sarah Esther. Tizku l' mitzvos and Please get this CD because it is truth. . . .
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Sarah

WOW!!!!
It really touches the soul. Cuts through the falseness of this world, Goes straight to the core- I think the Neshamah itself. It's tough being in a place/space/surrounded by materialistic goals which of course the neshamah knows is false- for whatever set of reasons- maybe some not even genuine- many of us are not living in Eretz Yisrael. This is extremely painful for the soul. It comes out in different ways- maybe over spending, over eating, etc. So...when I listen to this music I am far away from Judgementalism (which is false by its nature-noone really knows who someone is) and perhaps emotional/mental pain. It is soothing, loving, and calling me back to my source which I have ignored due to my circumstances. Please daven for me that I should be zoche along with my family to live in Eretz Yisrael. Shulamis Kraindel Bas Sarah Esther. Tizku l' mitzvos and Please get this CD because it is truth. . . .
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Shira Taylor Gura, Therapist, Yoga Instructor, Teacher

Devora Gila is inspirational and her music is addicting
Quite simply, this is one of the most powerful pieces of music I have listened to in quite some time. Devora Gila has a way of bringing to you her G-dly spirit. Listening to her music, you want to dance, and sing, and play each song over a thousand times. The music is wonderful to bring spirit into the house, women's groups, and Hebrew music classes across the world.
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