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Openings

by Larry Bach

Spiritually grounded lyrics find a beat and come to life.
Genre: Spiritual: Jewish Folk
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1. Wonder and Light
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2. Now I Lay Me Down
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3. Modeh Ani/Elohai
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4. Sh'ma
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5. Tefilah
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6. Healing Song
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7. Shadow
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8. American Psalm
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9. Joy and Pain
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10. Lily, Pearl, And Moon
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11. Marketplace / Nafshi Cholat
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Openings is an album about opening up. It comes into the world as I approach my forty-fifth birthday, and five years after I released my debut album, Kivvunim. Shortly after completing Kivvunim, I entered the Rabbinical Leadership Program of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality. Since then I have become first a practitioner, and then a teacher, of Jewish Mindfulness. This album chronicles my spiritual journey over the last five years.

One important feature of Openings is a collection of five songs (tracks 1, 2, 9, 10, 11) based on the poetry of Rumi, as read by American poet and translator Coleman Barks. Rumi, a Sufi mystic, wrote thousands of lines reflecting on the opening of one’s heart to God, to Life, and to Love. Barks, inspired by Rumi but working in a more contemporary idiom, has done more than anyone to popularize Rumi’s work for today’s audience. I was in turn inspired by Barks’s work, and crafted songs based on it. Along with the Rumi settings, this album features some songs that explore liturgical and biblical themes, including a few by songwriters I admire.

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