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The Time Is Coming

by Shoshana Averbach

Songs that heal, inspire, nurture, empower, and open the heart and soul to one's inner voice and the Creator.
Genre: Spiritual: Judaica
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1. Souls In Heaven
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2. Love, Live, Forgive
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3. Unfinished Business
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4. Chayim P'shutim (Simple Pleasures)
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5. HaShem, I Need You!
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6. Donna's Theme
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7. HaShem Loves His Children
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8. Sh'ma et T'filati/Listen to Me!
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9. Perek Shirati (My Unique Song)
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10. Jewish Greensleeves
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11. I Sure Do 'Preciate You!
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12. Existential Questions
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13. The Beauty of Fear
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14. The Time Is Coming
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I invite you to share and experience a musical journey. The diverse themes and styles touch upon perspective on life, one's spiritual connection, pondering one's purpose and direction, and dealing with often-confusing emotions such as fear and forgiveness through a spiritual lens.

I started writing songs many years ago as a form of self-expression. By profession, I am a music therapist and social worker. I also practice energy and spiritual healing. My intention in producing this album included touching people in a special way, giving voice to one's inner voice, and catalyzing new perspectives, i.e., the spiritual lens, about life's challenges. By changing one's perspective and altering the question or issue, one can experience growth and transformation. The Talmud states that "words from the heart go to the heart." The same holds true when the source of the intent was to touch souls.

Most of the songs were written in response to an event or to express a need or feeling. For example, "Souls in Heaven" tells about old family pictures on my credenza. I look at them and feel comfort, guidance, and protection. The inspiration for "Chayim Pshutim/Simple Pleasures" came from looking at the ocean and feeling grateful just to experience the wind blowing through my hair, the scent of the ocean, and looking at the waves. "Perek Shirati/My Unique Song" was based on a Hebrew prayer which assigns a unique song with which to praise the Creator to natural phenomena like lightning and many types of creatures. I, too, have my unique song, and it is yearning for connection to sing a duet. "The Time is Coming" was inspired while listening to another band perform a song about the importance of integrity. In the time of the Messiah, the world will be polarized, and people will be forced to choose who they are and what they stand for. "Unfinished Business" tells about the importance of cleaning up one's act, changing wounds into gifts, and moving on in life.

I look forward to your feedback!


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Rabbi Eli Mallon

This is a “listening” CD--not for background music
http://rabbielimallon.wordpress.com/2012/01/24/1-2-12-the-time-is-coming-cd-review/

1.24.12 “The Time is Coming” (CD review)

01/24/2012 in Written Words | by rabbielimallon

THE TIME IS COMING
© 2011 by Shoshana Averbach

As the liner notes for her new CD, “The Time is Coming,” tell us, “Shoshana Averbach, LMSW, MA, MT-BC, LCAT, has worked as a social worker and music therapist with geriatrics for many years. She also practices energy and spiritual healing.”

And, in the interests of full disclosure, she and I were students together at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, receiving our MSW’s in 2007.

She has composed, arranged and sung all the songs (lyrics and music) on this CD, as well as accompanying herself on guitar, keyboard, electric piano and flute. She uses her trained voice and impressive range to great effect. On several songs, she even sings her own harmonies. The first impression, then, is of a very talented, skilled performer, with ideas bubbling over in her mind.

Her melodies are very varied in tempo, range and emotional tone.

She writes and sings in widely diverse styles — calypso, C&W (Country & Western), acoustic urban folk style reminiscent of early Baez recordings, and so on.

The themes of the songs include a wide variety of emotions, all expressed positively. As an artist, I think she’s sometimes experimenting with how to use an “auto-biographical,” personal kind of song-format to express, at the same time, something very spiritual.

Yet, through all this, she is clearly identifying herself as a “Jewish” artist — one whose inspiration comes partly from wrestling with what that identity means to and requires of her.

She’s finding her own way in this, just as Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, Debbie Friedman, Basya Schechter and others have found their own ways — each one unique. The Jewish musical artist of today has a mind-boggling ”menu” from which to choose: Hazzanut, Arabic classical and popular music, international folk music (including Irish, Caribbean and American), etc. There’s absolutely no limit. Every artist makes choices, knowingly or unknowingly, in order to say what they want to say.

This is a “listening” CD. One could conceivably dance to some of the songs; Shoshana might even have used some of the stronger rhythms in her work with children and seniors. But I think she intends for us mostly to enjoy listening to the music and paying attention to the words (a booklet with the lyric is included with the CD).

On the other hand, I could certainly see some of these songs used in group singing with children in a Jewish Day School or after-school Hebrew program — especially “HaShem, I Need You” (the aforementioned calypso-like number) and “I Sure Do ‘Preciate You.” I could also see some of these songs being sung by choruses, even non-professional choral groups in synagogues and community centers.

“Existential Questions” is an almost Breslav-like hitbodedut: A private conversa-tion in which we pour our hearts out to G-d. Aside from what this song tells us about Shoshana’s feelings (and, perhaps, our own), it can be a model for that personal “chat” with G-d that Rebbe Nachman taught.

“Unfinished Business” similarly expresses that there are things that she — and we — can grow spiritually through grappling with. Much Jewish teaching has permeated her own thinking, and comes through in her songs. But a psychotherapeutic viewpoint comes through, too. We all have “unfinished business” that continues to affect us throughout our lives, until we learn to deal with it productively.

A couple of the songs, “Chayim P’shutim” and “Perek Shirati” are all in Hebrew. The other songs are all in English, with a light sprinkling of Hebrew words. This has educational value, too.

Shoshana’s new CD has much to offer in listening pleasure and thought-provoking ideas.
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The Time is Coming

Highly Recommended
Beautiful harmonies, uplifting spritual themes, I derive strength from listening and highly recommend it.
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Phillip B.

a most unusual artist with unusual songs of inspiration
I am a retired civilian, police, and military public relations officer and voice artist.
This CD was sent to me via email by two recipients who thought it beautiful and the artist
inspiring. The sides are often soothing, the music soul-searching, even if not understanding the words to the several Hebrew songs within. My friends were correct in all respects. This is a most unusual artist with unusual
songs of inspiration.
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