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Shema


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Magritte

 Genre: Classical

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This is a short treatment of a well-known melody for the "Shema Yisrael," one of the best known Jewish prayers. It is sung or recited aloud on Yom Kippur. While I am not religious, I've always found this tune (written in the 18th century) incredibly beautiful.

Many thanks go to Cantor, for providing important context, and to alley-oop for encouraging me to record my singing.
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Lyrics
(transcribed from the Hebrew):

Shema Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Echad.

translation: Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.
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Plays: 1896
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Uploaded: Oct 12, 2005 - 09:22:42 AM
Last Updated: Oct 07, 2011 - 05:29:42 AM Last Played: Oct 28, 2017 - 06:39:48 AM
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Hardware:
iMac G5, OS 10.3.8, M-Audio Keystation 49e, Snowball mic
Software:
Garageband 2.0.2
Comments
thetiler said 4445 days ago (October 12th, 2005)
always enjoy your stuff.
Love that oboe, of course the harps are fun to hear as the rest of the
stuff.

Are you singing this, wow nice voice as well!

This is really nice. Would nice to hear something like this only a little
longer.

Nice going though indeed!
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caroline said 4445 days ago (October 12th, 2005)
this worked for me....
and bearstein! your proununciation of 'yisrael' would work perfectly in england - just goes to show! a special treat today - reminded me to feel guilty!! thank you - you sound lovely and so does your music x
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Audiologic said 4445 days ago (October 12th, 2005)
Nice Voice
and the Cello?. It ads a very full spectrum of sound.

Ben
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Reinholt56 said 4445 days ago (October 12th, 2005)
Very enjoyable..
I enjoyed the piece very much.

R.
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Peter Greenstone said 4445 days ago (October 12th, 2005)
Beautiful
You did a wonderful arrangement on this. Absolutely beautiful. Oh, and
thanks for reminding me that I need to call my parents tonight.
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drakonis said 4445 days ago (October 12th, 2005)
Love, life and music...
All far too short! I love this, your choice of instrumentation, the clean
production, the sweet voice. Another fave. The only critique I can
think of is the double-double bass sounded (unnaturally) an octave too
low... it rattled my fillings, and I'd have preferred it 1 I think, but
that's just me.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Magritte said 4445 days ago (October 12th, 2005)
Love, life and music...
Well, there are two reasons for the bass. One is that I wanted to introduce a somewhat ominous feel to those parts of the song, and the other is that I am of the "too much is not enough" school when it comes to bass. :-) Seriously, I'm sorry your fillings were rattled, but I thank you for the listen and the very nice comments.
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Mystified said 4445 days ago (October 12th, 2005)
Beautiful
You have a lovely voice! I'm so glad you posted this.
Very well done! :)


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Magritte said 4445 days ago (October 12th, 2005)
Beautiful
Thank you (and everyone else! yes, I'm one of those people who feels like a dork responding to every comment...) for your very nice words on the piece. It's a relief not to have my vocal debut booed off MacJams. :-)

Oh, and Mystified, I have Myst V sitting right here waiting to be opened. (My best friend in San Francisco and I play "together" over the phone, since we played Riven together when I lived there and since then we haven't been able to play a Myst game without each other!)
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said 4445 days ago (October 12th, 2005)
By your voice....
to God's ear, a magnificent prayer beautifully delivered. Magritte, this
is, as they say, short and sweet, but not insignificant. Though you are
not coming from a religious place, this nonetheless is respectfully
and so tastefully done. Your artistry shines here. Kudos.

Jack
said 4445 days ago (October 12th, 2005)
By your voice....
...by the way, I meant to ask, what is the song art photo of?

Jack

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Making melody with your heart...
alley-oop said 4444 days ago (October 13th, 2005)
Told you, told you, told you
Magriite, You have such a wonderful voice! You must sing ever song now! Very sweet tone, great vibrato. Very clean and clear recording. Musical accompanyment is excellent. I'm happy you busted out. My, your garden is blooming.
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rtcooper said 4444 days ago (October 13th, 2005)
Gripped and Held Fast
The Gods might listen more closely if all Prayer were thus.

I find the vocal quality imploringly human; warm, fragile and full of
message.

Thank you for presenting this piece.


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obbster said 4444 days ago (October 13th, 2005)
Stunning
This sounds fantastic. Powerful melody and superb singing.
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Ed Hannifin said 4444 days ago (October 13th, 2005)
This is beautiful...
It's a perfect prayer, and the arrangement here is striking. It's short, and I
originally wanted it to be more, but now I'm not so sure... the Shema says
what it says, and is enough...

Not being Jewish, but living in a "blended household" as people like to
say, this is one of the prayers/phrases that has stuck out for me over the
years as expressing a truth deeper than just the words...

It's very moving, and I thank you for posting it.

Ed
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Bonka said 4443 days ago (October 14th, 2005)
nice job
I really enjoyed this.
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MidiOrleans said 4442 days ago (October 15th, 2005)
Delightful
Delightful!
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macgalver said 4313 days ago (February 21st, 2006)
dreamlike
These sounds envelop me. I adore this music you are making.
Beautiful, beautiful stuff. Lucky me. xxxoo, kelli
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mythago said 4220 days ago (May 25th, 2006)
Wow!
This is incredibly beautiful, and I loive your voice! I didn't want it to end!!

Love, Jen
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tsand19151 said 4151 days ago (August 2nd, 2006)
Beautiful....
Haunting yet peaceful. Way too short. This could have gone on for hours. Excellent mix and recording as well......
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Roxylee said 4096 days ago (September 26th, 2006)
Gorgeous
Everything. :-) Faved and downloaded.
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Doadars Uncle said 4070 days ago (October 22nd, 2006)
Deep
Very immersing. Your voice is wonderful! Great arrangement and
presentation!
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stevewhit said 4064 days ago (October 28th, 2006)
very nice -thanks!
I love the feeling & emotion you achieve in this

Thanks

Steve
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said 3960 days ago (February 9th, 2007)
ThankYou so much . . . . : )
This is absolutely GORDEOUS. . . It IS a PRAISE To GOD in my ears: ) . . : ) : ) : ) Much too short:( :( it's like the prologue of a REALLY GREAT BOOK ...
ThankYou so much!!!! please donšt apologiZe, this is GREAT WORK I LOVE IT ; )
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PEACE
1rwhite1 said 3838 days ago (June 11th, 2007)
Short but Incredible
I agree with what Zoi wrote: There's no need to apologize for anything. I only wish that this could have been longer. You're doing some really amazing things on that little Keystation 49e. The harp is what stood out to me the most. I have a close friend who's into everything Judaeo-Christianity. He would absolutely love this piece. If it's okay, I will send him the link to this song.
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said 3503 days ago (May 11th, 2008)
Great!
Thanks for this masterpiece. Cool vocals and a musical gem!

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