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A song from the High Holy Days
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Please bestow Your fear upon us. Let us be overcome with awe. Let all creatures feel dread.
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Uploaded: Dec 09, 2005 - 10:02:28 AM
Last Updated: Dec 09, 2005 - 09:47:14 AM Last Played: Oct 01, 2019 - 07:48:30 AM
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caroline said 5062 days ago (December 9th, 2005)
Dear Lord...
wow! next yom tovim it's straight over to your shul. this is amazing - i'm
sending a copy to my mother and my brother - thank you xxx ps -
believe me when i tell you that this isn't the appropriate place for the next
joke either ;-)
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Cantor said 5062 days ago (December 9th, 2005)
Dear Lord...
you're killing me! when am i ever going to hear this joke of yours!! i'll have to
post a goof or something in order to get it!
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chikoppi said 5062 days ago (December 9th, 2005)
Wow. This is lush! Great vocals in both the lead and backing. That
reverb just seems to fill my room with insence and light filtering
through stained glass. I'm not familiar with Jewish liturgicals, but am I
wrong in assuming some of the backing vocals have a modern take?
Some of the phrases in the middle feel very contemporary.
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Cantor said 5062 days ago (December 9th, 2005)
it's actually pretty traditional. it's after the "chor shul" style, meaning having a
small choir supporting the soloist with chords and the occasional accentuation.
thanks for listening!
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DeputyDoofy said 5062 days ago (December 9th, 2005)
Well... it IS Friday night right now....
...and I have not been to services in about 1,000,000 years (or so it seems). This takes me back. Rambling over. This is done extremely well.
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NIN4NIN said 5062 days ago (December 10th, 2005)
Nice chorus effect (not the choir)
Dude, you seem to love the chorus effect. Not that there's anything wrong with it. I'm having flashbacks of when my teacher would play Chicago in the 4th grade.

Nice m'shor'rim. Only now you have to pre-record it so they'll back you up in concert. haha.
The Composer said 5061 days ago (December 10th, 2005)
Fantastic singing
Thats a fantastic sound in your vocals there... I especially love the
deep, bass tones and hchckkkk sounds.

The only thing that bugs me in this piece is the autopan you are using
for the chorus. The images I get are of a male choir in a church (or
what the jewish equiliant is) with one soloist standing out infront... and
the choir in the back ground running back and forth across the stage.

I would've preferred it if you had tried to set it up like it really would
have been performed and done your best to make it as authentic as
possible. Used a separate track for each part of the choir, panned
across the stereo space (not hard left, hard right though)... and gave
them more reverb than the soloist.

I reckon that without the effects, you could have easily made this
almost indistiguishable from the real thing. Which would've been really

Anyway, fantastic song, fantastic singing. Well done!
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Tom Atwood said 5061 days ago (December 10th, 2005)
Fantastic singing
Wonderful work, Erik. This is a lovely piece, full of awe and reverence. I
disagree with The Composer about your placement of the vocals, the panning
and chorus effects. I found them very interesting. I also think in a piece like
this, where one voice, yours, is the chorus, there is no need to try to make it
sound "real." It is all you, and it is excellent.

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Cantor said 5061 days ago (December 10th, 2005)
Fantastic singing
I'm back and forth about the background vocals. I might post a remix with more
of the background vocals in the foreground just for a contrast. won't sound
much different, but just different enough.
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Mystified said 5060 days ago (December 11th, 2005)
Beautiful singing
Solemn and reverent.
This is something I would not hear at this season (figures, as I just
completed a Christmas CD!), but I am so glad you posted this here.
It's wonderful to hear sacred/holy music and you sing it with such feeling
and love for the words, the sounds, the sentiment.

Thank you for this!
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digitalnirvana9 said 5059 days ago (December 12th, 2005)
Powerful Vocals
You did an excellent job on this Erik...Wish you would give a tutorial on
how you achieve such a wonderful, expansive sound. If I knew your
secret I might even be encouraged to give it a try myself...You really
deliver the power of the words you are singing...especially in the bass
notes you hit so beautifully....A definate download for me and I'm not
even Jewish! Thanks, digitalnirvana9/Norman
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Cantor said 5059 days ago (December 13th, 2005)
Powerful Vocals
thanks! dunno if i could give a tuturioal. i take voice lessons twice a week. unlike
the rest of the music i've posted here, this is the stuff i sing professionally. i'm
glad you responded favorably to the sound.

if you're more interested in the style and not the voice, i do give a workshop
every summer on the subject. go to: http://
for information!
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futzpucker said 5056 days ago (December 15th, 2005)
Beautiful and deep

I found your singing quite moving, and it stirred things inside I don't
really understand, nor care to - better to just let it affect me. It's part of
The Mystery, and can't be understood anyway, so I willingly go on the
journey it provides me with.

As the music director of a church, I bow to the wonderful, inspiring music
you've created here. Thank you for posting this beautiful music.
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daphna said 5050 days ago (December 21st, 2005)
wonderful, rich
singing Cantor. This is beautiful. It just makes me wish I could go to your
shul and hear you live. Wow.
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big bang pete said 5032 days ago (January 8th, 2006)
Realy great singing and good choice.
Peter Greenstone said 4778 days ago (September 19th, 2006)
Mazel tov on getting this on NPR. I had missed this one from
youbefore I saw your forum post about it today.

Really magnificent singing and arrangement. So powerful. Awe and
Dread do come to mind but in the best sort of way.

My only criticism is the thumping that occurs in the lead vocals from
some blowing into the mic. I think you can clear that up by EQ'ing out
most of the 20-50Hz range. I've found that that range is where all
pops and thumps reside but even really deep vocals are safely above,
so you can do some EQ'ing down there without hurting the good sound
of your vocals.

Other than that, this sounds perfect to me. Happy New Year!
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Magritte said 4778 days ago (September 19th, 2006)
L'shanah tovah!
Like Peter, I missed this song earlier. I'm so excited for your broadcast! It's absolutely gorgeous. I always enjoy it here in your MacShul.
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EEFliess said 4146 days ago (June 12th, 2008)
this is phenomenal, Erik
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Cantor said 4106 days ago (July 22nd, 2008)
Glad to hear there's still some buzz about this song. Much obliged!
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A cappella music is vocal music or singing without instrumental accompaniment, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. A cappella is Italian for from the chapel (music); the term is due to restrictions on the use of instruments in medieval c

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