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  1. This video took me on a little musical journey today, firstly because it reminded me how much I have loved Shlomo's music going on 40 years now. I was introduced to him by a college friend in the late 60s. I still consider his album, "Live At The Village Gate, to be his finest, before all the co-opting and orchestration. To abbreviate what could be a long story, I clicked on the link for Mikdash Melekh and was taken somewhere else on iTunes, so I did a little exploring around on Amazon while listening to some of my favorite pieces.

    Amazon showed that the most popular mp3 download by far was "Esso Einai," which is a fine piece of music, the words taken from Tehilim. My favorites though, go in a different direction completely. Mimcomcha, Shifchi, and one which he only recorded twice on three albums, V'zocher my favorite, and others as well, of course. When I first heard Pischu li from the Village Gate album, I immediately realized I had written an almost identical song from the same passage, only mine was in ⁴⁄₄ time as compared to his ¾ time signature. That brought back more memories. I had decided at that time the passages, in some way, must indicate their own music.

    Well I have spent most of the day kvelling and now it is time to get to important matters such as chess. "Who am I?" That is not easy to define any more than "what am I?" "What am I in the process of becoming?" Now there is the real question.

    Comment by Gil Gilman — October 28, 2013 @ 8:47 PM

  2. "Shlomo Carlebach is considered to be the foremost Jewish religious songwriter of our time." what complete nonsense.

    Comment by Rabbi YY Rubinstein — October 28, 2013 @ 10:49 PM

  3. Well, the Broadway show was cancelled two weeks ago…
    http://www.broadway.com/buzz/172252/the-doctor-is-out-shlomo-carlebach-bio-musical-soul-doctor-sets-broadway-closing-date/

    Comment by Handoneh Bizamat — October 28, 2013 @ 11:10 PM

  4. Benzion Shenker might be the foremost (but unknown) song writer. I used to think the nigunim I discovered he composed were hundreds of years old. But whodya think is the "foremost" composer ? Lou Reed? Bob Dylan?

    Comment by Bernard Smith — October 29, 2013 @ 8:03 PM

  5. Ahh…You're Litvish, small-minded resentment is showing! And most of Bentzion Shenker's music were Moditzcher niggunim.

    Comment by Moshe Pesach Geller — November 24, 2013 @ 8:11 PM

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