I’ll add the most recent recordings to the top as I get them.
Enjoy! As I stated, we are gearing up to make a studio-quality recording asap… til then, “Shema!”
10/12/19 Was a great day for music, AGAIN. The one original we did was Sha’ul’s, [Tim’s] “I will sing to The LORD”, the song of Moshe at the sea. It too is a song of war, in which we declare “Yah is a MAN of WAR,” and “He has become my Yeshua!” The congregation always gets stirred to the ready, because we LOVE the melody. Bat Tzion truly does have amazing musical depth.
Our songs this week: “Aromim’kha” by Tamarah… an ‘authentic’ Hebrew flavor and song of exultation! I LOVE singing lead on it. My rendition of Avinu Sh’bashamayim, with Tim’s ‘sleepy’ introduction! We also did “Kineti”, “I am Jealous over Zion”, which ALWAYS fires up the congregation; I get to sing lead because of the tricky Hebrew. But, nowadays, EVERY time I sing that song, I think of “Yosi,” our guide in Yisra’el. We were in Yerushalayim one evening when the call for muslim prayer went out. Not to hear it, I began singing the Shema. We got on the bus singing, and then Shelly requested we sing Kineti as we got on our way. It starts in English, and then goes to the brief chorus in Hebrew….and then, I do a ‘solo’ in Hebrew from Zekhar-Yah 8, and Yosi turns and stares at me with a look of ‘awe’, ‘confusion,’ ‘wonder’ on his face; I realize that he is a JEW, an Israeli, and the FIRST person I’ve ever sung this before who actually understands the words! It was after this that he really ‘took’ to us… it took a few days for him to adjust to the fact that we were not traditional christians he was used to serving, but something ‘other’ than that; and this song helped him to ‘see’ that. Here are the source of the lyrics we sing:
1And the D’var יהוה Tzeva’ot came, saying, 2“Thus says יהוה Tzeva’ot, ‘I am jealous for Tzion with great jealousy, and I am jealous for her with great fury’. 3Thus says יהוה , ‘I return unto Tzion, and will dwell in the midst of Yerushalayim; and we shall call Yerushalayim ‘Ir HaEmet’; and ‘Har יהוה Tzeva’ot’, ‘Har HaKodesh’. 4Thus says יהוה Tzeva’ot, ‘There shall yet old men and old women sit in the broad places of Yerushalayim, every man with his staff in his hand for very age. 5And the broad places of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the broad places thereof’. 6Thus says יהוה Tzeva’ot, ‘If it is marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in those days, should it also be marvellous in My eyes, says יהוה Tzeva’ot.'”
Three original songs in yesterday’s music [09/21]. Tamarah’s “To Be Like You”, which always brings my heart to tears when the children sing the last chorus for us. “Lamah”, which is a ‘war hymn’ that I wrote, and seems to invigorate people to go about declaring truth. And “Shiru La יהוה “, Tamarah’s rendition of Ps 96, for which I also wrote a melody, but this one is probably a little more contemplative. Enjoy!
This week we sang two of Tamarah’s compositions: Ma Yakar [first one] Barkhi Nafshi [09:50]
I LOVE singing Barkhi Nafshi! BLESS יהוה O MY SOUL!!! I love singing it for many reasons: the WORDS, the ‘crying out’ and compelling ‘self’ to BLESS HIM…
But also, the melody: it’s got a Celtic feel… but the harmonies! I did not ‘learn’ to harmonize, I couldn’t ‘hear’ it, until Melly and I met, and we sang together publicly for the first time at her niece’s wedding: then, it just clicked. For the first time, I was happy that my voice was a tenor…. This song epitomizes that for me. And gives me a chance to pour out gratitude to Abba vocally…
I LOVE it, Tamarah Yard
If you can access this and play it, I just wanted folks to hear our musicians on two of the songs I wrote. They are at min 00:03:43 and 00:20:50 …. At 3:43 is “Tehillah 24”; I wrote the melody for the first six verses; the seventh verse starts ‘Se’u She’arim’, which I did not write [if you know who did, tell me; I can’t find the original]. But, I wrote mine to go with it, for Yom Teru’ah/Rosh HaShannah. It is about the KING coming into the city. Ps 24…
The next one of mine is Hallelu Et Shem. This one ‘came’ to me while reading the Tehillim one Shabbat morning during prayer hour. I read first Ps 135, then 115, and felt the rhythm of the words, then heard a melody. Within a week I had it written; then, Lisa said, ‘It’s too short!’ And the next time I read the prayers, in 118 I saw another set of phrases that matched the pattern, and added a verse and another chorus… Thanks again, Lisa!
Here is another Shabbat:
at 4:20, “Make Haste”, I originally wrote some 25 years ago in the key of C. Lisa suggested I rewrite it and add the Hebrew, so I moved it to Am and added the Hebrew. I quite like it, Lisa!
at 23:25 in the bottom music player is “The 13 Attributes” by Tamarah Yard, from Shemot [Exodus] 34:6-7. This passage is critical in understanding God. He has ALWAYS been FULL of MERCY and GRACE, COMPASSION, and TRUTH. It was NOT new when Messiah showed up, which is what Sheker HaMashiakh teaches [the falsely anointed]. Yeshua is a MANIFESTATION of these attributes, and His life demonstrates it. The song stops at the end of the attributes, but JUST LIKE Yesha-Yahu 61:1-2, which Yeshua read in His hometown Synagogue, the compassion of Elohim is extended to EVERYONE, but ONLY the REPENTANT actually take it to themselves. He will PUNISH the wicked, those who reject His Compassion. The 13 attributes stop just before He says that He “will by no means pardon the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and unto the fourth generation”; and Yeshua’s verse stopped just before He could have read, ‘and the day of the Vengeance of our God!’ Both of these are a dual picture of the two ministries of Messiah. Tamarah put the 13 attributes to a beautiful melody, and it is a very worshipful tribute to our God and His Messiah!
Hopefully we’ll be recording soon!