Beth Hamon | City of Love

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City of Love

by Beth Hamon

Beth's refreshingly lo-fi sound combines liturgical Hebrew and original English texts with a contemporary folk-grass-roots feel. NOT your typical synagogue worship music.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. City Of Love/Ahavat Olam
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2. Rom'mu
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3. Yih'yu L'Ratzon
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4. Mi Chamocha
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5. Hashkiveynu
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6. Lamps Of Peace
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7. Maoz Tzur
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8. Adon Olam
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9. Hard Times Come Again No More
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10. May God Bless
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Sept 2012 Update! The title song from this album, "City of Love/Ahavat Olam", has just been selected as a finalist to be performed at the 5th Shalshelet Festival for New Jewish Music, being held in February 2013 in Miami.
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The daughter of nightclub musicians, Beth Hamon is a bicycle riding, autodidactic singer-songwriter whose original material straddles the fuzzy line between Jewish and secular themes of social justice and peace. She serves as a youth and family songleader and religious school instructor at Congregation Beth Israel in Portland, Oregon and is also a music-leader at Havurah Shalom in Portland.

When not teaching, performing or writing songs, Beth can be found plying her other trade as a bicycle mechanic. She is also a visual artist whose folk-art Judaica (made from recycled bicycle components) is in the permanent collection of the Yeshiva University Museum in New York.

Beth serves Jewish congregations and camps as an artist-in-residence; is a repeat performer at the Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle; and performs regularly in coffeehouses and pubs in the Portland/Vancouver area. Her music enjoys airplay on multiple online and radio sources including Butterflies Radio.com and WISA's Kol Isha program which showcases Jewish music by women artists. Beth holds a B. A. from Portland State University and has over twenty-five years of teaching experience in the fields of high school instrumental music, Judaic Studies and Hebrew. She is a member of the Women Cantors' Network and the Guild of Temple Musicians. Beth has released the self-produced CD, City of Love and is at work on a second CD of original Jewish folk/roots music.

"There's nothing else like it! It's bright acoustic pop and folk, performed with hearty, honest joy."
--Tom Petersen, Victory Review Magazine

“Very melodic!  Beth Hamon takes a fresh, hip approach to contemporary Jewish music.”
--Cantor Wally Schachet-Briskin

"...with melodies that make you want to sing."
--Sari Peterson, CD Baby


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Lisa Baydush


I LOVE Beth's music! Her melodies are wonderful, her guitar-playing is exciting and fresh, and her lyrics are beautiful! My favorites on this cd are "Mi Chamocha" and "Lamps of Peace." I've listened to Beth's cd nearly every day... it's a must-buy!

Malcolm G Hamon

Sounds wonderful
The sound of this CD was fantastic. I could listen to it for a long time.

Shandra Bauer

Awesome!
This is a great cd. Beth really makes some of the traditional Hebrew prayers her own, and yet they sound comfortable in the synagogue service, too - as if they've always been there, just waiting to be heard. Extremely enjoyable!

Diane Parker

Very spiritual and relaxing.
I was so taken by Beth's fresh voice and the sound of her guitar that I bought the CD for myself and another for my mother for Mother's Day. We both love it! Beth's rendition of the Hashkiveynu is almost haunting. Definitely a must buy.

Barbara Seidman

A very pleasant surprise!
I'm enjoying this CD very much...the guitar playing is wonderful. Very singable melodies to prayers we know well and several inspiring original pieces. I great find!

Fran Schwartz

Lively, upbeat, soul restoring
Very rhythmic, great to sing along with and harmonize. Beth's guitar playing is outstanding. Her original melodies are beautifully married to the Hebrew words. This is a CD to enjoy over and over again.

Sari Peterson

Great music, timely and timeless lyrics that will appeal to all!
Beth's songs transcend religious boundaries offering something for both Jewish and non-Jewish listeners. Her lyrics are moving and thought provoking. With melodies that make you want to sing, the music ranges from traditional to contemporary and is always engaging. Bound to be a CD that gets worn out from being played over and over!

D. Guillaume


I enjoyed the guitar playing immensely, but was disappointed in the quality of the recording of the vocals. There are a couple of songs which I would want to learn to play and sing, which is a measure of the success of any cd. I look forward to hearing more.