Beth Schafer | Love Your Neighbor

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Love Your Neighbor

by Beth Schafer

Gorgeous vocals, soul-stirring messages and first class musicianship make this a must-have CD about peace, brotherhood, and getting along in a not-so-perfect world.
Genre: Folk: Power-folk
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1. Working for Shalom
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2. Or Chadash
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3. Lo V'Chayil
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4. Call of Courage
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5. The Word
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6. Kol Yisrael
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7. Heroes Like You
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8. Love Your Neighbor
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9. Southern Skies
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10. Benediction
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Beth Schafer's easygoing voice is a window into her passion for music, faith in God, and love of Judaism. In concert, she takes listeners on an emotional, spiritual journey, revisiting and exploring the "God moments" that all of us have felt. In her singing and songwriting, she bears her soul.

What set's apart "Love Your Neighbor" from her other CDs and those of her contemporaries is its universal appeal. Even though it pulls all of its sources from the texts which define Judaism, they are also pieces that reach across religious boundaries and help define other religions as well. Most religions encourage followers to love their neighbors.

The other quality that sets this recording apart is its mixture of strong melodies backed by lush, thick harmonies. Beth's influences of acoustic greats like Paul Simon and James Taylor, as well as the sweet vocals of Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac and the contemporary writing of Suzanne Vega and Shawn Colvin make this recording a great listen as well as a message-driven work by this up-and-coming composer.


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John S Levinson

Love Your Neighbor
love it! gave this as a gift to a friend and just had to have a copy. my 2 year old also loves it.
thanks beth for your wonderful music!

Yaffa Rubin

a religious experience that will leave you feeling good all over
For anyone looking for a religious experience that will leave you feeling good all over, Beth Schafer's Love Your Neighbor combines sensitive lyrics, traditional Jewish prayers, hot lead guitar and a warm, inviting alto. This winning combination features moistly English lyrics with small bits of familiar Hebrew prayers that will draw people of all faiths closer to God. The song called The Word will bring you back to the bright whisper of creation and is my personal favorite. A beautiful fulfillment of the promise of Beth Schafer's previous three offerings.

Jo Stamler Thompson

Another Giant Leap!
Another "giant leap" in Jewish music. This CD is sure to be one of your favorites. It will touch your heart and spirit like a wonderful visit with a dear friend. I could listen to these songs over and over again and not tire of them...oh wait...I have! ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL Beth!

CANTOR KEVIN WARTELL

LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR ARTISTICALLY SUPERB
With this latest recording, Beth has positioned herself as one of the leading performers of Contemporary Jewish Music in America.

Kathy A. Gohr

Beth's new CD is a must have for all seeking music with a universal message
Beth has really come through with her new recording, Love Your neigbor. Her music not only has a message relevant to all seeking world unity and peace, but her musical style is incredibly easy to listen to as well. As an incredible guitarist, her talent really shines through in her arrangements, as well as her clear vocals and luscious harmonies. A very well produced recording that will leave you wanting to hear more of her music!!

Larry Broome


Its not often that an artist comes along who can express themselves the way Beth can. If you have ever listened to a perfect song and said to yourself "boy I wish I wrote that". Well "Love Your Neighbor" is chock full of those type of songs. Starting with "Working for Shalom" and continuing on......my personal favorite is "Heroes Like You" which makes me tear up every time I hear it. That has been about a hundred times now!
Buy this CD, you will cherish it for a very long time!

Judy Caplan Ginsburgh

Run, don't walk to get this CD!
I cannot say enough good things about this CD. I LOVED IT!! Beth Schafer just keeps getting better and better. It is rare that I find a CD where every single song is one I want to listen to over and over again, but this is one of them.

The songs are timely and well written with music and lyrics complimenting one another. As the title suggests, most of the songs deal with Loving Your Neighbor and working to make the world a better place where all people can live in peace. "Working For Shalom" has a great chorus which Beth sings with children. "Heroes Like You" combines three events: the story of building an ark to carry the tablets of the covenant, a young boy in a concentration camp saving a Torah, and that Torah being brought into space by Israel's first astronaut, Ilan Ramon. "Benediction" has a real gospel sound that really makes you want to sing along. One of my favorites was "Lo V'chayil" which was co-written by Cantor Rachelle Nelson.

Not only are the songs great, but Beth's voice and instrument playing (she plays guitar, mandolin, and piano) are awesome. I could listen to her all day long. Run, don't walk to get this CD. Beth has created yet another album of music to be savored and enjoyed.