Sheila Firestone | Ancient Blue Threads (feat. Selah Gitlin & Dr. Keith Paulson-Thorp)

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Ancient Blue Threads (feat. Selah Gitlin & Dr. Keith Paulson-Thorp)

by Sheila Firestone

Sewing our souls together.
Genre: Spiritual: Judaica
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1. Bim Bim (Shabbat Shalom) [feat. Cantor David Presler]
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1:43 $0.99
2. Mi Chamocha (Traditional Prayer) [feat. Cantor David Presler]
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1:21 $0.99
3. You Shall Love the Eternal God (V'ahavtah)
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4. Bruchim Habaim (Welcoming Peace)
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5. Praise the Lord (Psalm 117)
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6. Let's Build a Sukkah
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7. Let There Be Light (Chanukah Song)
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8. Oh God How Will I Know You?
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9. Prelude to a Dream
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10. Mazel Tov (Wedding Song) [feat. Cantor David Presler]
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11. Farloren (Yom Ha Shoah)
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12. Shechinah
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13. Tallit of Sisterhood
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14. Refuah Shelayma (Healing Song)
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15. Dancing in the Light of God (feat. Cantor David Presler)
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16. Adon Olam (Traditional Prayer) [feat. Cantor David Presler]
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
These song are inspirational. Many of the songs are for Shabbat, or holidays such as Sukkot and Chanukah. There are settings of both traditional and original prayers with music by Sheila Firestone. The "Tallit of Sisterhood and Shechina are particularly appropriate for Temple Sisterhoods. Farloren was inspired by the Precious Legacy exhibit. That exhibit showed family belongings confiscated during the Holocaust which were stored in warehouses. These songs are family oriented and include a Healing Prayer, and a Wedding Song. You can find the lyrics for the original prayers at songsforanewday.com


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Joseph Dillon Ford

Ancient Blue Threads
With the release of *Ancient Blue Threads*, composer Sheila Firestone has produced a remarkable collection of original and traditional prayers in musical form that collectively appeal to a broad spectrum of listeners. Stylistically these works range from unpretentious, eminently singable tunes to sophisticated art songs, and the performers include both outstanding professional singers and inspired young people. The music is finely crafted, refreshingly accessible, and colorfully diverse in mood and content.
"You Shall Love the Eternal God" (V'aha vtah") springs from a passionately feminine perspective consistent with the composer's deeply held convictions about the role of women in Judaism and society--a vision reinforced by Jackie Olenick's rapturous cover art. Hearts will melt over "Let's Build a Sukkah," in which Selah Gitlin's vibrant soprano is joined by the sweetly innocent voice of a child. "Oh God, How Will I know You?"--a moving duo for soprano and keyboard--unfolds like a richly woven tonal tapestry. "Farloren" ("Yam Hashoah") is distinguished by a plaintive intensity and artful romanticism, while "Mazel Tov" (Wedding Song), in which Gitlin is joined by Cantor David Presler, is infectiously melodious and might have come straight from a popular musical. "Adom Olam," with which the album concludes, is alluringly animated and infused with delicious ethnic color. Throughout, pianist Keith Paulson-Thorpe proves to be a deft and sensitive accompanist.
All in all, there is much to recommend this CD to both Judaica enthusiasts and general audiences.

David W Solomons

beautiful recollections
This is a beautiful recollection of Jewish musical traditions performed in a home-style environment and yet with professional singers. Brava Sheila, Bravo David and Bravi the children :-)