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Generations

by Shawn Zevit

AWARD WINNING 2 CD SET(Shalshelet Jewish Music Festival 2008). Inspiring folk-jazz-Jewish world music journey through melodies of the Old World and powerful spiritual melodies, rhythms and lyrics of contemporary music.
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1. B'shem HaShem (In the Name of the Holy One Shawn Zevit
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2. Shalom Aleykhem (Peace Be Upon You) Shawn Zevit
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3. Shiru L'Adonai (Sing a New Song to God) Shawn Zevit
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4. L'Cha Dodi (To You My Beloved) Shawn Zevit
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5. A Maariv Song (Song of the Evening) Shawn Zevit
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6. Ahavat Olam (Love of the World) Shawn Zevit
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7. Shma (Listen!) Shawn Zevit
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8. Mi Khamokha (Who is Like YOU?) Shawn Zevit
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9. Hashkiveynu (Help Us Lie Down in Peace) Shawn Zevit
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10. V'Shamru (And You Shall Keep) Shawn Zevit
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11. Amidah (The Great Standing Prayer) Shawn Zevit
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12. Kaddish (Sanctification) Shawn Zevit
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13. Aleinu (It’s Upon Us) Shawn Zevit
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14. Hashkiveynu Reprise Shawn Zevit
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15. Shabbat Niggun Shawn Zevit
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16. Shehekheyanu (You Have Kept Us Alive) Shawn Zevit
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17. Elu Devarim (These Are The Words) Aaron Zevit
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18. Kol Mekadeshe (All is Holy) Public Domain arranged by Aaron and Shawn Zevit
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19. Menukha V'Simkha (Rest and Joy) Public Domain arranged by Aaron and Shawn Zevit
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20. Yom Shabbat (This Sabbath Day) Public Domain arranged by Aaron and Shawn Zevit
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21. Yah Ribbon (Master of All) Public Domain arranged by Aaron and Shawn Zevit
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22. Tsur Mishelo (The Rock) Public Domain arranged by Aaron and Shawn Zevit
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23. Mimkomkha (From Your Sacred Place) Aaron Zevit
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24. Barukh El Elyon (Blessed is the Almighty) Public Domain arranged by Aaron and Shawn Zevit
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25. Dror Yikrah (Calling the Generations) Public Domain arranged by Aaron and Shawn Zevit
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26. Yom Zeh Mekhubad (This Holy Day) Public Domain arranged by Aaron and Shawn Zevit
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27. Atzabehem (Their Bones) Aaron Zevit and Shawn Zevit
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28. Bim Bom Aaron Zevit and Shawn Zevit
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29. Moshele Aaron Zevit
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30. Legacy (spoken word) Aaron Zevit and Shawn Zevit
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Shawn Zevit, (www.rabbizevit.com) originally from Winnipeg and Toronto, Canada, now resides in Philadelphia, PA. He has been a singer, songwriter, actor, perfomer and liturgist for over 20 years- performing concerts, interactive music and theater events, and weaving song into a variety of performance, teaching and consulting venues around North America and the world. He is also an author, playwright, poet and spiritual leader. He is also a founding member since 1995 of the musical group "Shabbat Unplugged" based in the Delaware Valley (see http://www.jrf.org/pub/cat-passoversongs.html) for more info.

Shawn's music draws on many styles from folk to indie rock to traditional Jewish music to rhythm and blues and beyond. "Generations" takes you through the world of prayer, longing and a celebration of life, using universal themes with a contemporary interpretation and sound. Many of the songs have found their way into worship services across North America and are performed by other singers and musicians.

Once you have welcomed this CD into your home- you will find yourself returning to it again and again for inspiration and introspection, to move and dance, and celebrate the passages of life!

For live performance of "Shalom Aleychem" see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilZ9Llw32J0

CD 1, follows the traditional matbeah (deep structure) of the Friday night Sabbath service. Weaving traditional prayers, melodies, and words with new interpretations of each, I offer a blending of the old and the new, composed by myself and by colleagues between 1994 and 2006. This CD has been recorded as a spiritual journey- one that could focus particular prayers for specific times, or be listened to in its entirety on your own or in a group for a complete experiential entry into the Sabbath.

CD 2- The 15 pieces on this CD were from original recordings that my grandfather and I made in the early 1990’s and digitally enhanced. Except for light percussion, guitar and violin added on some selections, the vocals are live and as they were originally captured. Most of these songs are traditionally sung on Friday night or Saturday afternoon.


In awe and gratitude
To the Source of All
Breath of my soul
Song of my heart
Touch of my hand
Spark of my mind
This is the soundtrack
Of Our dance Beloved One
Across time and space
Your Glory Shines

Also available by Shawn Zevit
“Heart and Soul” (1998) www.cdbaby.com/zevit1
“Sanctuary” (2005) www.cdbaby.com/zevit2

For information about Shawn's book "Offerings of the Heart" and other articles see www.rabbizevit.com

10% of CD sales go money allocated to support the causes of social and environmental justice in the world.


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Ben

Generations
This is a beautiful CD and its title says it all. Half the music is Rabbi Shawn Zevit performing with his father, bridging generations. The music is at once old and new. Half the music is Rabbi Zevit on his own. The CD is beautiful listening for Shabbat and for Jewish celebrations. We\'ll be listening to it at my daughter\'s bat mitzvah next week, making the connections symbolized by L\'dor va dor all that more apparent not only with the participation of different generations, but with the Jewish music of different generations. Inspiring!

Barbara N

amazing, moving, wonderful
I was moved by the entire CD. The second disc with the blend of generations was deeply inspiring - the old melodies are wonderful the the tenderness between grandfather and grandson are heard in the harmonies and spaces between words throughout every song.

karen


In this CD, the beauty of spirit is brought into form. Every track offers opportunity to open, deepen, and feed the soul's longing both to be soothed and to dance. Breathe/bring shabbos in with Track 1 - a wonderful waltz-like meditation, which opens into an impassioned, joyous rendition of Shalom Aleykhem on Track 2. Another jewel is Track 4, L'Cha Dodi, a timeless love song, sung with heart-felt devotion. The Shma is truly inspired, a richly textured piece, blending and harmonizing men's voices in a way that is simultaneously powerful and comforting. Listen to the chanting of the Kaddish, a subtle, evocative piece, that cocoons and quiets the heart. The second CD, featuring the artist and his grandfather, is a genuine and sweet treat! Try it...you'll love it!

ANDY LEVY-AJZENKOPF, Canadian Jewish News

Accompanying soundtrack to the Day of Rest!
If Shabbat is a day of rest and spiritual enrichment, then Shawn Zevit has just put together its accompanying soundtrack. Titled Generations: Journey Across the Ages, the double CD is both an ode to the spirit of Shabbat’s past and a nod to its future... the project is full of Zevit’s rhapsodic meditations on the Sabbath... the disc has the desired effect of shepherding the listener to a dreamlike soundscape, where one can allow these songs to engulf them and strip them of their weekday hardships.

For many, listening to disc two will be like traveling back in time. The sounds of Zevit, his grandfather and his family singing Shabbat melodies around the dinner table will strike an emotional chord with anyone who’s lost a grandparent with whom they’ve shared similar moments.

Jewish Independent- Katherine Hamer (March 30, 2007)

CD Builds Momentum!
Shawn Zevit doesn't look much like a rock star. But he's sure got his musical chops. Were it not for the Hebrew liturgies, you could easily mistake the first half of Zevit's album, Generations: Journey Across the Ages, for a new entry by folk-rock hipsters Jack Johnson or John Mayer. The 15 songs designed to take listeners into Shabbat ripple with crisp guitars and gentle melodies, highlighted by Zevit's harmonious tenor. Even the spoken word on the first track, "Beshem Hashem (In the Name of the Holy One)" is soothing, as Zevit runs through the days of the week and intones: "Breathe it in, and let it go ... let Shabbat bring you home."

Zevit clearly knows how to build momentum in songs, from soft intros to sustained choruses. Each track blends easily into the next, creating a spellbinding Shabbat mood. Alongside him are talented backing vocalists, including several other musically inclined rabbis.

Joe G.

Warms the Heart
The mingling of Shawn and his Grandfather's voice provides closure between the past and the present. What a blessing.

Shulamit Fagan

New Blessings with each listen!
In the last few months I have been blessed with some quiet solitary time on Shabbos. Your album has set the tone in a joyful and wonderful way. Each time I treat myself to your erev Shabbat service I receive new blessings from it. Thank you so much!

Leon Cohen

New Jewish Liturgical Music concert
“Ve-Shamru” by Rabbi Shawn Zevit. This wasn’t just a musical highlight; this was the spiritual highlight of the evening.
Leon Cohen, Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Zevit is a Philadelphia-based rabbi and teacher. He accompanied himself on a shruti, an accordion-like instrument from India that produces a drone; over it, he sent the words of Exodus 31:16-17 flying in an exultant chant that made time stand still.

Barbara

Fabulous
What a full world--the CD provides a contemporary meditative celebration of Shabbat and a sense of where we all came from--through the singing of and an interview with Zevit's grandfather. Past, Present and Future all in one.

Benjamin Jacobson, Jerusalem Post

Inspired Soundscape
Zevit explores the Kabbalat Shabbat prayer service through original melodies written by himself and his peers, liturgical texts and a tranquil mood... on the whole, this song suite is relaxed and tasteful. Through his vocals and acoustic guitar contributions, Zevit leads the listener into an appropriately release-oriented headspace, while easy mandolin, fretless bass, violin, hand percussion and Juliet Spitzer and Rabbi Margot Stein's elegant, Jennifer Warnes-like soprano harmonies fill in the rich bluegrass-inspired soundscape.
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