Some of y'all may remember Dan Salomon, the kid with the most Israeli Rock voice from the Machina season of the local The Voice. Well, kid's voice got upgraded to "straight to the spine" and also, he found himself a wonderful complement in Hadas Blass, who seems to be pretty awesome in her own right.
I found them through the following, a Beit Avi Chai-sponsored cover of Meir Banai's sha'aar ha'rachamim
(lit. "Gate of Mercy", an actual gate of J-m's Old City and also a loaded concept if one has the familiarity with Jewish lore's more mystical branches):( Embed behind cut. )
I'm not a fan of this orchestral arrangement (it seems they were going for Anadlusi style, but didn't have the guts to go all the way), but it's nice to know J-m has a street orchestra and also, it shows off the two vocalists really
Apparently these two are a stable partnership with their own youtube channel, which is where I found the following gem:( Embed under cut. )
This one deserves being presented with the words (Hadas's; joint composition); I suspect it'll be one of those songs where the intent gets through even without understanding a word, but.
"גם אם רגליי לא ישאוני"Even if my feet shall fail
אשא נפשי אל על
ורעש הלב זה שיכה בי
יהיה בחיקי שירת אדם
גם אם הרוח לא תשיבני
וכוח ישן שיתעורר בי
I'll carry my soul up high
And the heart's tremor* that strikes me so
Will in my bosom
Become a song
Even if the wind fails to return* me
In my joy I'll heart it still
And the old power that'll wake in me
A great fire"
* The Hebrew word תשיבני doesn't just mean "return me [to a place]"; it also means "bring me back to life" (specifically
in this context, because "wind" and "spirit" are the same word in Hebrew), and it recalls the השיבני
of t'shuva, of the return home with an answer from the path of questioning.
could mean either noise, or an earthquake
...this song also has other allusions, which is unfuckingsurprising - it's sort of a genre marker. Combining shirat ha'ma'aalot with Naomi Shemer ("השיבני ואשובה") and a side of Bialik (חיקי/חיקך) - yeah, this is Israeli rock, all right. (And both are subversions/inversions! Naomi Shemer's song quotes Isaiah straight - "Recall me and I'll return" - where Hadas Blass says "Even if [the wind/spirit] fails to recall me"; and where Bialik's famous poem is about loneliness and written from the position of one who is suffering [specifically addressing a female person], here the female person writing for a partnership
speaks of taking the earthquake of the [implied lonely] heart and turning it into shirat adam
, the song of humanity - which is another
allusion, to Hannah Szenes's On foot to Cesasria
: "My Lord, my Lord/May it never end:/sea and sand/water's whisper, sky's brightness/human prayer [te'filat ha'adam]". Actually now that I think about it - the motive of fire recalls Hannah Szenes's other
famous poem, of hearts and fire and a darkness that needs to be undone. And what all of those allusions and subversions sum up to is saying that sometimes, courage is accepting joy and heroism is to fight to live
, not the swearing away of one's life.)
Basically, "If I got left alone in the dark I'll find someone else
who's lonely, rescue us both, and laugh about it like one who returns to Living."ETA.
Yeah okay, those two definitely have a pattern of writing about Living After. And see
Oh my god
, crazy kids, are you seriously performing wearing matching pendants? I squinted at them in the previous vid, and it's really obvious here
. ("I am lost/The road unfamiliar to me/To the trails I'm a stranger/How did I come to this loneliness/In these valleys and rivers/Oh, sister/Do you know the road to Bingeol?")