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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

A Child's Voice

The more I listen to Aaron Razel's CD, the more I like it. I think it is his best work yet.

There is one song, the fifth track, that made a tremendous impression on me. It is a short song, only slightly longer than two minutes. It is a sweet song about Shabbos, about how happy he is that Shabbos has finally come. Aaron sings it as a duet with a young boy. The only instrument is a piano which is played lightly.

I couldn't help but think of the contrast between this song, and more particularly, Aaron's use of a young boy's sweet voice, and the way the shiny shoe world exploits children's voices.

Aaron connects to the very essence of that voice; it's high pitch, its sweetness, its innocence, and uses it perfectly to express a sweet and simple thought; the wonder of Shabbos. In contrast, the shiny shoe world dresses up the sweet voices in monkey suits, makes them dance around in goofy choreography, and digitizes and distorts the very sweetness of their voices.

Hashem Yirachem.



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