Gratitude, Love, Music
Another in an on-going series of compilation albums from PJ Library, the 13 songs in this collection focus on the many aspects of gratitude. As usual, the music styles have a wide range from the conga driven, African influenced, song of appreciation “What Are You Thankful For?” to Joe Buchanan’s “Repair,” a kind of Jewish Country song which praises the creator for all good things. Along the way, we have Melita Silberstein’s graceful song of self-confidence “Be Who You Are,” the positive energy of Norah Aronson’s “Be Happy,” the playful pop of the wonderfully named The Macaroons, singing “Keep in Touch,” and a Todd Herzog sung song of friendship, “The Greatest Gift of All.” Rick Recht’s sweet folk song is about the concept of being a sacred community “Kehilah Kedosha,” Joanie Leeds’ celebration of true family values in “Love is Love,” and Melita and Isaac’s gorgeous, cello-enhanced “Eli Eli.” While most of the songs are sung in English, some are in Hebrew, others a combination. While the spiritual bent is not for everyone, the songs themselves are about universal truths, and positive affirmations that are common to all.
Lahri Bond ©2018 Parents’ Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.