The Blessing for voice and piano

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'The Blessing' [הברכה, 'HaBracha']
Etty Ben-Zaken, voice
Oded Zehavi, piano
text: Anton Shammas from 'Hardcover'
English translation: Karen Phenpimon

אתי בן-זקן, קול
עודד זהבי, פסנתר
טקטס של אנטון שמאס
"מתוך "כריכה קשה

lyrics

I sat hoarse all night and tried
to attach names to things in my room and failed,
in everything I failed. Why fix my voice when I've stuck ashtray to shutter
Glued and shut my eyes
Flower blooms and these are not hands, child
Not even a voice

ישבתי צרוד כל הלילה וניסיתי
להדביק שמות לדברים בחדרי וטעיתי
בכלם טעיתי. למה אדביק את קולי כשמאפרה
לתריס הדבקתי וכיביתי את עיני
בפרח שיבול ואלה לא הידים ילדתי
וזה אף לא הקול

credits

from Songs of Experience, bc 1, track released August 1, 2011
Recorded and edited at Eshel Sound Studios by Oded Zehavi and recording engineer Rafi Eshel, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2010.

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Oded Zehavi Israel

Oded Zehavi, composer, is active in a wide variety of musical styles
(pop/rock arrangements, soundtracks, electronic, chamber and orchestral music)
and is renowned for his vocal scores and textual affinity for classics of Hebrew literature.
His music has been premiered by a number of prominent musicians including
Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Marek Janowsky, Antonio Pappano and David Robertson.
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