Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Joy of Peri Smilow

Although I can’t carry much of a tune, I certainly do enjoy listening to them. The ones I click to most often on my iPod are those on the “Jewish” playlist – everything from Beth Schafer, David Broza and Julie Silver to Debbie Friedman, Kol B’Seder and the liturgical songs on the Union’s Biennial CDs. If I’m not listening to Jewish music, sometimes I’m writing about it. You can read some of my muscial musings here and here and here.

Over the weekend, I received a copy of Blessings, Peri Smilow’s new CD and, needless to say, I've listened to it a few times since then. With its beautiful music, lyrics and sentiments dancing in my head, I’ve decided that Nachshon ben Aminadav, the title character from One Small Step on the Freeom Music Project CD has to take a back seat at least for now (sorry, Nachshon) to Joy, my new favorite offering on the Blessings CD.

Of course the lyrics alone can’t begin to do justice to Peri’s rich, clear voice or the deep, smooth piano that accompanies it, but here they are nonetheless:
I wish you roses in the spring,
Fledgings on the wing,
Fireflies that sing your name.

I wish flowers in the grass,
Memories that last,
Shelter from the passing rain.

I wish you joy.
I wish you joy.
I wish you joy.

I hope the wind is at your back,
Keeping you on track,
That you never lack for love.
I hope you’ll walk beside your heart,
Even in the dark,
Guided by the stars above.

I wish you love.
I wish you love.
I wish you love.

So wherever you may roam,
Out there on your own,
Home is just a heart away.

I wish you joy.
I wish you joy.
I wish you joy.
Better than imagining these tender words set to music, get a copy of the new CD and listen for yourself. I know you won’t be disappointed.