Sunday, November 3, 2013

Pieces UNreview and Drumroll, My First Giveaway EVER




For fear of not expressing myself exactly the way I intend to, I postpone writing and I find myself here with a bunch of words stuck in my throat like a big fat lump that I can neither swallow nor spew. So many words. So many.


Perfectionism, you have reared your ugly head yet again, but I’m on to you. I recognize you, I know your game, and I’m going to stand up to you. Okay, maybe I’m a little slow on the uptake, but hey, it’s my journey. Don't rush me.


In other good news I was fortunate enough to come upon Sara Hecht’s new cd “Pieces”. That I have a new cd, that’s still new (just released) is pretty big - I’m usually a year behind. The gift of online shopping means I hardly venture into brick and mortar shops and I don’t know what’s new and exciting because those products taking up all the checkout space really do work for people like me. Did that make sense? Sorry, but I’m just trying to get the words out.

Back to the music. Let’s call this my un-review, because I really want to tell you about the cd, but who am I to write a music review?

First, a little something about myself. I love to sing. Since I’ve been a little girl, I have found singing to be incredibly therapeutic. It nourishes and soothes my soul like nothing else can. I am that person that sings on the top of her lungs, mostly when I'm alone or with my kids, but if you're walking down Eastern Parkway and a really big sound comes out of a passing car it just might be me. Hopefully not at a red light with the windows down, but yea, that probably happened too.

There are many albums in my collection that I really like and I find myself singing along to, but none has ever resonated the way Pieces does. I can’t remember the last time an entire album had me this engaged. It plays in the background and my entire body is filled with a deep, reverberating sound. I feel more sensitive, more in tune, aware of myself.
One of my pet peeves with some artists that I really admire: there are so many songs that I can’t sing. Songs sung on really high keys or low keys, or the melody is not so, well, melodious. Or words that can’t be heard. Every one of the songs on this cd is sing alongable, yet not at all predictable. Decidedly NOT predictable. Each piece is original, has its own strength, tell its unique story. And each word is clear. I could make them all out, even without the lyric sheet!

The lyrics are introspective, intuitive, conscientious. They speak of rich history, personal growth, sweet longing. They invoke a strong feeling of connection within me. My soul is alight, harmonious. There are many levels of shared humanity, as a people we have so much in common, but connecting in the realm of music is really deep and moving. It’s like coming home and being greeted by myself.

Which brings me to the sound. The music is exceptional. Artfully arranged. Powerful vocals. Incredible range. Have you ever met Sara? She gave some classes at Bais Chana in the Berkshires when I attended a few years back. She’s this tiny little thing. When I put the cd on I couldn’t believe the magnitude of her voice. Don’t be fooled by the tiny body, it’s capable of big, big sound. Soul stirring sound.

GIVEAWAY
This is a whole new thing for me, but I’m so excited about this cd, I'm going to send one
to a very lucky reader. Here’s what you need to do: Visit Sara’s facebook page and give her some love. Like her page and leave a comment here that you’ve done that, and you get an extra entry if your comment also tells me why you think you should win or something else of interest, because comments that say ‘liked’ don’t quite call my name.
EDIT: If you've already liked Sara's page, push yourself past your comfort zone and post something there. Let me know you've done that and you'll be included.

This cd deserves your full attention. Only one of you is getting it from me, the rest of you need to go buy it. It’s available through CDBaby, iTunes, directly through the Sara Hecht site or those judaica shops where counters are covered with new releases.






to good health,

Chana



ps I've never done this before. How long do giveaways last? A week? Does that sound reasonable? Done. Drawing to be held Sunday, November 10th at 10 pm

UPDATE: We have a winner. Shoshana, please contact me so that I can mail your CD.

17 comments:

  1. great post, so good to 'hear' from you. gonna go check out this CD and Sara's fb page. Oh and I've been lucky enough to hear your singing, mostly with Frida of things like ballerinas... ;)

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    1. Thanks Fraydee. I'm afraid ballerinas are a thing of the past. We're very sophisticated these days:)

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  2. Beautiful entry. I happened upon her album a few weeks ago, and she is part of my inspiration to go ahead with my own dreams of composing music.

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    1. Sarah, that's wonderful. Looking forward to hearing your work.

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  3. I liked Sara's page (a long time ago) and gladly left words of love and support for Sara (tonight). She is truly blessed with a wonderful gift and she shares that gift with others. Although it would be nice to win Sara's CD, that is not why I left a comment on her page. I feel that it's so important to support talent, especially within our community.

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    1. That is truly sharing the love. Thank you Shoshana

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    2. Shoshana, you won the CD! Please contact me through FB or email chanalew at gmail.com

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  4. So excited to see a post from you!
    And you really described her voice/music beautifully! I've liked her page for a while....

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    1. hey Musie. Well, you can't re-like, so go ahead and post something nice on her page

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  5. Hi Chana, Its so nice to see a new post from you! I had the privilege of hearing Sara in BRHS production "eyes upon the land" as well as at the Beis Medrash Woman's Circle dinner last year. I was truly awed by the songs she sang there and cant wait to hear her whole CD. Its a question of when, not if! maybe I'll buy it as a chanukah present for myself :) posted Sara a message and she was already liked. not at all surprised she is up to 791 likes already! Also wanted to say your description of her music was spot on. It totally describes the way I felt about it, and as someone who loves to sing singable songs its a real treat. Hatzlacha in your journey, Batsheva

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  6. Sometimes it's a recipe, often a technique or perspective on health and wellness, this time it's musical artistry. I always come away from your writing with my eyes newly open, having learned something that broadened my horizons. This type of music is not something I would think to listen to, but now that I have, I want more more more. The music, voice, lyrics are beautiful and affecting. She is truly gifted and it makes me happy when gifted individuals--you, sara,--are able to share their gifts to bring beauty to others. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Bella, you write the most beautiful comments. heart swells in gratitude.
      xoxox

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  7. I love music and often find myself singing at the top of my lungs and wondering whether my neighbors hear me. I would love to win this CD, but hey, who doesn't. so good luck to all!

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  8. Thank you for your great post Chana! Please keep on getting the words out - you do an amazing job. Your descriptive writing depicts the power of the song - truly the voice of the soul. It has made me curious and I too am interested in hearing the CD so that I can experience that which you have described so beautifully.

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  9. got mine for chanukah, as good as described, i'm so excited!

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    1. So happy for you Batsheva. Enjoy! Thanks for sharing

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