Listen to my cover of Natalie Young’s “Adonai Sefatai,” from Standing On The Shoulders
Standing On The Shoulders, the second album from Cantor Natalie Young, offers spiritual and musical refreshment for ears and souls weary of juvenile and derivative efforts from contemporary songwriters. Cantor Young is a trained composer and her innate musicianship, combined with her deep understanding of the texts creates a collection of liturgical pieces that sound both complex and harmonically pleasing.
The mantra-like, “Adonai Sefatai,” a preparatory prayer that is often recited as a whisper, is handled with sensitivity by Young. The use of eastern instruments, often employed as a sort of gimmick by some artists, sounds quite authentic in support of the harmonic progressions of this piece. Young’s voice conveys devotion and purity.
“Halleluya,” a setting of Psalm 150, is reminiscent of a pop anthem, with appropriate instrumentation and rich harmonies. The melody line is easy to join in, and it seems destined to become a synagogue repertoire staple.
It is a pleasure to finally hear music for synagogue that sounds both youthful and sophisticated!
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Cantor Judith Ovadia, 2014