Friday, December 16, 2011

My Versions of Matisyahu Song "Miracle" and "Hine Ma Tov" for Chanukah / Hanukkah Now on iTunes - Plus: Great New Review

I was surprised to discover that in late November 2011 (this year), Matisyahu released five new versions of his great Chanukah / Hanukkah song "Miracle," and the Maccabees also offered their take on the tune. 

My version of "Miracle" first appeared as part of my CD released in late October 2011, "Christmas Time Is Here (and Chanukah and the Solstice)" -- and it just went up as a single on iTunes a few days ago! 

It's also available as a single on the great indie music site, CDBaby:

cover art for mp3 release of "Miracle" by Matisyahu sung by Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein)My new holiday album got a thoughtful, extensive review from Jordan Richardson yesterday on Blogcritics that was immediately picked up by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

About "Miracle"  and the other Jewish song on the record, "Hine Ma Tov"  Richardson writes: 
"Christmas Time is Here (and Chanukah and the Solstice)" is a vibrant, diverse holiday record that sees Lisa B working through a number of Christmas standards, originals, and Jewish tunes with an energy that is enchanting... Along with the usual fare, the San Francisco Bay-based performer engages with the Hebrew hymn "Hine Ma Tov" and Matisyahu's "Miracle."... [Her] risk-taking continues with... "Hine Ma Tov"... [an] orchestral number accented by bells... the arrangement is... subtle and Lisa's vocals stand out... "Miracle" uses the multi-track guitar work of Andre Bush. Lisa B varies her tone a number of times and matches the tricky cadence well, digging out new meaning from the Matisyahu tune while maintaining the original's sensibility."

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