Next month we will mark 80 years since the birth of one of the most important creators of Hebrew music - composer and arranger Yair Rosenblum, whose songs have become entrenched in our musical pantheon and have become assets of iron sheep.
As a tribute to his birthday, an album was released entirely in homage to his works in new arrangements, an initiative of "Iron Sheep Music" from Aroma Music, in cooperation with BPM College and the Rosenblum family. This week, the first swallow came out of it - a contemporary adaptation of "Ma Avrach", one of his most moving and well-known songs, composed to the words of Rachel Shapira. The song that became a hit was originally performed by the Israeli Navy Band, and is the most played song during Memorial Days for Israel's Fallen Soldiers.
The new version was created by Afek Lamor, a singer-songwriter, producer and arranger and graduate of the music production track at BPM College, who also wrote additional lyrics for it.
"I admit that I was put off when I first heard about the new version of Ma Avrach," shares songwriter Rachel Shapira, "but when I became acquainted with the work itself - I was very impressed by Afek's emanating and explosive talent for Amor and the seriousness and momentum of his writing. I wrote the song in memory of Eldad Krok of Shefayim, a childhood friend and classmate who fell on the outskirts of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War."
Yair Rosenblum / Family album
The song was found completely by chance by Yair Rosenblum, who came to a guest house in Shfayim for a rehabilitation period after being injured in a motorcycle accident. Yair's casual flipping through the memorial booklet, which for some reason rolled around in the hotel lobby, led to the moment when his eyes caught the words 'What will I bless him, what will he bless' - and the musicality of the sentence began to play in it.
"Yair knew something about the magic of words that connect to melody," Shapira adds. "'Ma Avrach' is my first song to be composed, recorded and broadcast. I will always be grateful to Yair because the grace of his compositions touched my words."
What do you think of "What will I bless 2023"?
"I admire the dialogue created between the original song and Afek's work, the richness and precision of the characters' stories, and the description of the crucial moments in their lives. The verbal and rhythmic energy is expressed in his personal language, which is probably also the language of his generation."
"I had the honor of working on this wonderful work," Afek adds, "and I was given the privilege of telling a different story with it, about those who miraculously blessed their lives on that Shabbat and later in the fighting."
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