Being Captivated by You (Israeli song “Lalekhet Shevi Ahareich”) by Nurit Hirsch.
Between living in Russia and the United States, I spent six years in Israel. Since that time, Israeli songs have been my favorite. There are literally hundreds of wonderful songs, both old and new.
One of the most melodious – and most prolific – contemporary Israeli composers is Nurit Hirsh, author of such international Jewish hits as “Be Shana Habaa” (“Next Year”) and “Oseh Shalom” (a prayer for Peace), and over a thousand more tunes! Her song “Being Captivated by You” is a song of love for Israel – “the land of milk, bitter herbs and honey, a land dreadful and beautiful at the same time”. The refrain says it all:
Being captivated by you,
Breathing your burning sun,
Dreaming under your sky,
Aching for you, and falling in love again.
Those are the exact feelings I have toward this little heroic country, so it is no surprise that some nostalgia crept into my arrangement of this song...
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This story is just a tidbit from Alexander's "Songs of Exiles" concert program. To hear the full story, together with Alexander's virtuoso performance, come see him at his next concert! To buy this track, or the full CD of the music from "Songs of Exiles", follow the link on the left.