Flashes in the Darkness
FLASHES IN THE DARKNESS includes a variety of genres: melodic piano ballads, folk, jazz, blues, rag time, rock and ethnic-funk. On this CD you'll experience how ancient timeless messages are presented in a timely, contemporary, deeply soulful manner. The lyrics run the gambit from poignantly touching, riviting, fun-loving to domestic humor: All resulting from a personal spiritual journey that can be shared by all. You won't remain unaffected by this multifaceted CD which incorporates creative, expressive vocals. FLASHES IN THE DARKNESS, AN INSPIRING MUSICAL ODYSSEY About the artist: Talia Applebaum came to Israel many moons ago for a 'short' visit and has been flourishing there ever since. At the age of 18 she made a pivotal turn in her life and returned to the ways of her Forefathers and Mothers. Influenced by outstanding vocalists Neshama Carlebach and Nina Storey, Talia's unique sound reveals deep spiritual dimensions within her voice. Potent and playful, Talia's voice emerges from the depths of the soul with a rawness and honesty --inspired by the blues-- that is simply refreshing. In addition to singing, Talia has had her writing published in various newspapers, magazines and anthologies. REVIEWS Quotes from The Jerusalem Post review: 'Talia is a Breslov Hassidic matriarch. The album's songs concern themselves with Applebaum's lifestyle and her religious devotion.' 'Urging us to 'Communicate / At the cheapest rate / With the One above,' 'Turbulent Times' sports some upbeat and pleasant vocals. 'The disc closes with a pair of deeper cuts that take things down a different path. 'The Task' and 'Sing a New Song' have a driven, almost tribal feel, with the latter's repeated chanting spiraling off into secondary melodies that flow into each other. Flashes in the Darkness CD Talia Applebaum - Jewish Press Review by Rosally Saltsman Original religious Jewish music has entered it's second generation inspiring listeners while entertaining them; speaking to their hearts and souls through song. Who hasn't heard of Mordechai Ben David, Avraham Fried, Yaakov Shwekey, Uri ben David? An impressive list! But what's missing from it? Kol Isha. The Voice of Women. But that's slowly changing. As Miriam went out with her tambourine leading the women in song and dance, when Moshe and the men finished singing on the banks of Yam Suf, a new voice is being heard in the desert as more women are taking the initiative and recording their own songs for Am Yisrael. While they have only half the audience (as their recordings are intended for women only), the newly emerging discs of songs by women for women about women have been eagerly anticipated and welcomed. One such disc, called Flashes in the Darkness is by Talia Applebaum, an American-Israeli woman living in Beitar Illit on the outskirts of Jerusalem. The songs, all written and performed by Talia cover a musical range from Jazz to lyric but have a predominantly folky feel. In her rich and breathless mezzo voice, she modulates between the physical, emotional and spiritual as her topics cover dirty dishes, raising children and trying to draw closer to Hashem. My favorite number, Ki Karov Eleicha, has a jazzy beat that belies it's deeply spiritual nature. Drawing inspiration from her kitchen sink to l'havdil scripture, Talia weaves a tapestry of music that paints a picture that all women can see themselves as part of. I recommend Flashes in the Darkness as a harmonic way of making the transition from darkness to light as we leave the lugubrious overtones of the Omer and prepare for the festival of spiritual luminescence that celebrates the giving of the Torah.