Ways of Love
This collection of music was inspired by the Book of Psalms or Tehillim (Songs of Praise). The Psalms are divided into 5 groups, paralleling itself with the 5 Books of Moses or the Torah (Jewish Study Bible, p.1280). The five categories are * The Psalms of David 1-41 * Psalms of Korah and Asaph 42-72 * More Psalms of Korah and Asaph 73-89 * Untitled Psalms 90-106 * Psalms for Pilgrimages to the Temple 107-150 The Psalms, or poetic prayers, were used liturgically during the time of the Second Temple and perhaps during the late part of the First Temple. The form of the psalms includes the use of repetition, imagery and parallelism. Psalms were either written for praise, complaints or pleas for help and/or thanksgiving. My purpose in creating this collection was to give the psalms music; to bring their spirituality into the present time and to create songs of worship that were accessible. As a poet, I tried to maintain the integrity of the original text. I pulled images and ideas not only form the original psalm, but also from more ancient texts. As a musician, I wanted to create music reflected the ancient and modern, with an eye toward timelessness. And as a woman I wanted to bring the images of the Shekhinah, Shabbat and the Holy Spirit in balance with other images of the Divine. Song seven, 'It Would Be Enough' was the exception to the Book of Psalms. This song was written based upon the Song of Songs. Enjoy the music and let it inspire you to praise, dance, and sing a new song....... Miri Hunter Haruach, Ph.D. Miri Hunter Haruach, is an actor, independent scholar, poet and singer/songwriter. Her poetry has been honored with several awards including a feature in the 2004 International Who's Who in Poetry. The themes of her poetry include the search for love (Divine and Human), the dance as an expression of Divine and Human connection and the longing for this connection. She has been a featured poet in Awakened Woman magazine. Other writings have appeared in Bridges: A Journal for Jewish Feminists (2001), She is Everywhere, an anthology of women's spirituality (2005). In addition she is a contributor to the forthcoming (2006)Women's Folklore and Folklife Encyclopedia. Her first CD, Harvest of the Heart was released in 1999 and was a Semi-finalist for CD of the Year by Independent Music Group (IMG). She was also awarded an Honorable Mention for song of the year for the sensuous and exotic 'Southern Lullaby' by INDIESONGS. She is also a three time recipient of an ASCAP music grant for songwriters. She has toured nationally with her one woman shows 'Grandmothers of the Universe' and 'The Queen of Sheba? Yes I Am.' For these shows she wrote the book, music and lyrics. Currently, she is working on her first book of poetry. Of Miri's performance BC Touring has said, '...dynamic, unique and mesmerizing...' firstname.lastname@example.org 310-717-5722.