Lauren Posner

Lauren Posner

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«These tunes have been inside me a long time. They evoke the spirits of my childhood and they are the music of past worlds I know I am from. They are the baggage of ancient grief and lost promises; they are the hope of holy moments and the highs of the love that is all around us.» Lauren Posner

Biography

Many of the songs of this first album come from my upbringing. I was raised in the Jewish communities of both Toronto, Ontario and Rockville, Maryland, where I inherited the rich musical traditions of Eastern Europe in Yiddish and modern Israel in Hebrew. It is from this music that I draw a deep spiritual connection.

I sang occasionally as a young adult in the cafes and bars of Montreal and my native Toronto, but these performing experiences were limited to an occasional hobby that followed alongside an academic career. After completing an undergraduate degree at McGill in 1997, I later returned to Montreal from Toronto in 2000 to do graduate work in the field of human rights. There was a special energy about this city that called me back.

I loved the soul of Montreal’s Mile End, where I lived a lax graduate-student life and enjoyed French-language classes at the Commission Scolaire de Montreal. It was through a French professor there that I was connected to my bassist and partner composer, Igor Bartula, who was already active in the Montreal music scene. Together, we collaborated to write world-beat music in English and French, and to create new arrangements for the Jewish music that was in my bones. The project developed gradually and eventually, with six other very talented Montreal musicians, the debut album was recorded at Voxtone Records, under the Disques Milagro label.

Lauren Posner

Lyrics

Shalom Aleihem

Written By: Trad.

Lyrics

Shalom aleihem mal'ahei hasharet,
Mal'ahei elyon,
Mimeleh malhei hamlahim,
Hakadosh baruh hu.
Bo'ahem leshalom mal'ahei hashalom,
Mal'ahei elyon,
Mimeleh malahei hamlahim,
Hakadosh baruh hu.
Barhuni leshalom mal'ahei hashalom,
Mal'ahei elyon,
Mimeleh malahei hamlahim,
Hakadosh baruh hu.
Tzeithem leshalom malahei hashalom,
Mal'ahei elyon,
Mimeleh malahei hamlahim,
Hakadosh baruh hu.

Translation

Peace upon you, O ministering angels
Angels of the Exalted One
From the King Who Reigns over Kings,
The Holy One, Blessed Is He
May your coming be for peace, O angels of peace
Angels of the Exalted One
From the King Who Reigns over Kings,
The Holy One, Blessed Is He
Bless me for peace, O angels of peace
Angels of the Exalted One
From the King Who Reigns over Kings,
The Holy One, Blessed Is He
May your departure be to peace, O angels of peace
Angels of the Exalted One
From the King Who Reigns over Kings,
The Holy One, Blessed Is He

Lover

Written By: Lauren Posner

In the thick of sleep she came to me
Her warm eyes sparkled to my ever wretched heart
She calmed the tears and sang to me
The healing hymns that were there at the start

She said,
Love is not the high, lover
You'll heal in time, lover
Illusion flies

Love is not the high, lover
It's real this time, lover
Illusion cries

Take or pass the everlasting trail
The jewels are there but the sorrows are deep
Can you dare to dig down low my child?
Can you go and do the work for your keep?

Cause love is not the high, lover
It's better this time, lover
Illusion flies

Love is not those cries, lover
Dry up those eyes, lover
Illusion dries

She knew I could walk the road
And join them soon for enchanted dance
She knew I would love the road
And with her gentle kiss my song began

Cause peace is not the win, brother,
Go deeper inside, brother
Illusion tries

Love is not the high, lover
She came in time, lover
The angels fly

Dona Dona

Written By: Trad.

On a wagon bound for market
There's a calf with a mournful eye.
High above him there's a swallow
Winging swiftly through the sky.

How the winds are laughing
They laugh with all their might
Laugh and laugh the whole day through
And half the summer's night.

Dona dona dona dona
Dona dona dona don
Dona dona dona dona
Dona dona dona don

"Stop complaining," said the farmer
"Who told you a calf to be;
Why don't you have wings to fly away
Like the swallow so proud and free?"

Dona Dona…

Calves are easily bound and slaughtered
Never knowing the reason why.
But whoever treasures freedom,
Like the swallow must learn to fly

Dona Dona… (x2)

Discography

Lauren Posner - Voxtone Records - 2005