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Musical Pairings: Mirah – C'mon Miracle (paired w/ matzo ball soup)

February 24th, 2010

Kasey’s matzo ball soup recipe is warming, satisfying, subtle and flavorful. It is also comforting and filling. It is a favorite in our house, and will probably be a popular recipe amongst our readers. For this reason, Mirah‘s C’mon Miracle is the perfect pairing for this recipe. Mirah (Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn) is a San Francisco-based Jewish songwriter, originally from Pennsylvania. C’mon Miracle was released in 2004 and demonstrated Mirah maturing as a songwriter incorporating more thoughtful compositions and instrumentation as compared to her previous albums. The result is a satisfying album featuring warm, fuzzed-up electric guitar melodies that alternately sounds both light and stormy alongside Mirah’s lovely, sensually comforting singing.

C’mon Miracle opens with the gently melody of “Nobody Has to Stay,” a track built around Mirah’s impressive, sweet vocals and featuring subtle, plaintive guitar plucking and violin. Like the opener, a number of the songs demonstrate an embracing spirituality informed by Mirah’s Jewish background (i.e. “the Light” and “Look Up” for example). Similarly, “Jerusalem” is a particularly poetic critique of Israel’s use of military power against Palenstine framed in the context of Jewish morality: “We saved ourselves with help from one / who loves his children, every one / every one / So now Jerusalem / you know that it’s not right / after all you’ve been through / you should know better than to become / the wicked ones almighty God once saved you from.” Other songs come from more directly secular inspiration such as heartbreak and world travels such as “The Dogs of B.A.” which features the lyrics: “But still my love for you I can’t deny / even under Argentina’s skies / I’ll seek until a path to you I find / under these Argentina skies / when will you take me back inside / from under Argentina’s skies.” Stop by Insound to add this LP to your library. Mirah will be sharing a stage with Thao Nguyen (of Thao with the Get Down Stay Down) during a set at Swedish American Hall as part of Noise Pop this Saturday. Tickets are $15 at the door. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the show starts at 8:00 pm.

Mirah – The Light

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