By Minna Bromberg on September 12, 2013
In the Jewish calendar, we are just about ready (or not) to enter into Yom Kippur — a full day of fasting and prayer, expiation and forgiveness. The liturgy for this day is full of many different images of our relationship with the Divine: sometimes imagining a God who is loving and compassionate and sometimes [...]
By Minna Bromberg on August 5, 2013
In honor of the New Moon of the Hebrew month of Elul — the month in which we bring our hearts to returning to our truest selves — I wanted to share this “Turning Song” with you. It takes (as in “steals”) most of its lyrics right from the Book of Psalms. One note: So [...]
By Minna Bromberg on July 18, 2013
We are beginning, in the Jewish calendar, a period of Seven Weeks of Consolation in which we move from commemorating the destruction of the Temple to readying ourselves for the New Year. Each week, in synagogue, we read (sing, really) a selection from the book of Isaiah that offers nechemta or comfort to the people. The [...]
By Minna Bromberg on July 7, 2013
Lots of my own songs of soothing start off as private little songs that I write only for myself, everyday amulets to carry with me, written just for what I need today. And most of those songs never make it to public ears. But here is one called “Far Shore.”
By Minna Bromberg on June 30, 2013
Like many traditional songs of soothing, “Deep Blue Sea” is about death. Don’t believe me that this is a pattern? Sing “Rock-a-bye Baby” all the way through. See? Personally I think this has something to with the fact that the real “audience” for a words of a lullaby is the person singing it. And in [...]
By Minna Bromberg on June 23, 2013
I wrote “My Dear Heart” while I was in the dreaming stages of this whole Songs of Soothing project. It is inspired in part by “I was asleep but my heart was awake” which is sung in the Song of Songs. May your own heart dream loudly!
By Minna Bromberg on June 17, 2013
Dragged up from the depths of my life as a sailor of big boats, “Captain’s Lullaby” is for all those who have stood watch while the captain (or the baby) sleeps below.
By Minna Bromberg on June 10, 2013
A sonic amulet is meant only for the person who commissions it. The sacred and the private have a lot in common and I don’t make a practice of including sonic amulets in the repertoire of songs I share publicly. At the same time, it makes sense that folks want to hear some “samples of [...]
By Minna Bromberg on June 3, 2013
“Here I am” is a piece I originally wrote for a “Songs of Soothing” workshop I lead at a local yoga studio. It combines (in Hebrew) a verse from Psalm 34 and a verse from Psalm 145 with my very free English translation.
By Minna Bromberg on March 12, 2013
This episode’s song is “Softly and Tenderly” — my interpretation of what was originally written as a (very) Christian hymn. What do you think of my mama-centric version?