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Loosen

by Aly Halpert

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karigottfried1 I have loved this song since it was just you singing, raw and beautiful and perfect, on that Soundcloud. This song has carried me through the transition from youth to young adulthood, through heartbreak and grief and pain, and to who & where I am today. This song means to much to me and so many others, and listening to you all sing together I have never felt more held. Favorite track: Loosen.
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Liz Feldman (she/her) This album is utterly awesome. Every track nourishes my soul and spirit in different ways! Aly gives voice to, and holds, our grief, our joy, our questions and pain, our triumphs.
Favorite track: She Is On Her Way.
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dunleli Loosen has been one of my largest "comfort songs" for the past fourish years after I discovered it on SoundCloud. Favorite track: Loosen.
avigdor24
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avigdor24 This song is a great reminder that we're not alone, with the many voices singing it. I also hear it as a commentary on the beginning of Genesis. Favorite track: I'm Not Alone - Anat Hochberg & Aly Halpert.
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1.
Ashrei 04:29
๐ด๐‘ โ„Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘– ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ โ„Ž๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘– ๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘˜โ„Ž๐‘Ž ๐‘œ๐‘‘ ๐‘ฆ๐‘’โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘’๐‘™๐‘ข๐‘˜โ„Ž๐‘Ž ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘™๐‘Žโ„Ž ืึทืฉึฐืืจึตื™ ื™ื•ึนืฉึฐืื‘ึตื™ ื‘ึตื™ืชึถืšึธ ืขื•ึนื“ ื™ึฐื”ึทืœึฐืœื•ึผืšึธ ืกึถึผืœึธื” I sing for you I sing for what is holy and is true I sing for all creation, for life and liberation everyday anew
2.
We are a beautiful people though our hearts are broken we sing for justice, and wholeness aiy ay yai yai dai We are a beautiful people though our hearts are broken we know that we are not alone right here we are home aiy ay yai yai dai They have taken a universe they have taken a mountain our voices echo in the hills aiy ay ay ay ay ay aiy ay aydideedaydai They will not divide us we will not abide this we know that together we'll be free mourning tragedy our safety is with each other We are a beautiful people though our hearts are broken we sing for justice, and wholeness ืชึผื•ึนืšึฐ ืึฑืžื•ึผื ึตื™ ืขึทื ืกึฐื’ึปืœึธึผื” ืชึผื•ึนืšึฐ ืึฑืžื•ึผื ึตื™ ืขึทื ืกึฐื’ึปืœึธึผื” ืชึผื•ึนืšึฐ ืึฑืžื•ึผื ึตื™ ืขึทื ืกึฐื’ึปืœึธึผื” ืชึผื•ึนืšึฐ ืึฑืžื•ึผื ึตื™ ืขึทื ืกึฐื’ึปืœึธึผื” ืชึผื•ึนืšึฐ ืึฑืžื•ึผื ึตื™ ืขึทื ืกึฐื’ึปืœึธึผื” ืชึผื•ึนืšึฐ ืึฑืžื•ึผื ึตื™ ืขึทื ืกึฐื’ึปืœึธึผื” ืชึผื•ึนืšึฐ ืึฑืžื•ึผื ึตื™ ืขึทื ืกึฐื’ึปืœึธึผื” ืชึผื•ึนืšึฐ ืึฑืžื•ึผื ึตื™ ืขึทื ืกึฐื’ึปืœึธึผื” ๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘˜โ„Ž ๐‘’๐‘š๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘’๐‘– ๐‘Ž๐‘š ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘”๐‘ข๐‘™๐‘Žโ„Ž They will not divide us we will not abide this we know that together we'll be free mourning tragedy our safety is with each other We are a beautiful people though our hearts are broken we sing for justice
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Modah Ani 04:31
๐‘€๐‘œ๐‘‘๐‘Žโ„Ž ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘– ๐‘™๐‘’๐‘“๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘’๐‘˜โ„Ž๐‘Ž ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ข๐‘Ž๐‘โ„Ž โ„Žฬฃ๐‘Ž๐‘– ๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘˜๐‘Ž๐‘ฆ๐‘Ž๐‘š ืžื•ึนื“ึธื” ืึฒื ึดื™ ืœึฐืคึธื ึทื™ึดืšึฐ ืจื•ึผื—ึท ื—ึทื™ ื•ึฐืงึทื™ึผึธื I was made for this morning I was made to be here All the life around me Is a gift so I may heal
4.
Ana El Na 04:37
๐ด๐‘›๐‘Ž ๐ธ๐‘™ ๐‘๐‘Ž, ๐‘…๐‘’๐‘“๐‘Ž ๐‘๐‘Ž ๐ฟ๐‘Ž ๐ด๐‘›๐‘Ž ๐ธ๐‘™ ๐‘๐‘Ž, ๐‘…๐‘’๐‘“๐‘Ž ๐‘๐‘Ž ๐ฟ๐‘Ž ืึธื ึธื ืึตืœ ื ึธื, ืจึฐืคึธื ื ึธื ืœึธื”ึผ ืึธื ึธื ืึตืœ ื ึธื, ืจึฐืคึธื ื ึธื ืœึธื”ึผ Pleasโ€‹โ€‹โ€‹e, God, heal her now Pleasโ€‹โ€‹โ€‹e, God, heal her now
5.
Loosen 04:44
Loosen, loosen, baby You donโ€™t have to carry The weight of the world in your muscles and bones Let go, let go, let go Holy breath, and holy name Will you ease, will you ease this pain Oh holy breath, and holy name, will you ease this pain? Oh holy breath, will you ease this pain Will you ease this pain Will you ease this pain Loosen, loosen, baby You donโ€™t have to carry The weight of the world in your muscles and bones Let go, let go, let go...
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๐ด๐‘โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐‘ โ„Ž๐‘Ž'๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘ก๐‘– ๐‘š๐‘’'๐‘’๐‘–๐‘ก ๐ป๐‘Ž๐‘ โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘š ๐‘œ๐‘ก๐‘Žโ„Ž ๐‘Ž๐‘ฃ๐‘Ž๐‘˜๐‘’๐‘ โ„Ž ๐‘†โ„Ž๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘ก๐‘– ๐‘'๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘–๐‘ก ๐ป๐‘Ž๐‘ โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘š ๐‘˜๐‘œ๐‘™ ๐‘ฆ'๐‘š๐‘’๐‘– ๐‘โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ฆ๐‘Ž๐‘– ๐‘™๐‘Ž๐‘โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ง๐‘œ๐‘ก ๐‘'๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘Ž๐‘š ๐ป๐‘Ž๐‘ โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘š ๐‘ˆ'๐‘™'๐‘ฃ๐‘Ž๐‘˜๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘'โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘–๐‘˜โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘œ ๐‘ˆ'๐‘™'๐‘ฃ๐‘Ž๐‘˜๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘'โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘–๐‘˜โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘œ ๐‘ˆ'๐‘™'๐‘ฃ๐‘Ž๐‘˜๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘'โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘–๐‘˜โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘œ ๐‘ˆ'๐‘™'๐‘ฃ๐‘Ž๐‘˜๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘'โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘–๐‘˜โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘œ ืึทื—ึทืช ืฉืึธืึทืœึฐืชึผึดื™ ืžึตืึตืชึพื™ึฐื”ื•ึธื” ืื•ึนืชึธื”ึผ ืึฒื‘ึทืงึผึตืฉื ืฉืึดื‘ึฐืชึผึดื™ ื‘ึผึฐื‘ึตื™ืชึพื™ึฐื”ื•ึธื” ื›ึผึธืœึพื™ึฐืžึตื™ ื—ึทื™ึผึทื™ ืœึทื—ึฒื–ื•ึนืช ื‘ึผึฐื ึนืขึทืึพื™ึฐื”ื•ึธื” ื•ึผืœึฐื‘ึทืงึผึตืจ ื‘ึผึฐื”ึตื™ื›ึธืœื•ึน ื•ึผืœึฐื‘ึทืงึผึตืจ ื‘ึผึฐื”ึตื™ื›ึธืœื•ึน ื•ึผืœึฐื‘ึทืงึผึตืจ ื‘ึผึฐื”ึตื™ื›ึธืœื•ึน ื•ึผืœึฐื‘ึทืงึผึตืจ ื‘ึผึฐื”ึตื™ื›ึธืœื•ึน One thing I ask of Hashem only this do I seek to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life to gaze upon the beauty of Hashem to return again and again to the Holy palace
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The policemen have thrown away their guns They kiss their sons and their daughters and their souls are at peace No more black girls, black boys, trans women dying No more reasons that could ever justify their loss And mothers send their teens out at night To breathe the sweet summer air And exhale on the ground The earth was made for them the earth is made for them She is on her way, on her way And no one can be silent anymore Every death is a death that my family mourns Weโ€™ve traded in our numbness and all of our fear To fight for the lives we now hold dear And everyone has come to greet the reckoning The place where our hearts got smaller and smaller Now grows to hold the pain The brokenness that leads to change She is on her way, on her way Another worldโ€™s not only possible On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing (repeat) Sheโ€™s on her way, on her way And when the world weโ€™re building is ours Weโ€™ll be tall inside There will be no question as we pray and sing That we have each other and what that means Weโ€™ll finally get to be together Stare with our hearts at what has been and find some place of home and find some place of home
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Iโ€™m not alone, Iโ€™m not alone Iโ€™m not alone, Iโ€™m not alone Iโ€™m not alone, Iโ€™m not alone Iโ€™m not alone, Iโ€™m not alone Iโ€™m not alone, Iโ€™m not alone Iโ€™m not alone I forgot, for a minute Who I belong to The mama earth the wind and rain The beauty and the pain Iโ€™m not alone For me the world was created Iโ€™m not alone To dust I will return
10.
Loosen, loosen, baby You donโ€™t have to carry The weight of the world in your muscles and bones Let go, let go, let go Holy breath, and holy name Will you ease, will you ease this pain Oh holy breath, and holy name, will you ease this pain? Oh holy breath, will you ease this pain Will you ease this pain Will you ease this pain Loosen, loosen, baby You donโ€™t have to carry The weight of the world in your muscles and bones Let go, let go, let go...

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"Loosen" is a prayer for a world with both tremendous loss and possibility. As things fall apart, who will we become? What will reach us in the places we became numb and resigned, so we can feel our hearts and rise up again? This music is for finding you where you are, to remind you that you are part of the thick of it, that you were made for this moment. Another world is on her way, holding you as you grieve in this one. This world has their arms outstretched and is beckoning you forward. She is gravity, holding you in place as everything spins. This world is made for you and you are made of it, that fine dust, the stuff of stars. We will make a home for all of us from what has been.

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released April 11, 2022

All music and English lyrics composed by Aly Halpert, with the exception of โ€œIโ€™m Not Alone,โ€ composed by Anat Hochberg & Aly Halpert, and lyrics to the chorus & bridge of โ€œSheโ€™s On Her Way,โ€ by Arundhati Roy
Hebrew text from Jewish liturgy and Tanakh
Music direction by Joey Weisenberg and Aly Halpert
Produced by Joey Weisenberg and Aly Halpert

Recorded live at Germantown Jewish Centre on Lenni-Lenape land (Philadelphia, PA), Nov. 14-16, 2021 / 10-12 Kislev 5782
Engineered, mixed & mastered by Don Godwin
Artwork and layout by Sol Weiss
Filmed versions of some songs are on YouTube, filmed by Shmulie Lowenstein
Photos of the session taken by Em McCann Zauder
Administrative support from Josh Fleet
On-site support from Rebekka Goldsmith, Margot Seigle, & Lila Macbeth

Singers and Musicians:
Aly Halpert - lead vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin
Anat Hochberg - vocals, harmony section lead
Batya Levine - vocals
Molly Bajgot - vocals
Sonya Major - vocals
Arielle Korman - violin, vocals
Jessie Reagen Mann - cello
Richie Barshay - percussion, vocals
Joey Weisenberg - bass, baritone ukulele, octave mandolin, vocals

www.alyhalpert.com
www.risingsong.org

A Project of Hadarโ€™s Rising Song Institute:
Cultivating Jewish spiritual life through song.

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Aly Halpert Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Aly writes songs for community, collective liberation, & visioning different worlds.

For more: www.alyhalpert.com

Other music at soundcloud.com/aly-halpert

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