Poignant songs of love and hope for our time "Breathing Still," a new CD by Lev Friedman, and produced by Friedman and Doug Hammer, features twelve inspiring, reflective, and upbeat songs for our time Friedman, a singer-songwriter from the Boston area, plays a range of genres from folk, folk-rock, to blues, pop, and jazz. With wit, compassion, and a keen sense of humor, Friedman offers listeners poignant, well-crafted songs about family, love, hope, and yearnings for peace. "What a sweet album," says Boston-area folk musician Shannon Heaton. Heaton, a 2007 Boston Magazine nominee for best folk act with Matt Heaton says, "Lev delivers a message of growing older and developing deep gratitude for the precious and fleeting beauty of life with simple heartfelt lyrics and a satisfying yet uncluttered bed of strings, backing vocals and light percussion/piano." "Breathing Still" stands out for it's stunning arrangements. Friedman's skilled guitar picking is backed up by master mandolin player, Eric Kilburn, and Hammer on keyboards. Noam Sender is on percussion. The CD is also a family affair. Friedman's musician wife, Joyce, for whom he's written a love song, is on background vocals as are daughter Shoshana, Mia, and Ariel, a graduate of Northwestern College of Music who plays cello on several tracks. Mia, a freshmen at New England Conservatory of Music, plays fiddle, and a brother Dave plays blues harp. Compared by fans to folk singers such as Cat Stevens, Friedman's songs are described as wonderfully catchy and soothing melodies, with insightful lyrics. In just a few months since it's release, songs from "Breathing Still" have been played on various radio stations including WERS, 88.9 FM; WGBH, 89.7 FM (My Old Girlfriend); JPR, Southern Oregon (For Your Love). In the bluesy, "My Old Girlfriend", Friedman tips his hat to fate in a lighthearted look back through love affairs gone sour. "If I was there with you now, Where would my one love be living? Maybe with some other guy, we wouldn't have this life we've been given. So I want to thank you... For causing such misery. Thank you baby - I'm glad you dumped me." Who can't relate to "Slow Down," a cautionary blues-like ode to our fast-paced, wired world. "You own a fax machine, you're a cable modem guy, data streamin' gigabytes into your weary eyes..." In "River Rolls By," a loving tribute to a parent, Friedman sings of a generation gone by, of those who sacrificed and risked their lives through war to provide a better world for their children. "Breathing Still," is a ballad expressing love and gratitude for life. "All this beauty overwhelming, in the life we're living, will we let the love be everlasting? We're so lucky to be breathing still." "Breathing Still" is released on Major Abraham Records and was recorded at Dreamworld Productions in Saugus, Massachusetts. Lev Friedman is a singer-songwriter from the Boston area. He plays a range of genres from folk and folk-rock to blues, pop and jazz. He and his wife, Joyce, and their three daughters are all musicians. The family plays together on occasion in various configurations. Breathing Still is his new CD. In the late 1970s, Lev, then known as Larry Friedman, taught guitar and songwriting in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and with his band, played his original music at various local venues including the Back Room at the Idler, the Springfield Street Saloon, and Club Passim. Raising a family and running a successful business took him out of the music scene, but he never stopped writing and continued to perform occasionally in small venues. After a hiatus of 25 years, he is back on the scene. When Lev is not working, you can find him recording others in his home studio, watering the garden, fixing the appliances, fooling around on the banjo (a new pursuit) and making time to write new songs. Lev is the proprietor of Kolbo Fine Judaica in Brookline, Massachusetts. Kolbo has a strong national and international reputation as one of the best galleries of hand-made Judaica, selling the work of many artists from Israel and the United States. He is joined in the business by Joyce, and a great group of employees. If you're ever in the neighborhood, stop by and say hello. The CD is available at the store as well. Lev is also the founder of B'nai Or of Boston, a Jewish Renewal community based in Newton. Lev is available for performances and interviews.
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