LIKE AN OLIVE TREE

“Like an Olive Tree” – “KeZeit Ra’anan” Psalms and Verses / 2011

“KeZeit Ra’anan“ Like an Olive Tree is Diane’s first solo CD. She composed original music to lyrics from Psalms and other religious sources. The CD is the result of a year- long project of musical cooperation between Diane and Eyal Luman (link), multi-instrumentalist, sound engineer and musical producer in the small village of Yodefat in the Western Galilee where they both live. Thirty musicians and singers took part in this world music project.

A short film :“Like an Olive Tree” “KeZeit Ra’anan”

Like an Olive Tree - A Psalm sung by Diane Kaplan from Roberto Kaplan on Vimeo.

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Songs:

1. KeZeit Ra’anan (Like an Olive Tree) - Psalms 52

2. Ana (Where) – Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi

3. Birkat Kohanim (The Kohen’s Blessing) – Numbers 6:24-26

4. Ma’ase Yadenu (The Work of our Hands) – Psalms 90

5. Al Kain, Lo Nira (Therefore We Will Not Fear) – Psalms 46

6. Lev Tahor (Pure Heart) – Psalms 51

7. Mi Yagur (Who Shall Dwell) – Psalms 15

8. Ya’aloz Sadai (Let the Field be Joyful) – Psalms 96

9. Shim’a Tfilati (Hear My Prayer) – Psalms 39

10. Mima’amakim (Out of the Depths) – Psalms 130

11. Enosh (Man) – Psalms 103

Like an Olive Tree - English translations

 

KeZeit Ra’anan (Like an Olive Tree)- Psalm 52

 I am like a fresh olive tree in the house of God/ I trust in the grace of God forever and ever

Ana (Where) - Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi

I reached out for you /With all my heart I called for you/ And as I went out towards you/ I found you coming towards me/// God, where will I find you?/ Your place is hidden high above/ And where won’t I find you?/Your honor fills the world.

 

Birkat Kohanim (The Kohen’s Blessing) – Numbers 6:24-26

May the LORD bless you and keep you; May the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; May the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and may he give you peace.

 

Ma’ase Yadenu (The Work of Our Hands) - Psalm 90

Let the graciousness of God be upon us/Establish and prosper the work of our hands upon us/ The work of our hands, Establish it, O, prosper it.

 

Al Kain, Lo Nira (Therefore We Will Not Fear) - Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble / Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be removed / and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea

 

Lev Tahor (Pure Heart) - Psalm 51

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me/ Cast me not away from your presence/ Nor take your Holy Spirit from me.

 

Mi Yagur (Who Shall Dwell) - Psalm 15

Oh my LORD, who shall bide in Thy tents?/ Who shall dwell upon Thy holy mountain?

 

Ya’aloz Sadai (Let the Field Be Joyful) - Psalm 96  

Oh let the field be joyful and all that is in it/Then shall all the trees of the wood sing for joy Before the Lord

 

Shim’a Tfilati (Hear My Prayer) - Psalms 39

Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry/Hold not thy silence at my tears/ For I am a stranger with thee, as all my fathers were/ Spare me that I may recover strength/Before I go hence, and be no more.

 

Mima’amakim (Out of the Depths) - Psalm 130

Out of the depths I have called Thee, O Lord/Lord, hearken to my voice/ May your ears be attentive to the voice of my prayers.

 

Enosh (Man) - Psalm 103

As for man, his days are like grass/Like a flower in the field so he blooms/For the wind passes over it and it is gone/ And its place knows it no more.

 

Transliterations

 

  1. KeZeit Ra’anan  –  VaAni K’Zeit ra’anan b’vet Elohim  batakhti bekhesed Elohim olam va’ed
     

  2. Ana  –  Darashti kirvatkha / Bekhol libi keratikha / Uvtseti likratkha / Likrati metastikha /// Ya ana emtse’akha / Mekomkha na’ala vene’elam / veana lo emtsa’akha / Kvodkha male olam
     

  3. Birkat Kohanim  –  Yivarekhekha Adonai ve’yishmerekha / Ya’er Adonai panav eleikha vekhuneka / Yisa Adonai panav eleikha ve’yasem lekha shalom
     

  4. Ma’ase Yadenu  –  Ve’yehi no’am Adonai Eloheinu aleinu  u’ma’a’se yadeinu konena aleinu u’ma’a’se yadeinu konenehu
     

  5. Al Kain Lo Nira  –  Elohim lanu ma’ase va’oz  ezra betsarot nimtsa me’od / Al kain lo nira behamir aretz  u’vemot harim belev yamim
     

  6. Lev Tahor  -  Lev tahor bra li Elohim veruakh nakhon khadesh bekirbi / Al tashlikheni milifanekha veruakh kodshekha al tikakh mimeni
     

  7. Mi Yagur  -  Elohim mi yagur be’ohalekha mi yishkon behar kodshekha
     

  8. Ya’aloz Sadai  -  Ya’aloz sadai vekhol asher bo az yiranenu kol atze ya’ar / Lifne Adonai
     

  9. Shim’a Tfilati  -  Shim’a tfilati Adonai veshavati ha’azina el dimati al tekherash ke ger anokhi imakh toshav kekhol avotai / Hosha mimeni ve’avliga beterem elekh ve’aineni
     

  10. Mima’amakim  -  Mima’amakim keratikha Adonai / Adonai shim’a bekoli tihe’yena oznekha kashuvot lekol takhanunai
     

  11. Enosh  -  Enosh kekhatzir yamav ketzitz hasade kein yatzitz / Ki ru’akh avra bo ve’ainenu velo yakirenu od mekomo

     

All songs are in the Hebrew language

Arrangements by Eyal Luman and Diane Kaplan.

Musical Production: Eyal Luman

Recorded and mixed in “Eyal Luman Studios” Yodfat, Israel 2010

Painting on front cover: Moshe Kassirer  http://www.kassirer.co.il

Mastering: Maor Applebaum, LA, USA

Musicians:

Diane Kaplan - composition, vocals and acoustic guitar

Edan Kaplan – vocals, backing vocals (2,3,6,8,9,10)

Dana Keren – vocals (5, 11)

David Sadeh – vocals, backing vocals (3,5,6,8,9,10)

Eyal Luman – kanun(3, 8) cajon, bongos, frame drum, doumbek, tabla, udu drum,

rik, djembe, dundun, percussion, guitar

Eyal Leber – classical guitar (1,6,9)

Eyal Malkinson – cello (4,5,8,9,10)

Sunita Staneslow – Celtic Harp (2,11)

Hagit Rosmarine – flute, alto flute, Irish whistle (2,5,10)

Mor Sadan – electric and classical guitars (7,10)

Gal Shachar – violin (4,7,9)

Rani Lorentz – bass, upright bass

Tiran Bublil – ney and Turkish clarinet (1,3)

Barak Luman – sitar (6)

Osama Abu Ali – yargul, zorna (6)

Adam Cohen – drums (7,10)

Na’aran Eshchar - keyboards (5)

Arie Ozana – congas (10)

Mya Kaplan – backing vocals (4)

Yodfat Choir (4,7) Uri Erlich, Anat Agmor, Reumi Agmor, Yaeli Ziv, Ofer Gan-Or,

Roni Magril, Morit Avraham, Nitza De-noor, Merav Ma’ayan, Ayelet Dangoor,

Bosmat Midler

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