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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Thoughts on Jerusalem from a New Acquaintance, Matisyahu

On a redeye flight from Los Angeles to Chicago that landed a couple of hours ago, I found myself sitting next to a very handsome young man (of course, almost everybody looks young to me these days) with a great smile and struck up a conversation. He seemed very intelligent and kind, and also had the air of a serious writer or artist. I asked if he was a writer, and was delighted to find out that he was a reggae musician, though I don't know much about reggae beyond a couple of CDs I bought a while back. My new acquaintance is known as Mathisyahu, the Jewish reggae star who draws upon his orthodox Jewish background plus some original approaches to music to create his own unique art. One of his songs made the Top 40 in the US a few years ago (King Without a Crown). His real name is Matthew Paul Miller. Read more about him on Wikipedia.

Mathisyahu is performing tonight in Chicago at the Ravinia, where he'll be on stage for about 45 minutes. Wish I could be there! I'm really intrigued by him and his music now. A very spiritual and interesting man with 3 young sons. Congratulations!

Here's a sample of his work that struck a chord with me, reflecting his passion for one of the most significant cities on earth, Jerusalem. This was created when he sported a significant beard. He no longer has that, and I personally prefer his current look.

6 comments:

Matt W. said...

Lucky you Jeff!
My favorite song by him is "one day". My 3 year old taught it to the entire nursery last year!

namakemono said...

yes - lucky you!! I love his music too, especially the "One Day" mentioned in the comment above.

Anonymous said...

He does put on a great show. Saw him when he came to town in Las Vegas and thoroughly enjoyed it. A very unique vocal style. You can can his show on one of the cable channels that shows a lot of live concerts in HD.(Axess?)

I personally like his first single, and the song "live like a warrior".

Good catch.

bunker said...

'One day' is the song I am familiar with. Awesome song.

J said...

I am jealous! He's a very creative artist and I enjoy his music.

Michelle Glauser said...

Whoa, I can't believe you met him. You have the most interesting adventures!

Also, my Captcha has the word "Lemuel" in it. Coincidence?