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One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

by Noga Gur-Arieh

December 28, 2012 | 12:20 pm

To describe Yoni Rechter in one paragraph would be impossible. Rechter is a brilliant musician and composer. His musical style, combining Jazz, Blues and classical Rock, created many songs so beautiful, they make the listener speechless. When I listen to Rechter's melodies, which really take over the lyrics, butterflies fill my stomach and my heart begins to dance. 

Rechter became famous in the 70's, when playing the keyboard for the humoristic rock band- Kaveret. He later formed the progressive rock duo- "14 Octaves", along with Avner Kanner. Throughout the years, he wrote and composed songs for leading Israeli singers. He also composed the song that many Israelis consider "best Israeli song of all times-" Atur Mitz'chech (Your Forehead is Ornamented.) In 1978, Rechter composed the songs for Ha'Keves Ha'Shishah Asar (The Sixteenth Sheep,) a very famous album containing poems and songs for children, on which many generations grew up on (and still do.) In 1991, the Israel Festival and the Israeli Broadcasting Authority produced an evening of Rechter songs titled "Ha'Ikar Ze Ha'Romantika" (The Most Important Thing is Romance) which aired on Israeli broadcast television and was later released as an album.

This is merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Rechter, but when it comes to music, the best thing would be to simply close your eyes and listen.Even if you don't know a single word in Hebrew, you must tune in and listen to his brilliant, brilliant music. Enjoy!

Ha'Retzinut Hi Mimeni Va'Hala'a (Seriousness is beyond me)

 

Biladayich (Without You)- Sung by my favorite Israeli singer: Rona Keynan

 

Ha'Ikar Ze Haromantika (The Most Important Thing is Romance)- Sung by Gidi Gov

 

Yesh Ei Sham (There is Somewhere)- Sung by Yoni Rechter and Gidi Gov

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