For Singer & Composer Shua Kessin, the connection to R’ Shalom Mordechai Rubashkin is personal.
“Years ago, I was involved in the Unity project, which was a collaboration between a bunch of singers who united together through music to express the injustice done to Rubashkin. While working on the project, I had met with his wife and family. Since then, I always felt a special connection to R’ Shalom Mordechai’s plight.”
The grave injustice that was prevalent with each development in the legal proceedings had a strong impression on him, and was seared deep into his mind.
After he heard the news of R’ Shalom Mordechai’s sudden release, all those emotions came rushing back. He sat down, and composed a stirring tune to the words “Motzee Asirim”. On the spur of the moment, he decided to release it as a video, on the web & social media, departing from his tradition of only releasing professionally mixed videos.
“For me, music is an expression of my deepest emotions. The emotions that swept over me when I heard the news were so overwhelming, I knew that I had to express it in a song in order to adequately convey my feelings. The emotions were so raw, it is appropriate that they are mirrored in a raw video.”
After, very large positive feedback & interest in the new composed song noted, Shua decided to worked hard with fwdNYC to create a professional audio & video of the composition. Shua hopes that the emotions he channeled into the song can help others portray their joy as well. “By people sharing the song, we can hopefully spread the message that Hashem is in full control, plans everything, and never forgets us even in the deepest, darkest times.”
First published in Yated Ne’eman. Republished with permission.
Composed / Performed / Music by Shua Kessin & his Harmonics Band
Superb violin by Pesach Nestlebaum
Video & Music / Produced / Recorded / Mastered by fwdNYC / Shmuli Rosenberg
מוציא אסירים ופודה ענוים, ועונה לעמו ישראל
(We give praise…to the one gd who) withdraws the captive, redeems the humble, who answers his people.