For some people Tikun Olam, the notion of making the world a better place, is an abstract concept that might enter their thoughts occasionally, but for Yisroel Juskowitz, Tikun Olam is both a way of life and the theme of his second album, appropriately titled Fixing the World.
Calling Juskowitz a singer/songwriter/guitarist would be massive injustice because in addition to his musical abilities, Juskowitz is also an artist, a published author, a certified life coach and a motivational speaker. His beautiful handiwork adorns the cover of Fixing the World and his debut album A Narrow Bridge sold out its first two printings. With his newest release, Juskowitz combines his many abilities into one comprehensive work that will simultaneously delight, entertain and inspire listeners.
Fixing the World features twelve songs, nine of which are composed by Juskowitz. Encompassing positive messages of hope and thematic elements of Jewish prayer and life culled from Tehillim and other inspiring sources, Fixing the World is a spiritually uplifting experience, enhanced by Juskowitz’s heartfelt vocals which breathe contemporary life into Carlebach-style music. Joining Juskowitz on his second musical odyssey are several well known talents in the Jewish music business including C Lanzbom, Aryeh Kunstler, Noah Solomon, Nochi Krohn, Shlomo Katz, Eitan Katz, Jeremy Brown, Ben Antelis and Jeff Haynes.
The song’s themes tackle topics including praise, comfort, unity, Shabbos, inspiration and more. Written introductions and dedications that appear in the beautiful booklet for each song, including one to the soldiers who fell in Operation Protective Edge, elevate each one to a higher plane by imbuing them with meaning and presence. Particularly outstanding are Kel Adon, a moving heartfelt composition that describes the majesty and splendor of Hashem’s creations and Litaken Olam, words that we typically say several times daily, yet don’t often take to heart.
With Fixing the World, Juskowitz has managed to create a treasury of songs that are about more than just listening to random notes – each one is literally a building block, artfully packaged and delivered by Juskowitz, enabling each of us to make the world a better place, each and every day.
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