Becoming includes 15 original uplifting joyous songs, among them love songs, lullabies, songs of healing, peace, and forgiveness,
in styles that range from jazz, folk, and pop (with a touch of gospel), to klezmer, liturgical, and a cappella.
“The melodies are gorgeous, the harmonies luscious, the poetry exquisite.”
Reviews and Listeners' Comments:
“After listening to Linda Hirschhorn's latest, I have to say that I am transported by her heavenly voice.
In this genre-busting recording, Becoming runs the gamut from lullaby to torch song to mizrachi (Eastern) groove to chamber music to swing,
all with the same level of mastery that you've come to expect from this radically talented singer.
After just a taste of this masterpiece, if you don't decide you want to be her when you grow up,
you'll at least decide you want to spend endless hours listening to her.”
“[Linda Hirschhorn is] writing, arranging and performing some of the most engaging … music in the Jewish universe.
…[Becoming] is all about Hirschhorn's voice…
She can cut loose when she needs to…
It adds up to numerous tour-de-force vocal performances.
The CD's most daring … track, Blue, features a cool saxophone quartet behind an original spoken-word allegory … the jazz is awfully good.
Hirschhorn's inner folkie comes out in tracks like Talia's Lullaby, Mountains of China, and Winter's Song.
All three prove she's put in her time at the feet of masters like James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and even half-forgotten greats like Pentangle.”
“Great musical arrangements abound, with lots of strings and Israeli-inflected rhythms.
This is a mature body of work, demonstrating that contemporary Jewish American music can be distinctively Jewish.”
“I finally listened to your CD — WOW!
I found it in turn, and often simultaneously, beautiful, moving and fun!
I so enjoyed it — got goosebumps starting right away on Kumi and was moved and delighted throughout.
Thank you for this beautiful work.”
“On her new CD Becoming, Freedom Song Network co-founder Linda Hirschhorn revisits songs that she wrote as much as twenty years ago,
rerecording the vocals and in many cases augmenting the arrangements.
At 60, her voice is rich and expressive, flexible and distinctive.
Her songs cover a range of topics within the general terrain of social justice, human love, and spirituality.
Several are adapted from Biblical texts, including the Song of Songs.
Musically, the predominant style might be described as chamber folk:
her voice is supported by vocal harmonies and accompanied by small ensembles that make imaginative use of instruments from the balalaika to the bass clarinet.”
“Every life's journey requires revisiting the past with new eyes.
This CD represents Linda Hirschhorn's artistic journey back to her earlier work
and forward to what she is ‘becoming.’
The entire album is permeated with sweetness and light
as Hirschhorn's crystal clear voice floats through various melodies and harmonies
evoking the peaceful earnestness of a gentle soul.
Many of the songs have biblical or liturgical origins.
All of them have a quality of serene, almost blissful beauty,
especially ‘My Beloved’ and ‘Dodi Li,’
both of which were adapted from the Song of Songs.
Hirschhorn performs each song flawlessly.
Adding range to the CD is ‘Mountains of China,’
which is evocative of the work of folk singers such as Judy Collins and Joan Baez.
We are even treated to a spoken poem, ‘Blue,’ accompanied by a jazz ensemble in the background.
Although reminiscent of the raw, angry poetry of Beat Generation coffee houses,
this poem's anger is rubbed smooth as the poet wonders what she is becoming.
Exploring the softer side, this upbeat album is beautifully executed
by a vocal artist with considerable talent.”