By COLlive reporter
Chassidic singer Simche Friedman is currently working on his album and has been debating when to release the song “Hashem Yishmorcha” until the global outbreak of the coronavirus.
“I saved this song for an album which is due out in the coming months,” he told COLlive.com. “But in our current situation, the lyrics suddenly took on a whole new meaning, and I felt the need to release the song now, as a single.”
Friedman, who lives in Israel, is experiencing the extreme measures that Israel has taken to lower the spread of the virus. Shuls, schools, restaurants and shopping centers were either closed or have a crowd limit of 10 people.
The country has confirmed more than 3000 cases of the virus.
“Today, people in Israel and the world over need words of positivity, optimism, good energy, joy and of course – Bitachon BaHashem!” Friedman says. “This is my ‘musical cure’ against the raging coronavirus.”
The single “Hashem Yishmorcha” is the eighth track in his upcoming album “Giant Steps.” The album will feature the smash hits B’Karov (Yitgadal), Neshama, Lo Lefached, the recent Od Yavo HaYom, which has become a staple on Israeli radio stations.
The song was written by Friedman and Elchanan Elchadad, who also did the “masterful composition.” Udi Damari, the famed musician and arranger, used his unique touch to give the song exactly the right flavor, Friedman says.
“Hopefully we’ll get back to our normal routine very soon,” he comments. “Meanwhile, with tens of thousands in confinement, at least let us hear good, happy, refreshing and empowering music. Ki B’Simcha Teitzeiu – the only way to ‘transcend’ all of our problems and worries is through happiness and joy!”