#51 Nisabim (Maqam Bayat/Nawa)
Maqam - a set of notes, with traditions that define the relationship between them, their patterns and expression. A musical mode. The Maqamat (plural) are patient, inwardly drawn, they are roomy enough for poetry. We worked the concept of the give-and-take between poetry and music.
We are standing today all of us big shots
chumps children wives and sweethearts and
the stranger within all of us before Hashem the
Name from the hewers of wood to the carriers
of water all of us today.
To cut a deal with You but not for us alone do
You keep this agreement not for us who are
here today but for those of us who are not here
This deal that I set before you this day it is
not too far from you that you should say who
shall go for us nor is it too hard for you that you
should say who will do this for us.
It is not in heaven and it is not hidden and it
is not distant but right here it is in your mouth
and in your heart it is sitting next to you on the
bench waiting for the bus it is standing on the
corner in front of Starbuck's watching for the
light to change.
Close that you should do it.
Look see I have placed before you the life and
the good the death and the not-good love the
Name walk like G*d do the right things the
simple things and the complex things figure out
what you can for yourself and be wise together
then you will multiply G*d will grow you and
So I call heaven and earth together to witness
for you and against you I have placed life and
death before you listen glue yourself to G*d for
G*d is your life and the length of your days.
G*d promised your ancestors G*d promised
them I swear.