“SPIRITUAL REFRESHMENT”: YAALA BALLIN and MICHAEL KANAN (February 13, 2022)

It was the Sunday before Valentine’s Day . . . and properly, the OAO and I were at St. John’s in the Village on Eleventh Street to hear and capture another delightful recital by Yaala Ballin and Michael Kanan, two of my favorite song-explorers.

As is their playful habit, Yaala and Michael made their recital inclusive in the nicest ways. No, the audience was not invited to sing along, but they did shape the event by choosing the repertoire, on the spot and in advance. And wonders resulted.

Because of the holiday, love was the theme. But since the repertoire is not only celebratory, their were beautiful tributes to devotion, harder-edged rueful dialogues on love that got away as well as its glories. Here are six beauties, some as brief as one chorus, but how much music Yaala and Michael can create in thirty-two bars!

The banner inviting all to Yaala and Michael’s 2019 concert. Truth in advertising.

LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY:

I LET A SONG GO OUT OF MY HEART:

ALL TOO SOON:

FALLING IN LOVE WITH LOVE:

IT’S ALL RIGHT WITH ME:

MORE THAN YOU KNOW:

It was snowing that afternoon, but the music kept us warm for days, and it continues to do so now.

May your happiness increase!

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