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Fragments of the Heat Wave

 A new song from the estate of Moshe Vilenski: The story of a song that was lost and found years later

"Time for Love", Dudu Zakai's new album, includes ten songs that express the beautiful Israeli experience as well as a mature and sober look at life. Among the songs on the album is the song "Shards of the Heat Wave", written by Rami Keidar and composed by Moshe Vilenski. This new and previously unknown song describes "summer withdrawing and leaving" and "the year passing into a season that changes year to year". The song has its own "biography", directly connected to the Moshe Vilenski Archive in the Music Department of the National Library. As Rami Keidar says:

 

I wrote the song, "Fragments of the Heat Wave", on an autumn day over thirty years ago. At that time I was an education officer in the armored division in the Jordan valley, and I wrote it in an office in a shack. I didn't know Moshe Vilenski, the winner of the Israel Prize for Hebrew Song personally, but I loved his compositions. I called him up and suggested that he compose the tune for the song. He politely answered me that he would love to look at it, but he couldn't promise to put it to music: "Even Alterman would pass on texts to me and I didn't put them all to music", he apologized in advance.  I told him that I am no Alterman and I sent him the song. Days and weeks passed, and I didn't hear a peep from Vilenski. The song was forgotten. In the meantime, another few years passed and one day, I received a surprising phone call. Vilenski was on the line. He said, "I did something with the song. Come and hear." In his modest house, next to the piano, I listened to the song. I was enthusiastic and I taped it on a small tape-recorder. I looked for someone to perform the song, but somehow nothing got off the ground. The song stayed in a drawer and was forgotten again. In the meantime, Moshe Vilenski passed away, and somehow, I also lost the song. In honor of Vilenski's 100th birthday, about three years ago, I decided to look for it and to try and revive it. I turned to Vilenski's widow, Bertha, and she referred me to the National Library in Jerusalem where his estate is kept. When I called, an archivist responded, and to my surprise, within two days she had found the notes to the song, written in Vilenski's handwriting. The singer Dudu Zakai revived the song and it appears on his new album "Time for Love", arranged by the musician Uri Kariv.

 

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  • דודו זכאי "זמן לאהבה" (ראשון לציון: ויזארט, 2013)
  • טקסט השיר "עד יבוא יורה" ("רסיסי שרב") מתוך ארכיון משה וילנסקי
  • טקסט השיר "עד יבוא יורה" ("רסיסי שרב") מתוך ארכיון משה וילנסקי
  • תווי השיר "עד יבוא יורה" (רסיסי שרב") מתוך ארכיון משה וילנסקי
  • תווי השיר "עד יבוא יורה" (רסיסי שרב") מתוך ארכיון משה וילנסקי
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