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About Alison

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

So there are Jews in El Paso, Texas?
Yes, actually, there are a bunch of us!  In fact, there are enough of us to have a thriving Jewish community that stretches back over a hundred years!  It is a wonderful group of folks who have supported, welcomed and encouraged my music from day 1.  I owe the El Paso Jewish community so much as a musician, parent and Jewish educator!

How do you write a new song using "old" words?
I take my inspiration from the imperative to "sing a new song" to Hashem (the Eternal One).  Once I learn the words to a prayer, I repeat them over and over in my head until a rhythm appears.  Then I follow the rhythm until a melody appears.  Once that happens, I try and get it all recorded before it flies out of my head again!  Many of the songs I've written (especially on my first album, Shapirit) feel like they've been "given" to me as a gift for opening my ears and heart and really listening to the music of the world.

When did you first start with learning, singing, writing and making music?
My best friend and I wrote some spoof lyrics when we were in middle school, but I guess Weird Al didn't think they were as funny as we thought they were.  Oh well!  My musical journey began in fifth grade when I picked up my first instrument, the cornet.  My middle school band teacher encouraged me to pursue every solo and tackle every challenge, and when I arrived in high school this perseverance served me well.  My high school band directors pushed me even further, and I even switched instruments (to french horn).  I didn't start writing my own original compositions until the summer of 2011 and then they just started pouring out of my brain!  I guess this is what I've been meant for, all along.

I'd love to answer more of your questions - send me an email and ask me anything.  I'll try and answer it honestly and update this section with new questions/answers!