B’makom She’ein Anashim

Composition & recording © Alexander Massey 6 Feb 2021 – All Rights Reserved

Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) 2:5 “In a place where there is no humanity, strive to be human.” [Interpretive translation]

If this song encourages people to look into the darkness, and gives a sense of the bleakness when there is an absence of humanity, then it has served its purpose. If the music prompts a listener to bring their own human desire for something better than bleakness, it has served its purpose. And if the listener hears the music sometimes moving towards light, and hope, then the music has served its purpose.

The original text

ְּמָקוֹם שֶׁאֵין אֲנָשִׁים,

הִשְׁתַּדֵּל לִהְיוֹת אִישׁ.

In a place where there are no heros/leaders,

strive to be a hero/leader.