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"Meet Shirley Levi, an inspired and inspiring artist that doesn't let anything stand in her way. Humanitarian, Entrepreneur, Activist, and Musical Maverick are all apt titles but in the opinion of Your Girl in Music, Dreamer perhaps suits her best. Her epic (think Beowulf) journey as she followed her hearts path is the stuff of legend."
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GREAT REVIEW OF SHIRLEY LEVI'S VIDEO "YOUR EYES":
Shirley Levi's "Inferno" shows a people's longing for restoration of a light and sound portal.
I highly recommend Shirley Levi's video "your eyes". Shirley's video is sort of a modern day Dante's Inferno. As the introductory page describes the video: "The special powers she channels from G-D, and creation are manifested through the headphones she receives in the beginning of her journey on the streets from a homeless DJ. She transfers her inspiration and energy by zapping people with the headphone chord like a magic wand, inspiring them to dance and to feel empowered. The video was shot in the streets and metro of Hollywood representing the *city of angels* where dreams and imagination can come to life after a series of tests we must initially pass. *The woman's temptations play a big role in her tests. She fights to keep inspirational headphones on*. Her fierce velocity and determination of spreading her inspiration and message through music and creation is replenished by passing it on to others." The whole piece is not only reminiscent of Dante's Inferno or the Magic Flute but it is also reminiscent of the ancient Hebrew, Greek, and Egyptian Temples where participants also listened for a still small voice and sought light from the upper worlds by making prayer circles and performing joyous circle dances. This emphasizes a point I made in an earlier post. The Jews (and most Christians for that matter) haven't gotten over the loss of the temple in the first century of the common era. Shirley gives us a glimpse of what the temple was about. She talks about "channeling from G-d." Well information is transmitted from upper to lower worlds in the form of SOUND and LIGHT. The ears of course are the organ we normally hear with. Thus to put things in a modern idiom her connection with the still small voice is a pair of headphones. Her connection with the light from the upper world--her Urim and Thummim (lights and perfections) is "your eyes". However, and perhaps Shirley herself misses this point, in order to draw down light from the upper world a group of people must unite in faith to form "an eye" or prayer circle. This is hinted at in Psalm 24 where participants in the temple are referred to as the Circle who seeks the presence of Jacob (at Beth-el).[The concept of a prayer circle is found in other ancient civilizations. In Egypt the prayer circle is know as the eye of Ptah from which the g-ds Shu and Tefnut (Adam and Eve) are born (see the Shabaka Stone BM 498).] The eye is the instrument through which light passes from the upper world to the lower world at the request of the prayer circle. The apple of the eye represents the pupil which reflects the sun, and the Iris which reflects the sun in its spectral colors--the double rainbow being nature's chiasmupon which""angels" both ascend and descend. A vestige of the prayer circle made in the temple at Jerusalem survvies in the joyous circle dances practiced by the Jews to this day. Here is my comment to Shirley: Shirley, you have created some very interesting visual and aural images. Though you take us through a dark world, there is hope as the light of the sun is seen in "your eyes". The joyous circle dance represents the apple (or Iris) of the eye-- the prayer circle (see Psalm 24) that allows ;light to pass from the upper to the lower worlds. See my Blog at myspace.com/producer_of_fine_films. In this world "all good things must come to an end" but a cirdle or eye is without a beginning or end--a circle is one eternal round. My apologies for rambling --a more cogent presentation of these ideas can be found in my dissetation and in various posts I made to the old Ancient Near East list at the University of arial. I am not Jewish but I have great respect for Jews such as Shirley who seek the light from the upper worlds...Its a very interesting "Temple" Shirley has created in her music video. Her "Temple" is complete with its prayer circle and the joyous circle or round dance. As I remarked earlier the Jews very much long for the restoration of the real Temple. Likewise the Christian world envies the temple the Jews once had. Where is the temple in the world today where there can be commucation in sound and light form upper worlds? Do we still believe these upper worlds exist? What can we learn from them? Shirley's video seems to indicate that the intelligence transmitted is pure joy. Though the City of Angels is a very dark world, by avoiding temptation Shirley is able to hear the angelic choir and to make the joyous circle dance. The circle dance or the prayer circle is the "eye" that detects the light sent down from the upper world. Shirley has put ancient thought iinto the modern idiom of the music video. Its quite fun to watch her accomplish this feat. I will be looking for more great art from Shirley. aloha,
- Randall Larsen
WATCH "YOUR EYES":
Wow! Wow! Wow!
Reviewer: Kevin Stark
This album makes me smile. You are so beautiful. Your voice is heavenly. I want to "Break Free" too.
Mental Affair :)
Reviewer: Danny Grant
YOU ROCK MY WORLD. I had a Mental Affair about U. GREAT album.
Reviewer: Maggie L.
Every once and a great while an artist comes along that really inspires me to open my eyes and see the world in a different way. Shirley Levi's music is one of those rare artists. Her music inspires me to do something for myself. To empower myself. GIRL POWER is where it's at, baby! I LUV your album!
Shirley's music is powerful in every way. I love every track!
Reviewer: Aussie Musik Madnez, Roy Elbert.
I love this album. I love all that this artist stands for. She is by far the most well rounded and intriguing electronic artist around these days.I must see her live judging from the energy of the album. I love the website as well. Keeps you well informed about her. She is definately gonna be big. Will keep my eyes out for you pretty lady!
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