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Folk-Rock Rabbi explores living in latest release

Gedalya looks toward his experiences to create song that pushes the listener to explore their motivations

NEW YORK (August 2, 2022) — “Are you eating to live, or living to eat?”

Wake Up, the newest single from Gedalya, popularly known as the Folk-Rock Rabbi, departs from his typical folk sound to explore that question alongside a driving pop beat and spoken word lyrics.

“The song dates back to some of my earliest explorations into a religious life,” Gedalya said. “On a trip to Israel in the 90s, a Rabbi asked me that question, and it immediacy struck me as a deeply profound thought.”

From that question, Gedalya’s song pushes the listener to dig into their goals and motivations.

“The things that make us feel alive shouldn’t be an afterthought to our daily responsibilities,” Gedalya said. “Unless you want your life to pass you by, the song warns the listener to wake up and find ways to live their best life while finding the incredible opportunities all around.”

He said those opportunities may not always work out but often lead to rewarding and memorable experiences.

“In the song, I share a couple of examples of times in my life where the desire to please put me in positions that were less than desirable,” Gedalya said. “But those activities are a part of me and will be forever. From that, I am grateful for the experience, but as many do, I wish I had been more engaged with the bigger picture.”

With Wake Up, he hopes the audience finds solace in their actions and takes advantage of life's opportunities.

“Each of us is given this life, but it’s up to us to make the most of it,” Gedalya said. “I hope this song helps the listeners understand what they want from life and gives them the drive to pursue it.”

For more about Gedalya or to hear Wake Up, visit gedalyasings.com.

Lyrics

WAKE UP!

Joey works so he can make some money he needs money so that he can live
I asked him what he was living for he said that he had to go to work

Larry likes to ride the roller coaster he says that it makes him feel alive
I asked him what he was living for he said that he needs another ride

Wake up! Wake up! It’s time to wake up! Rise and shine it’s a beautiful day
Wake up! Wake up! You’d better wake up! Unless you’re planning on sleeping your life away

When I was a kid my father wanted three things from me, he wanted me to be a BoyScout, wanted me to play baseball and he wanted me to go to college
My first camping trip I was bit by a tick and I quit the Boy Scouts, I played baseball,they stuck me in right field, got hit in the head with the ball and that was it for my baseball career, and as for college...

My old friends like to have a good time we could run all day dance all night
If you asked us what we were living for we thought you were there to start a fight

Wake up! Wake up! It’s time to wake up! Rise and shine it’s a beautiful day
Wake up! Wake up! You’d better wake up! Unless you’re planning on sleeping your life, Unless you’re planning on sleeping your life, Unless you’re planning on sleeping your life away