Here, all I needed was the rhyme, and that word ended up being what jumps out at people.

 

Songwriter MIRIAM ISRAELI
Looking for a Rhyme

Mordechai Shapiro was getting close to completing his album, and the song “Hakol Mishamayim” was almost done. Somehow, though, I didn’t feel it was taking off anywhere. At the last minute, I inserted the word “Sababa” into the song, as a rhyme with “Abba.” Yitzy Waldner, the producer, and Shapiro both loved the change. “Sababa” is a slang word in Hebrew, and its’s what made the song so contemporary and cool. Pretty much every artist wants to be contemporary, but it’s not easy to achieve. Here, all I needed was the rhyme, and that word ended up being what jumps out at people.

(Originally featured in Mishpacha, Issue 825)

Hakol Mishamayim
Mordechai Shapiro
00:00
00:00