The Sky’s Reply

The Bird Sings Oral Tradition Song Library

The Sky’s Reply

This song was part of Lisa’s 2020 The World We are Dreaming Playlist project, and all contributing artists gave their permission to have their songs from that playlist be added to this library. Individual parts recordings are not yet available.

Composer & Copyright

Original song copyright Josh Blaine

English verse/translation inspired by-the English translation from Siddur HaKohanot:  A Hebrew Priestess Prayerbook:  “I called to Yah from the narrow place, and was answered with the sky’s wideness”


Recorded by Josh Blaine


ִ ֽמן־֭ ַה ֵמַּ֥צר ָקָ֣רא ִתי הָּ֑יּ ָעָ֖ננִי ַב ֶמּ ְר ָ֣חב ׃הָּֽי 

Psalm 118:5 

Min hametzar karati Yah, anani vamerchav Yah 


To You I call, feeling scared and small. 

And You reply with the vastness of the sky!


A Note About the Song from Josh: 

I wrote this song this spring inspired by a prayer in the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute prayer book, “Min HaMetzar.” It came at a time when I was personally experiencing so much contraction and constriction, and when the world at large seemed to be in a collective time of “narrowness” as we were a few months into pandemic quarantine. 

How Is this Song Creating the World We Want? 

The world I want to see is one where we can be honest about how we’re feeling – whether it’s joyful or small and afraid – and ask for help. And in that asking, including a humbling to the awesome beauty of the natural world we are a part of, find resource, expansion, and strength. It speaks, too, to a world of moving out of this collective contraction/constriction and into one of great expansion, openness, freedom, and celebration.  

Teaching Notes

Coming soon!


Level of teaching speed/ difficulty (1 = very easy, 10 = very challenging)

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