You’re Never Alone (Avraham Fried)

January 5, 2023

Life is full of distractions. They come in all mediums, in all forms, in all shapes, colors and sizes. We all have busy lives, I don’t think I have to explain myself too much here… for those who know, know. For those who don’t, kol hakavod – I am thoroughly impressed (read jealous). Even while writing this, I’ve been pulled away several times to tend to various urgent interruptions…

For some of you, this post is the distraction! So, how about we make this quick, shall we?

As I may have mentioned in the past, music accompanies me wherever I go. I could be driving down the street, walking to shul, or just sitting at my desk, counting the hours left till the close of business. Much like the music that plays over the supermarket speakers – the music is out there playing, but not always can I hear it over the other “noise.”

Sometimes it’s a mix of different tunes, gradually changing with the given mood of the moment. But a lot of the time it’s the same song that keeps coming back to the forefront of my mind, and it doesn’t just go away. It keeps playing up there until I’ve fully absorbed its message or until the next substantial life circumstance brings along its own unique soundtrack.

Therefore, with all that being said, I’m not exactly sure why this song has been playing in my head lately. I haven’t been feeling particularly abandoned or alone… at least not that I know of. If anything, I’ve been absolutely inundated by all sorts of creative projects and tasks, surrounded by and working alongside some of the finest individuals I have ever met! BARUCH HASHEM!

But rather than dismiss the song as irrelevant or tune it out entirely, I’ve learned that the best way to deal with my “musical malady” is to actually tune it IN – to take in the emotion of the song, to gain inspiration from its words and inherent message. Maybe there’s someone close to me who can use the pick-me-up, and I am being given the opportunity to experience his pain in some small way in order to deliver the much-needed message…

Sometimes when you’re feeling all alone, you need some happiness to call your own… Nothing is going the way it should, you’re trying to do the best you could…”

“Lift up your eyes to the skies, your life’s in His hands, trust in Him, He will reply. Guiding all your steps, always at your side. You are His joy and pride…”

“And don’t you know, you’re never alone, it doesn’t matter where you are. There’s nothing in His eyes more special than you! Wherever you go, Hashem goes with you!”

In truth, who doesn’t need to hear these words every once in a while?

Avraham Fried says:

The power of a song, and even its title, never ceases to amaze me. Three simple words can give so much strength and chizuk. Always remember: You’re never alone!

Today’s tune was composed by veteran pianist, music instructor, composer and arranger Mirele Rosenberger, with lyrics written by the phenomenal Avraham Fried. You’re Never Alone was first sung by Fried, and was released on the Sheya Mendlowitz production entitled Holyland’s Greatest Hits back in 1986, with musical arrangements by the magnificent Marty Lewinter.

Through all of life’s distractions – big or small, easy or hard – and of all the ways to receive this important message, I guess it’s somewhat ironic that it’s through music that I am reminded I am never alone.

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