"A spine chilling song creating a frisson from combining 'the word of God' with music commonly referred to as 'the devil's music'."
Beatitude means 'blessedness', and is from the Latin 'beatitudo' which simply means 'supreme happiness'. The Beatitudes are a set of directives on how to achieve true happiness. Although the words of Jesus, the profound proverb like verses seem to relate to mankind whether religious or not. They talk of goodness leading to happiness, to be truly happy is 'to do what is right' (which isn't always easy), and fundamentally love oneself and love one another.
An original song by Rob Koral and Zoe Schwarz with words taken from the 'Sermon on the Mount' from the Bible.
"We have passionately and wholeheartedly composed and performed this song to all whole listen advocating JOY, HOPE, PEACE AND LOVE."
This track features the regular line-up of Rob Koral - guitar, Zoe Schwarz -- vocals, Pete Whittaker -- Hammond-organ, Si Genaro -- Harmonica, Rodney Teague - bass and Paul Robinson - drums.
*Produced by Rob Koral and Mike Hallett @ Octopia
**The single 'The Beatitudes' is available on Itunes and other download siteson17.12.12 with photo by Richard Brewer.
*** The extended 'album' version of the song also appears on the new 'Good Times' Album (33jazz227)
"And if you've ever wondered how the 'sermon on the mount' would sound sung as a blues, head straight for 'The Beatitudes'." Peter Quinn, Jazzwise 2012
" The monumental centre-piece is the dramatic "Beatitudes," an achingly, profound slow burner." Brian Harman, www.bluesinthenorthwest.com Oct 2012
"Zoe Schwarz and her band are a BiTS area phenomenon for me the outstanding track is the Beatitudes ...This piece is magnificent and needs a wider audience..."
Blues in the South, June 2012, Ian McKenzie
"'Good Times' ,exceptional, original songs. Buy this CD soon. It's remarkable."
Blues In Britain, Bernadette Middleton July 2012
"She also sings with honesty, emotion and intensity, as exemplified by the inspirational rendition of 'Beatitudes' which is a tour de force."
David J.Scott, Blues Revue / BluesWax May 2012
"Wow! Congratulations on a really powerful -- on many levels -- song."
Ashwyn Smyth, Digital Blues Oct 2012