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Late one summer evening, walking on the grounds at the Seeds of Peace camp in Maine, I overheard beautiful sounds coming from one of the meeting halls. I had to go to the source. Entering the building, I sat down to listen to Ami Yares and his friend Ghassan Birumi jamming, as they practiced for an upcoming concert. It was a magical experience. I felt like I had wandered into the early years of Simon and Garfunkel creating their amazing music. I didn't want the the session to end. As you listen to "Simple Gifts" you too can experience this magic. An inspiration!

Doc Miller
Senior Associate for Staff Development
Facing History & Ourselves


'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free,
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

When true simplicity is gain'd,
To bow and to bend we shan't be asham'd,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come 'round right


from We Make the Road By Walking, released November 26, 2015
Vocals and Acoustic Guitar: Ami Yares
Upright Bass: Gavri-Tov Yares
Backup Vocals: Micah Hendler
Backup Vocals: Kela Sappir
Viola: Shoshana Gottesman
Percussion: Tamer Omari
Oud: Ghassan Birumi
Recording: Ami Yares & Tamer Omari
Mixing: Ami Yares
Mastering: Alain Paul




We Make the Road By Walking Portland, Maine

All songs are available as "donation only." All proceeds go to directly supporting the Seeds of Peace Educators Program for the Expressive Arts.

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