Whaaaaaat? Why am I only now discovering Simon Khoroliskiy!? My first thought was, This is different, I think I like it! After listening to a few more pieces I decided, No, I love this! He’s amazing! I then immediately had to introduce my husband to Simon’s work. Andrew’s response was, He’s singing in Klingon. (Lol)
Simon is a Russian Christian, but many of his more recent videos include subtitles (which is so great.) It looks as if he has just started to move towards producing pieces in English as well. The thing that I love the most about his music–besides the fact that it’s pleasing to my ear–is that he is so passionate about glorifying God. Therefore, much of his work comes straight from Scripture. Hearing and seeing Scripture is not only a huge comfort, but it’s also a joy to see others using their gifts to serve others.
I asked Andrew what he thought. His response was, Klingons singing about Jesus is beautiful. (Lol…) That’s my hubby for you, but I absolutely agree—Russian is very beautiful. This means that he gives Simon two thumbs up. Andrew was even moved to tears, and as I worked on this review he came to tell me that I had to listen to “Choose Life” I’d already beat him to it, of course. 😆 However, I agree there as well–this piece is amazing.
It wasn’t easy choosing three pieces to showcase as everything I listened to was so good. I particularly enjoy the passion in Simon’s voice in the last piece. Those who accompany him with their beautiful voices and instruments also deserve a well done for their exquisite contribution. I’m inspired! Both the cinematography and the attire in Simon’s videos are well thought out and eye catching. The breathtaking views and artist’s gifts, however, are attributed to God of course, whose grace and artistry can’t be matched. ❤
If you agree that variety is the spice of life, too, have a listen. Perhaps you’ll become an instantaneous fan of Simon’s work as well.
English Translation (adapted from Psalm 121)
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
He will deliver you from evil.
The Lord is your shield, He shall not slumber
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.