I hope you all had an opportunity to take some time to reflect on gratitude during the holiday weekend. After a wonderful week in Mendocino, visiting with family and leading music as a guest at Mendocino Coast Jewish Community, I'm home again for a couple of weeks before I head to Boston for the URJ Biennial, Reform Judaism's humungous bi-annual convention.
I am grateful for my family, friends and for the many fans who've reached out to me to ask about my music and where they can hear it. My third CD, A Sliver In The Sky, is out and being heard on Jewish web sites and radio stations across North America.
You can get your own copy (digitally or as a CD) from CDBaby, iTunes and oySongs.
OR: If you'll be at the URJ Biennial on Friday December 8, come find me at 11:45 am in the Delegations Lounge.
FOUR lucky folks at Biennial will be randomly selected (like if you tap me on the shoulder and I turn around and you say, "Lay it on me") to WIN a Download Card, with a special code that will enable you to download the entire CD for FREE!
I will perform at URJ Biennial on Friday, December 8:
12:15 - 12:45 pm, Delegations Lounge
2:00 - 3:15 pm, Music Lab (as part of the Harmony In Unison show)
8:30 pm: Song session after Kabbalat Shabbat services
10:00 - 11:30 pm, Biennial Late Night (Jam session)
I'll be around all day, beginning around 8am.
So please come find me, introduce yourself and say hello!
I would LOVE to meet you in person!
(Disclaimer: If electronics use is not part of your Shabbat observance, that's cool. I admit that many Saturdays it's part of mine, especially when my body makes it hard to leave the house.)
Today marks the next link in a chain, a progression of creativity.
Today my third album becomes available online to the world.
It's not exactly like having a kid -- I don't know what that's like, actually -- but it is a little like setting something free and knowing that you can't make any more changes or excuses or stall tactics. Sooner or later, when you bring something into the world you have to turn it loose.
Online, where the new CD is already live and available (because when you set a release date of Saturday "night", music distros don't wait for Shabbat to be technically over), there's a page that shows all three of the CDs I've created since 2003.
And right there, seeing the cover art of all three CDs in a row, I blinked.
Did I really do that?
Yeah. I did.
With a lot of help, of course; none of this would ever have happened without a TON of support from my loved ones and from smart people I met along the way who mentored me and helped me during my creative process -- and, let's be honest, from everybody who contributed money and time to help me bring this music into the world.
But seeing it in one place like this is mind-boggling.
And deeply humbling.
Tonight, I will celebrate by making music, live and online. Today, though, I will rest awhile, and bask in the realization that this is real, that it's a thing and that I've released it, sent it out into the world.
And I will spend my Shabbat in rest, and gratitude.
Thanks so much, everyone, and I'll see you tonight.
Musings on this amazing journey through music, prayer and community, most of it accomplished while balancing on two wheels.