I'm home a lot this month, playing very locally and making music, art and instruments.
It's really nice to have some time at home to create. Because I just love to make stuff. I always have.
This week, I'm going to head to the EastBurn Open Mic, a really cool gathering of musicians, poets and other performers in a very down-home sort of place. Playing out in front of total strangers now and then is really good for me; it forces me to keep things polished and ready to go more and it gives me a way to know if my music is speaking to non-Jewish audiences (and/or in non-Jewish venues). Plus, it's a great way to meet other local artists and that is always a good thing.
This Friday I'm leading Kabbalat Shabbat services with Rabbi Benjamin and a host of other Havuranik musicians at my Jewish home in Portland, Havurah Shalom. This song-filled, participatory service begins at 7:30 and is followed by a dessert oneg. If you're in Portland this Shabbat, please join us!
I'm also preparing a new batch of Travel Cajons. Made from repurposed cigar boxes and recycled snare drum hardware, no two are exactly alike. But they all sound great, fit in your carry-on bag, and are fun to play. I'm taking orders now. Three are already spoken for and four more are waiting for someone to love them.
If you want one from this batch they'll be ready to ship by January 22. I will not have another batch ready until mid- to late February.
Finally, I am still looking forward to hearing from you -- what Jewish stories, teachings and/or liturgical texts speak profoundly to you? I'm taking suggestions for new thoughts and ideas to put to music. Contact me and let me know what you think!