I'm looking forward to seeing friends and the important discussions that often happen informally at gatherings like these.
Friday night, I'll be joining with friend and gifted singer-songwriter Sue Horowitz for a House Concert in a friend's private home. And Tuesday evening, after SLBC ends, I'll go watch a couple of friends share their own concert at a local synagogue.
I've made some more yaddot and also a couple of what I call Junkyard Sistrums -- a modern take on the ancient instrument once used to accompany songs in the Temple in Jerusalem. (Traditional Jews no longer use musical instruments in worship -- they stopped after the Temple was destroyed -- but liberal Jews today use instruments a lot. Including percussion.) I make mine from wire coat hangers, bottles caps and a cork handle. There is some bending involved that requires pliers and a fair amount of grip strength. I used a very early version of one of these when I recorded "Adonai S'fatai" on my album Ten Miles.
I doubt I'll try and sell these -- they're so labor intensive that the price would be rather offensive -- but they are fun to play and I'll bring a couple to SLBC to loan out.
I look forward to several days of making music and ruach with new and old friends and colleagues, and return home refreshed and recharged for the spring and summer months.
If I get any cool new music, I promise to share.
Have a great week and make sure you spend some time with the people you love.
Buckets of Shalom!