1. Number1Music, an online music streaming service with global reach, has informed me that the title song from my album "Ten Miles" has just reached the top spot in the Folk charts in the USA. This is a very nice surprise and an honor. I am gratified to know that my music is being heard around the world and that people are responding so positively!
2. I recently signed my contract for a fourth summer at Machane Jehudah Camp in June! Machane Jehudah, an experiential education program offered by The Temple, Congregation B'nai Jehudah in Overland Park, KS, offers family programming during the school year and a summer day camp every June for rising 3rd through 6th graders. It is the most fun I've ever had at camp and I am so happy to be joining my friends there again this summer!
3. I am working on a songwriting commission for a synagogue that has asked me to compose some original music for High Holy Days. I feel really good about my progress on this project, and when the shul gives me permission to share with you all I promise I will. It feels a little odd to think about teshuvah and repentance as we're getting ready for the spring festivals of Purim and Pesach; but since the gates of repentance never close maybe that's okay. Stay tuned.
4. I had expected to be deluged with Hebrew students when I "hung my shingle" for online lessons last year. And I am getting quite a few students.
The funny thing is, they all want to study guitar with me!
I'm happy to help, of course. I offer guitar lessons online (via Skype or FaceTime) to anyone on planet earth who can handle the time zone difference; and at my newly-remodeled home studio for students in the Portland-Vancouver area. Adult learners are my specialty but I am also very happy to work with motivated kids ages twelve (6th grade) and up. Spots are filling up FAST, but I still have a few available. To reserve your spot, use the Contact Form to arrange a time to talk.
Here in Portland, the flowers are popping out all over and the weather, though still wet, is warming up. I mowed the lawn last week, the earliest in the year I've ever done that. it's crazy, and I shudder to think about how climate change is playing out here, but it's Spring and we can't put it back in the box so I may as well enjoy it and get outside.
Happy Spring and thanks for supporting Jewish music, made by hand as always.