Josh remains an absolute delight to work with! Calm and gentle, he keeps artists from freaking out and brings them back to the moment when they start to think in too many directions at once.
And even with a rough, unmixed recording, he makes me sound fantastic!
This is "V'ha-eir Eineinu (Light Up Our Eyes)". I was asked to write a new setting to this text by a Rabbi friend who wanted to wean her congregation away from the Shlomo Carlebach tune they'd been singing since the earth cooled. She hadn't found anything else she really liked, or that would be easy for congregants to learn by ear.
I wrote this the day before I was to teach it at services at her synagogue. (When it comes to commissions, I often work well under deadline.) She was thrilled. Her Cantor was over the moon and demanded a lead sheet (I slammed that out Saturday night after Shabbat ended). And I wasn't going to put this on the album, but in the end it reached out, grabbed me by the collar and wouldn't let me go until I changed my mind.
Not ready for primetime -- this is without ANY mixing or mastering. So no widespread broadcasting, okay?
How I did it: First track is me singing and playing tambourine. The next several vocal tracks are also me, laid down one at a time, and in a couple cases I purposely altered my voice a little to make it brighter or darker so it would sound a little more organic and not so pristine. Finally, I laid down the track with the large tar (frame drum) for something bass-y.
(Translation: Light up our eyes with Your Torah, let our hearts cling to Your commandments, and unite our hearts to love and revere Your name.)