The summer is winding down rapidly -- and the Jewish High Holidays begin in less
than two weeks!
It has been a crazy and busy summer for me, musically and in other ways. I've
finished all the songs I plan to include on "Ten Miles"; I've traveled
to Kansas and to the Grand Canyon to share my music with Jewish communities there;
and I've begun rehearsals and have reserved studio time to record "Ten
Miles" this fall.
In addition, I've been taking stock, something I do every year right before High
Holidays. The Jewish new year is a time of renewal and of cleaning the slate. It
has been quite a year since I left the bicycle industry and decided to pursue Jewish
education and music on a more full-time basis. There have been bumps along the way.
I have tried to learn from my mistakes, and to make amends with anyone I've
hurt as a result of them. There have been surprising succeses as well, moments of
sweet reassurance that I took the right step last September and that, with hard
work and mindfulness, I can continue on this path.
I approach this new year, the Jewish Year 5774, with trepidation and hopefulness.
What is the next step in my growth as an artist, as a teacher and as a human being?
And how will I know which direction to take? One of the challenges of self-producing
everything is that I sometimes have to just guess, and hope that my hunches are
right. But know that, when it comes to my music, I'm doing it for all of you
-- my supporters and friends who like what I do and who encourage me to keep at
I've included a link here to a song I wrote for this time of year, a new setting of "Achat Sha'alti"
Achat Sha'alti me'et Adonai, otah avakeish
Shiv'ti b'veit Adonai kol yamei chayyai.
One thing I ask of You, O God:
that I may dwell in Your house all the days of my life.
(from Ps. 27)
The demo is very, very rough -- a result of the limitations of the technology available
to me in my DIY universe -- but I promise that a better version will be available
later on! I just wanted to get it out there in time for High Holidays. This one
will be up at the Reverb site untl Friday, August 30. If you are a Jewish synagogue
musician and want a copy of the lead sheet for use at your shul this fall, plaese
contact me and let me know asap.
Upcoming dates, with links where noted:
-- Live interview on The Sprocket Podcast
: This online radio program on bicycles
and DIY culture is hosted by Brock Dittus, who will interview me on the intersection
of bicycles and spirituality. Live, in-studio perforance of some of my music will
be included - Monday evening, August 26.
-- S'lichot at Havurah Shalom in Portland (825 NW 18th) - Saturday, 8/31/13 at
8:30 pm (begins with a short Havdalah service)
-- Rosh Hashanah at Havurah Shalom
, held at the Tiffany Center on SW Morrison,
Sept 4th and 5th (see link for times)
Meanwhile, I hope your fall is beautiful and meaningful! If you have the opportunity
where you live, be sure to get outside and watch the changing colors -- there are
trees in my city that are already beginning to turn from green to gold -- and revel
in nature's gifts.
If you observe the Jewish High Holidays, may you have a new year filled with sweetness
All the best -- Beth