aug 18, 2014

piece-o-day ‘dear gatekeeper’ (keys improv ~2 1/2 min)

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‘if the gates of princes be locked the gates of heaven are not locked’ (shabazi)

..and some more mi yodea- to preview our upcoming performance wednesday evening at the devon community market on devon and washtenaw, chicago, from 5-7.

‘new shmaltz waltz’ followed by ‘the kol rina medley’ (kol rina/ sloop john b/ ‘funky interlude’/ chosson kallah mazel tov/ kol rina)

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‘atzeret’

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mi yodea is me, sue, and ann.

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aug 13, 2014

today’s piece ‘ruff encounters on the oy vey way’

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some previews of the upcoming mi yodea performance (8/20 one week from tonight @ devon community market)

frog song (kaplan)

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cockeyed jenny/ hora atik (trad/ neeman & kashtan)

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hafinjan (trad/ wilensky)

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aug 11, 2014

from today- ‘raul sunshine’ (keys, ~4 min)

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i was originally going to call this ‘mr sunshine’ … but that sounded too much like a rip/ riff on annette peacock’s ‘mr joy’- which this is nothing like… so i decided to give mr sunshine a first name.

from yesterday- ‘space invaders’ (etc ~4 min)

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PHONE FIRST! (this is one of the reasons why we have dogs….)

& from last week, a few done w/ keys, voice & efx-
‘spontaneous song’ (an improv ~4 1/4 min)

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‘words’ (another version of the song i wrote for atomic theory dance band ~2 1/2 min)

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upcoming: mi yodea at devon community market (republic bank parking lot devon and washtenaw, chicago) on 8/20 and 9/10. we’ll be playing two sets each evening- from approximately 5-7. a great place to buy some veggies, have a falafel, and check us out….

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aug 7, 2014

yesterday and today (both short keyboard improvs).

yesterday ‘on the morning after the war’

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today ‘fate in a ticked off mood’

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aug 4, 2014

2 reactions.
‘the impossible dream of there ever being peace’ (keys 2 min)

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‘america roads’ (gtr, keys, loops 5 1/2 min)

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(note- this is a version of a tune i wrote in 1984- after returning from a few years overseas.)

my feelings have been complex as of late- and this is the best way i know how to express them, perhaps find some resonance somewhere, and be heard/ felt.

hoping for more cheerful times ahead- its been quite the season.

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july 28, 2014

rosh chodesh av.

another improv … with the ubiquitous title of ‘improv’.
this time it’s on bass guitar (~8 min).

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war war war. another week another rally (sigh).

emotions are high among people whom i know and i’m discovering who my friends really are- and who would just as soon my folks just sort of disappear off the face of the earth (nothing personal, of course….).

i find great comfort in music. and it’s a time of the year when i’m theoretically not supposed to be enjoying music for ‘pleasure’….but no. this is what gives me speech when once upon a time i barely had any.

i guess if i post anything from ‘the lab’ for the next nine days or so…. it will be serious and somber (enough).

there’s upcoming shows for both mi yodea and gHOST project- but i’d rather not discuss at this moment- as the mood is more serious right now. hopefully there will be an end to war soon- and we can get our groove back … because even though i am not at war with missiles i seem to be at war with words. hopefully all these little wars end soon as well.

praying for peace the world over……

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july 24, 2014

(maybe this continues the e-cd….  ‘in times of war’)
‘improv’ done on drums and e-drums. (drums, e-drums, efx ~4 min)

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i guess i fall into this ‘crazy solo drummers club’ of weird noise drummers. some of the more famous drummers in this club have names like hayward, yoshida, even walter. i’m not in their league- shit i’d barely make cabin boy. but every so often i get into this sort of thing- what i like about this piece is the crying sounds near the end (ring mod) – it was pretty much what i was feeling.

‘dance of the charismatic narcissists’ (keys. an improvised tune ~ 2 min)

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there’s always some of these insects around but war brings them out like a honey drenched venus fly strip. who can believe that they are all right…. when they are all wrong? what a circus!

‘enough’ (keys. another improvised tune. ~2 1/2 min)

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enough of this, enough of that. there’s still too much pain in the world… and i still have my tension headache.

lastly ‘atzeret/ nigun’ (keys ~12 min)

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free-er versions of some new tunes i’m working on. just letting the keyboard wash the pain away- for a short while.

next week contains rosh chodesh av- beginning of the 9 days (jewish morning period from 1 – 9 av). please purge all sinat chinam (free hatred) from your hearts – whether it’s aimed at your own people- who are your brothers- or whether it’s aimed at someone else’s. it would make the world a better place.

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july 21, 2014

piece-o-day ‘going numb’ (keys, 2 1/2 min)

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this one could have fit on the new e-cd ( ‘in times of war’ – see yesterday’s post).

i think the e-cd needs some explanation.

it’s not so much about the war itself- as how the war is making people treat each other. its amazing that i’ve lost friends- i mean people i would sing and dance with- over a political opinion and what i and they choose to believe.

some of these people have said stuff like ‘i don’t believe your story’… but see it’s their stories/ core beliefs that drive people. we are our stories and we are not the same person without them. the story of the jewish people is thousands of years old and i personally don’t much care WHAT you choose to believe- it’s MY story and i’m sticking to it.

you have a story too. somewhere in your history there is some piece of it where you opposed someone, or they opposed you, and you prevailed. in their story you are evil. in your story you are good.

i think the thing that keeps the war going is the extremists on both sides. extremists are never willing to budge to see the point on the other side. and in both cases extremists are using religion as an excuse to wage war.

again- israel has a right to defend itself. check this huff post post by rabbi menachem creditor- HARDLY a militant aggressive bullying type (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rabbi-menachem-creditor/im-done-apologizing-for-i_b_5606650.html). of course if you think jews in israel are evil colonists then i can’t help you except to say please go read some (jewish) history- and make sure you go back at least 4000-4500 years. pay special attention when you get to the holocaust and its aftermath- and what actually happened in 1948- one the few times most of the nations of the world ever agreed on anything.

i think also think that a person cannot ignore the suffering of others. ultimately we can blame hamas (the govt in gaza)- and NOT israel- for that suffering. though gaza has been an independent entity since 2005- instead of using their international aid monies to build infrastructure they used it on tunnels and weapons used to attack israel. one can only pray that all sides (particularly hamas) agree to a cease fire and the violence and suffering can end for now. it seems that a lasting peace will be impossible- as long as one side remains committed to the destruction of the other.

these are scary times. things happen that scare ME- all i’m trying to do is survive, do my work (whatever that entails…), and be one more voice for peace.

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july 20, 2014

new solo e-cd. serious stuff.

what’s here is not justification for one side over the other (though i stand with israel and my people and if anyone don’ like it…. ‘bye….)- but rather justification for peace over war.

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july 9, 2014

‘enough of this’

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‘enough of that’

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enough sorrow, enough war, enough hatred.

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