Returning to the Blog

Once upon a time, 10 years ago to be exact, the “Blog People” had permeated the kingdom of the web and were soon spread all over the land. I had no choice.

So, in 2007, I created a “blog,” not really knowing the full value of it, but hoping it would attract responses and gather audience and friends.  As it turned out, I got a few things off my chest and I got some fantastic responses, but I soon turned to other priorities… The website, YouTube, producing 3 albums, which all sent me to Israel. I also needed a new video camera or two. What else would I use…my phone?!

Pursuing internet marketing had to wait. Besides, MySpace was over and Facebook might be next. Who knew?

Today, the entertainment business depends on social media products like YouTube and blogs and vlogs (everyone say, “oh, my!”) in order to succeed in todays world. I now have Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter…I even have Snapchat. I’m not sure why yet, but the adventure continues.

This is all part of my new direction, which keeps evolving. My Website, YouTube & Facebook are crushing it (in a good way) and now I’ve got plenty of entertainment to share in so many forms!  Please enjoy these conversations and jump in as you see fit.

I only had a few back then, so catching up will be easy! Start from 2007! Most of the subjects still work and I’ll post a couple more very soon.

Now THIS is “American-Jewish Music.”

 

A bit hokey and badly-pronounced, but a rare and joyous use of Jewish music in a mixed forum…their hearts are in the right place…I hope.

Funny part is, I can’t stand “Hava Nagila.”

(Hey… Aren’t “Pancho & Juan” the motorcycle cops from “CHiPs?”)

Here goes…

I’ve been in the American Jewish music business for…well, at least a couple of decades.

Along the way, I’ve collected my share of opinions and attitudes and I’ve received my fair share of praise and criticism for combining the secular and Jewish worlds in my life and in my music. I’ve got plenty to say, so if you start then maybe I’ll argue!

I don’t wish to simply use this blog to promote my work, but I do have reason to mention it here. My new CD, “Reach Out” is my pride and joy, accomplishing what I’ve hoped for a long time…to record an original album with messages that underline our obligations, not simply as Jews, but as human beings.

The album is not meant to be Chassidic, Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, etc… it’s human and it’s universal. It touches on our relationship to G-d, but it emphasizes our relationship to our fellow man as well as to ourselves. Prayer is fine for those who do, but certain priorities must be in order before those prayers should be expected to have genuine value.

For most people, it’s easier to address those tangible issues that are right in front of us down here on earth, rather than maintaining faith in a greater power that is not directly visible to us. Balancing the two is the great challenge.

Ironically, the aspect of man’s relationship to his fellow man is not addressed in Jewish music as frequently as that with G-d, even though the former is, by all rabbinical authorities of any kind, the most important.

As a lifelong fan and student of hundreds of musical genres outside Jewish categories, I find great use for the many styles of lyrics and music available that can serve the Jewish people in many ways. Many Jewish audiences, however, are reluctant to allow these influences into their lives. Those more open-minded are, unfortunately, part of the minority within the active buying market of Jewish music.

Talk amongst yourselves. Here are some topics. Discuss. No fighting… not yet, anyway.

  • Is it just entertainment, or is there more to it?
  • The rules of Jewish music are always changing…or are they?
  • Should they be?
  • Should there be rules at all?
  • Is there really such a thing as music that is “purely Jewish?”
  • What is the purpose of Jewish music in American life?

Feel free to jump in at any time…