Add Your Blog | | Signup
Notes From The Road · 2h ago

Dear Israel (a birthday letter)

Dear Israel:You and I don't really get each other very much, I admit it.I don't get why people tell me I should want to move there.You don't get why Portland is my Jerusalem.I don't get how ...
Notes From The Road · 1W ago

April 11th, 2018

I have never been comfortable studying the Holocaust. Sure, I sat through the requisite filmstrips in 7th Grade US History; and had to endure the stares of classmates when the lights went up...
Notes From The Road · 2W ago

spring has sprung!

Playing out at the EastBurn Pub, Portland, March 2018 Now that we're halfway through Pesach, it's time to look to the future. Or at least, the near future:Later this month, I'm thrilled to j...
Notes From The Road · 3W ago

pesach: our season of freedom

In a few hours, family will be arriving here in Portland to join us for our Passover celebration. We'll have some time to ride bikes and hang out, of course; and we'll also cook together as ...
Notes From The Road · 1M ago

parashat tzav: let's be real

For every successful Jewish artist out there, there are dozens who aren't making it.They're in conflict with their home shuls because they're taken for granted; they're too far outside the b...
Notes From The Road · 1M ago

playing for strangers: open mics

This year, I began looking for open mics in my area.I did this for two reasons:1. I was getting lonely being a jewish musician in not-so-Jewish Portland -- spiritually lonely because I'm a f...
Notes From The Road · 1M ago

Songs by request: commissions

Periodically, I will be asked to compose new music for a synagogue, school or camp. Often, I'll be given a theme, or even, in a few cases, an actual liturgical text to set to music.Sometimes...
Notes From The Road · 1M ago

there's tired, and then there's totally bonked

unsigned,Working musicians must look, to the rest of the world, like super-heroes.We write songs, and we perform them, and sometimes the songs are about really personal stuff and make us vul...
Notes From The Road · 1M ago

SLBC 2018: Yeah, it really was ALL THAT.

Home from Song Leader Boot Camp 2018, where I was reassured, welcomed, embraced and recharged by three days of prayer, music, teaching and learning alongside many colleagues and friends in t...
Notes From The Road · 2M ago

Meet me under the arch. The really, really big arch.

This Friday, I head to St. Louis for my second Song Leader Boot Camp (SLBC). As an SLBC alum, I'll not only take workshops and sing and pray and laugh, I also get to volunteer as a greeter a...