During a moment in the morning prayers, the community recites liturgy in which we act as if we are angels. In acting like angels, we turn to one another and give one another permission to continue in prayer, saying “Notnim reshut”. In some Hasidic communities, as well as mine at Hebrew College, another phrase is added, “in love” – b’ahavah” and people within the community look up from their prayer books and actually make eye contact with another during prayer. A group of individuals look up from their personal, transformative practice to invite one another into a shared, angelic experience.
Throughout my life, different people have looked me in the eyes and gave me permission to join them. A dirty dining room floor to sing slow songs on Shabbat. A new camp, tucked between beautiful trees in wine country. My Jewish path has been fostered by loving permission. This album is the beautiful result of those spaces and relationships of growth.
This album is also an invitation, sent to you, in love. The Jewish tradition is sustained and elevated by our active interpretation. The transmitting of wisdom is done through sharing our own personal insights and perspectives, chiddushim. One of the ways I find myself in this tradition is through music. This album is an invitation to you into that world of personal interpretation, into thousands of years of conversations.
In addition, I want to do this project with folks who have been major influences in my life and given me permission, Dan Nichols and Josh Warshawsky. Rather than record simply in a studio, or simply live, I am hoping to do both in the hopes of capturing the unique essence that I think resides in these melodies.
Where Does the Money Go?
Studio Recording with Dan Nichols: $6,000
Live Recording with Josh Warshawsky (and the Chaverei Nevarech Ensemble): $3,750
Musical Charts: $250
Album Creation and Distribution Costs: $1000
Jewcer, Travel, and Design Costs (by the incomparable Rachel Jackson at Binah Designs): $1000
December – This Awesome Crowdfunding Adventure!
January – Recording with Dan Nichols in Raleigh, NC
February – Mixing and Master of Studio Tracks
March – Rehearsal of live tracks with live band
Late March – Recording with live band in Los Angeles, CA
April and May – Editing, mixing, and mastering
May and June – Printing, packaging, promotion and distribution!