Restless Heart – Cantor Jamie Marx’s Second Album of Jewish Hard Rock

$6,659   raised
GOAL: $14,500

13 days to go

54

 Donors

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Why Jewish Hard Rock?

Jewish liturgy is more than just sweet platitudes of praise and timid words of request; our petitions sometimes come from pain and anger. When we see people we love stricken by illness or unexpected death, we become filled with a sense of injustice and helplessness. When we narrowly dodge a car accident or find our child who went missing for a few moments at the mall, we feel immense gratitude tinged with the breathless terror at how small and fragile we are.

Those moments of intense emotion and prayer are reflected in the sound of rock n’ roll – the distortion, the volume, and the impact. Through my music, I’m exploring how hard rock reflects and deepens the meaning we find in Jewish prayer. (You can read more here about my philosophy of Jewish hard rock specifically and the intersection of spirituality and rock music.)

In 2016, thanks to a lucky break and some hard work, I won some money on a game show and used a portion of the winnings to record a six-track EP of Jewish hard rock titled In Pursuit. I’ve been humbled and deeply moved by the response to In Pursuit from the Jewish community and the incredible support from friends, family, colleagues, and my Temple Sholom community.

And now I need your help to continue to spread the music and the message with a second album.

The Back Story

I grew up with hard rock. The soundtrack of my life is a mix tape of Guns n’ Roses, Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, and Green Day. Over a lifetime of singing Jewish music and a decade in the cantorial world, I’ve learned to love the vast repertoire of Jewish music. But I haven’t found Jewish music in the “musical language” that I grew up with.

So I decided to try writing it.

That effort led to In Pursuit, my first album of Jewish hard rock, released last year. Working with Grammy-winning producer Glenn Barratt, we took a few songs I’d written and transformed them into an album that treated our sacred texts with reverence and sincerity — and, most importantly, rocked. Songs like “Shalom Rav,” “These Things Will Happen,” and “Hashkiveinu” wrestled with our traditional texts and offered up a new angle on the broad spectrum of emotions they bear.

Since the release of In Pursuit, I’ve performed in Philadelphia and at the URJ Biennial in Boston, with gigs booked in Cincinnati and Maple Glen, PA in the coming year. My 2015 single, “Bless This Year,” was selected by Transcontinental Music Publications for the upcoming songbook Jewish Songs of Protest and Hope. And last year, I was selected as a Jewish Rock Radio Emerging Artist. You can listen to my interview as part of the Emerging Artist Showcase.

Where Does the Money Go?

•   $12,000 – Estimated recording expenses (includes hiring musicians, studio rental, and album mixing and mastering)

•   $1,500 – Expenses related to the various reward levels

•   $500 – CD duplication

•   $500 – Artwork

My plan is to begin recording in the late Fall 2018 and release Restless Heart in late Winter or early Spring 2019.

Can You Give Me An Example of a Track Planned for Restless Heart?

The prayer commonly known as “R’tzei” asks God to “receive our prayers in love.” There’s a big assumption in there that God is listening. Sometimes I feel that God is with me and listening when I pray, and sometimes I feel like a fool talking to himself. What does it mean to read this prayer as we do each Friday if we doubt that God is going to answer? I wanted to write a “R’tzei” that laid bare my occasional doubts, disappointment, and anger.

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  • June 16, 2018 12:19 pm

    Just over a week in and we’ve hit 1/3 of the way to the goal and cleared $5,000! Thank you so much to everyone who donated and shared so far!

2018-06-23
Anonymous donor
2018-06-21
Stephen and Rebecca Silver and family.
$118
"Best of luck with the album, Cantor!"
2018-06-20
Anonymous donor
$36
2018-06-20
Deb and Alan Kirsch
"Good luck"
2018-06-20
Anonymous donor
2018-06-19
Anonymous donor
$18
2018-06-19
Suri Jacknis
$54
"Best wishes on making this newest album that can make Jewish prayer more accessible and meaningful to many!"
2018-06-19
Julie Goldstein
2018-06-19
Evalyn Elias
2018-06-18
Marge Marx
2018-06-18
The Smith Family
2018-06-18
Anonymous donor
"Good luck with the new project!"
2018-06-18
Cantor Mary Rebecca Thomas, Temple Beth El
$200
"Go Jamie, go!"
2018-06-18
The Porter Family
$118
"Best of luck with this exciting project!"
2018-06-18
Saeed and Shohreh Niku
"We are proud of you two."
2018-06-18
Abbey Krain
2018-06-17
Ira Kedson
2018-06-16
Ann and Mayer Selelkman
$100
"We're with you all the way!!"
2018-06-16
Anonymous donor
2018-06-16
The Browngoehls
"Wonderful music, Jamie!"
2018-06-16
Bernice Kurtzner
2018-06-15
Randy Marx
"Go Jamie!"
2018-06-15
Anonymous donor
$54
"I love what you're doing. But more than that I love how much you are using my son in your band!"
2018-06-15
Asher Matthews
$118
"My whole tzedakah box for you, Cantor Marx!"
2018-06-15
Anonymous donor
2018-06-15
Alyse Unterberger
$118
2018-06-13
Anonymous donor
2018-06-13
Keri green
$36
"Mazel tov!!"
2018-06-13
Cantor David Frommer
2018-06-12
Barbara M. Clarke
$18
"Way to go, Jamie!"
2018-06-12
Ellen Allard
"I’m delighted to contribute to your Jewcer campaign. After all, you rock!"
2018-06-12
Bonnie and Lenny Starr
$36
"Mazel Tov Jamie! Love your rock music"
2018-06-12
The Kedson Family
2018-06-11
Brett & Rachel Amdur
"Go Jamie!!"
2018-06-11
Tim and Joanie Merrill
$25
"Good Luck, Jamie!"
2018-06-11
The Mendell Family
$360
"We can't wait for the release! xxoo"
2018-06-11
Lawrence & Margaret Husick
$54
"We are glad to support great Jewish rock."
2018-06-10
The Shandler Family
$118
"We can't wait to hear the new music! Rock on!"
2018-06-10
Lizz Goodson
$180
"Happy to host the west coast party!"
2018-06-10
Cantor Josh Breitzer
2018-06-09
Anonymous donor
"VERY PROUD OF YOU, JAMIE"
2018-06-09
Anonymous donor
$200
"לשבור רגל!"
2018-06-09
Shannon and Ted Farmer
$500
2018-06-09
Bill and Andy
$72
2018-06-09
Anonymous donor
2018-06-09
Proud parents Jayne & Gary Marx
$54
"Mazel Tov! We are so happy for you! XOXO"
2018-06-08
Auntie Theresa/ Uncle Tom & family
2018-06-08
Anonymous donor
2018-06-08
Chris and Mark
$36
2018-06-08
Erin & David Frankel
$118
2018-06-08
Judy
"Rock on! Proud of you."
2018-06-08
Anonymous donor
"Go Jamie! Very excited to watch your success"
2018-06-08
The Deitz family
$118
2018-06-08
Ellie & Isaac
$50

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Restless Heart – Cantor Jamie Marx’s Second Album of Jewish Hard Rock

$6,659   raised
GOAL: $14,500

13 days to go

54

 Donors

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Jamie Marx
PA, USA

Jamie Marx serves as cantor of Temple Sholom in Broomall, PA. He released his first album of Jewish hard rock, "In Pursuit," in September 2017. Jamie brings together the sensibility of a lifelong fan of hard rock together with his cantorial training to present a whole new approach to Jewish sacred texts.

  • Eternal Gratitude
    0 claimed

    Thank you so much for your contribution! Your name will be included on the Eternal Gratitude page on my website!

  • Mensch
    4 claimed

    You will receive a digital copy of "Restless Heart" and a handwritten thank you card!

  • Restless Heart CD
    10 claimed

    In addition to the Mensch-level rewards, you'll also get a physical copy of "Restless Heart."

  • Album Package
    10 claimed

    In addition to the Mensch-level rewards, you will receive physical copies of both "Restless Heart" and Jamie's live album "Questions and Demands."

  • Merch Package
    4 claimed

    You get a handwritten thank you; a physical copy of "Restless Heart"; a physical copy of Jamie's live album "Questions and Demands"; a digital copy of "Restless Heart"; a Restless Heart t-shirt; and a "Life Sucks. Shabbat Shalom." sticker.

  • BBQ and Kids Concert at the Marx's!
    7 claimed

    All contributors at this level will be invited to a summer BBQ at the Marx's in the Philadelphia-area! Burgers and hot dogs included, as well as a kid-friendly concert in our backyard. One family per contribution. Based on total number of contributors at this level, we may host more than one BBQ. BBQ date(s) to be determined. All contributors will also receive everything at the Album Package level.

  • Cocktail Party with Jamie & Anna!
    2 claimed

    Contributors at this level will receive an invitation to an evening cocktail party with Jamie as the celebrity bartender! Drinks and hors d'oeuvres included. Each contribution good for you and a guest. Based on total number of contributors at this level, we may host more than one cocktail party. Cocktail party date(s) to be determined. All contributors will also receive everything at the Album Package level.

  • Purim Spiel Back Catalog Sale
    2 claimed

    Jamie's catalog of Purim spiels now comes with a nice discount! Contributors at this level will get a code good for any of my Purim spiel packages. Currently available: Esther: A Persian Musical, The Totally Rad '80s Spiel, or Esther's '80s Prom. (Does not apply to custom spiel packages. See below for the Custom Spiel Package reward level!) All contributors will also receive everything at the Album Package level. For more information about my Purim spiels, please visit: www.cantorjamiemarx.com/spiels

  • Custom Purim Spiel
    3 claimed out of 4 available

    Contributors at this level will get a custom Purim spiel package at a discount. All contributors will also receive everything at the Album Package level. For more information about custom Purim spiels, visit www.cantorjamiemarx.com/custom

  • Commission a Song
    1 claimed

    For all contributors at this level, Jamie will write a song just for you! You pick the text, the style, or any other determining factor and I will put pen to paper and compose. Delivery date to be mutually agreed upon. All contributors will also receive everything at the Album Package level.

  • Producer Credit!
    0 claimed out of 10 available

    At this level, you will be listed on the back cover of the CD as a Producer for a song! All contributors will also receive everything at the Album Package level, as well as four tickets to the Restless Heart CD Release Party and Concert (date TBA).

  • Rock Star
    0 claimed out of 3 available

    Get a 75 minute concert featuring Jamie and his full band for your community! We'll find a mutually agreeable date to rock out together. Travel, accommodations, and sound system (as applicable) are not included. All contributors at this level will also receive everything at the Album Package level, as well as four tickets to the Restless Heart CD Release Party and Concert (date TBA).

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