This year (2015), I played an engagement party in Del Mar for Valentine’s Day. So romantic! I’ll most likely be playing their Jewish wedding in June, either with my chamber music quartet “Sebastian With Strings” or solo with “SoloYo.” I used to get down playing lots of weddings, much preferring concerts, recording sessions, corporate entertainment and doing instrumental synagogue services, but now I really enjoy them. I think it’s because I’ve gotten more mature and can see the time coming when my own children will be standing under a chuppah. Anyway, mazel tov to the beautiful couple and happy families!
Just got this beautiful Mark VI alto sax made in 1958. It’s by far the best saxophone I’ve played in my entire life. Although I’ve been playing a lot of tenor sax on my corporate and private events, I think I’m going to transition back to alto, since it is such a joy to play this horn. I hope that I can figure out a way to incorporate this horn into my Jewish weddings and b’nai mitzvah simchas along with my soprano sax and beloved Brannen-Cooper flute.
Happy September, everyone. As I look around this jacked up world, I just would like to share this performance of R. Carlebach’s “L’ma’an Achai”, a prayer for peace for ALL people. Hope you enjoy it. Please feel free to share the link.
I composed Every Crying Mother in response to two events The winter after my first child, Sarah, was born, Sarajevo became a contested battleground. The entire civilian population was buffeted by war, disease and starvation. A mourning mother was shown on TV cradling her dead baby who had been mortally wounded when a rocket hit the marketplace. At that moment it struck me that the pain of a mother’s loss was worse than any other imaginable. This song is dedicated to every mother who has ever lost a child. May Sarah, Rachel, Jordan and my wife Roberta never feel the pain of that woman in the marketplace.