- Acoustic Breezes - Rahel
- Shalom! When it comes to hats I have lots of them. In fact, it used to be said about me that I have a "hat face". The truth is that I really do wear a lot of hats; Singer-Songwriter /Jewish-Americana-Israeli, Certified Clinical Musician / Healthcare & Healing Artist, Educator, Mother, Friend, Cantorial Soloist... hmmmm.... they call me "the spiritual one"... passionate and compassionate, world traveler, straight-shooter... In a nutshell.... I'm a person.
Monday, September 26, 2011
This week found me participating in another important cause, together with my employer and colleagues - the Walk to End Alzheimer's. This took place in Manchester, NH. There were a lot of people there, as well as representatives of senior homes, facilities and organizations, who all are connected to Alzheimer's in one way or another and are all in support of this cause. Link here to learn more about the Alzheimer's Association. Connect, donate, participate...
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
I'm thrilled to announce my new website for CONTEMPLATIVE CONCERTS called A CONTEMPLATIVE STATE OF BEING. I encourage you to visit the site, book a contemplative concert for your community, and join the on-line interactive network. Let's learn and share together. Meantime, please enjoy the music! Blessings, Rahel
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Everything ran smoothly. Glenn Beck's "Restoring Courage" events spurred world-wide support for Israel. On August 24th we stood together in NH with Israel. I personally want to give special credit to Brian Grodman, and Dick and Miriam Brown for their commonsense leadership with regard to the VISION event. Many many thanks to flutist, James O'Hare for his deliciously talented and tasteful flute work.
Click here for more video clips about the rally.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Why do I love performing so much? Because it comes with great perks. Click on the names below to see some great perks I've been treated to this past month.
Lia - almost 4 yrs. old
Isabella Rock Star Bella
Lia - almost 4 yrs. old
Isabella Rock Star Bella
It's Jewish Pride night at the Fisher Cats baseball game. Every year it seems that it falls either on or around my birthday. Sooooooooooooo, what could be better than celebrating my birthday at the ball game on Jewish Pride night? I'm not sure how many years I've been doing this - maybe 3 or 4, but I thoroughly enjoy the event. I also want to thank all my friends and family who turn up to celebrate with me. It's a good time for all!
Monday, July 18, 2011
Barukh HaShem. G-D grants you all your wishes and prayers... just not always in the way you might imagine. For years I've dreamed of traveling in a camper, seeing great things and gigging. This summer it seems G-D is listening.... G-D set me up with a job that has me driving a "camper" (literally a 9 passenger mini-bus) and taking the elderly on scenic rides and trips. Additionally G-D has set me up with some very good gigs at Farmer's Markets around NH. I get paid in food and products. Okay, so it's not exactly as I had imagined, but I AM driving around in a small "camper" seeing sites, and gigging! LOL - yes, G-D, you ARE hilarious. Thanks though!
Thanks to Frank, fiddler, I took the ladies on a trip to the fair - the Fairy Tale festival. Frank was kind enough to climb into the bus with his bodran player and play some wonderful fiddle tunes. After he finished I gathered other costumed participants to join the ladies in the bus; Tinkerbell, an Indian chief, a few pirates, some lovely princesses and more... A good time was had by all, thanks to Frank!
It's been a long time since I can say that I'm having a GREAT summer. I'm usually working all the time. In fact, I AM working all the time, but it doesn't feel like work. My job at the Assisted Living facility is finding me in all sorts of fun places.
Today we stopped by the Alpaca Farm. I had no idea that's what it was though. All I knew was that we pass by a farm regularly in our travels and it looks like there are Llamas. Today I had to find out. I stopped the bus and we all tried to determine what was standing behind the fence. As we were trying to figure it out, the owner appeared at the door of the bus. After we explained why we were there, he invited us to drive and park by the the pen to see his Alpacas. What a thrill! Not only that, he brought a pitcher of lemonade for the ladies to drink - after all, it was 94 degrees outside! The little Alpaca was just born two days ago.
Friday, July 15, 2011
It's been some time since I performed for kids. I had the opportunity this week to get back into kid-shape. The kids at the Leach Library in Londonderry, NH were treated to a wealth of repertoire from all my kids cd's and curriculum and a great time was had by all. Kids are our future and most precious treasure. I think I need to get back in kid-shape and back to booking more kids concerts! I'm really good at it. : )
I had a strange moment when the librarian mentioned they were doing a regular "Mother Goose on the Loose" program at the library. She had no idea she had just spent an hour with one of the actual founding inspirations for my good friend, Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen's early literacy program, "Mother Goose on the Loose"; an inspired spin-off of Barbara Cass-Beggs' "Listen Like Learn" and "Your Baby Needs Music" programs for babies and young children! How odd to be suddenly anonymous after spending so much of my life creating just these programs all over Israel in the mid-1980's. How wonderful that it's caught on so well and so many children are now still benefitting from Barbara's genius!
For more great stuff for kids:
Your Child Needs Music
Mother Goose on the Loose
Today was my first day back in the Hospice as a Music Practitioner. It was wonderful to be able to serve others who can benefit from therapeutic music. What is therapeutic music? It's the same as all music, however the goal of playing is to be in "service" as opposed to "entertainment". It happens in some instances that time spent 1:1 is actually very entertaining and that's a wonderful thing when it happens that way too. Today G-D provided both me with an abundance of entertaining sessions and we all had a good opportunity to be uplifted with upbeat music. It was the perfect welcome back to being musically "in service". There were tears to help feel and express any pain, and then there was laughter when sharing memories. It was as it needed to be. AWESOME! Thank you G-D. : )
To learn more about Hospice
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011
What do you get when you play at the Bedford Farmer's Market? Some great organic and homemade food of course. A good time. New friends! Please meet artist, Suzanne Whittaker. We met at the Farmer's Market and then I played music at her opening. This is another reason why I love Farmer's Markets!
Frank and Graci got married. And oh, what an occasion it was! Mazel Tov! Frank and Graci did it right. They gathered under the big tree in the public park, invited loving family and friends, jamming musicians, the general public and had a wonderful day. Thank you Frank and Graci! May you be blessed.
G-D always answers our prayers; however the answer doesn't always come exactly as we imagined it. It seems like I have wanted to have my own camper and take to the roads on tour, musical and just to do it, forever. This was to be the year I would finally actualize that dream. Sadly, the failing economy came around to again postpone that particular dream. Or so I thought. It seems that G-D is indeed listening.
I have a new job; since April I have been working as a driver at an Assisted Living facility. The job description: I am driving an actual mini-bus or van or actually, a 9-seater mini-camper (a Ford E-350 Starcraft). Well, in truth, I am driving an elderly population, taking them on errands and on weekly "scenic rides" around NH. YES! I am actually "on-the-road" traveling down dirt roads, poorly paved back road, and in and out of towns and cities all around NH.
I suppose this is as good as it will get in today's economy and I really must thank G-D for again answering my prayers. Perhaps I will try to be a bit more specific in the future when I make my requests! LOL
We are having a blast! Baruch HaShem!
Thursday, June 30, 2011
This is why I absolutely LOVE "street" venues. This little girl was visiting the Farmer's Market and, after watching me sing for a bit, she inched closer and closer to me until she was standing beside me. I could see she really wanted to sing too. I gave her the mic and we began to sing together. My heart was warmed. Thank you Lia for being such a very special person.
WOW! What fun I had this week. Besides all the great gifts I received from all the vendors at the end of the day, I got to sing together with a beautiful little girl who happened by. She stood and watched me as I sang my songs. Then I sang her a very special song about a Princess. I asked her after that what her favorite song was. She said, "The songs you're singing!". Thank you! Then she inched closer and closer to me until finally she was standing right next to me. I asked her if she wanted to sing. I could tell from the start that she was an artist. Yes, she wanted to sing. I gave her the mic and we began to sing, "Twinkle twinkly little star...". My heart fell in love. Thank you Lia for being you. I also met Suzanne Whittaker, a visual artist, who was sharing my tent. She was simply painting - doing her art. She hired me to play music at her opening reception this Thursday. Take a moment to view her website: http://www.suzannewhittaker.com
Yum! I love Farmer's Market gigs
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Singing for seniors is a true gift; a packed hall w/a respectable listening audience. *I* get so much from our "elders"; perfect individuals with amazing life stories. I decided to sing my originals instead of oldies; a somewhat risky decision. I planned a set w/a good mix of upbeat, mellow, serious, sings along & interactive songs & a good "script" for introducing them all. The outcome was fantastic; lots of smiles & HUGS! I took the risk & we all benefitted!
Sunday, May 8, 2011
I was reading my friend, Bruce Burger's (Rebbesoul), blog about his visit to a very mystical place in Israel called "Amuka". Reading his story about Amuka triggered my memory of my own personal experience at the site and I included my story on Bruce's site. Bruce's blog is very interesting. I recommend visiting it.
The photo is from Bruce's site. Below is what I wrote about Amuka:
I had a very cool experience at Amuka. The year was 1985 and I was touring with Israel's leading all-woman band, Tofa'ah (www.myspace.com/tofaah). We had a concert booked as part of the Klezmer Festival in Tsfat. We traveled from Jerusalem, performed a great concert for an audience of all-women, as per the Halacha of "Kol Isha" and had a wonderful time in Tsfat. We were about seven women, all single at the time, and all looking for a good "shidduch" (match). We had heard about Amuka and about Rav Yonatan ben Uziel's promise to advocate for finding a soulmate. The women decided that on the way home to Jerusalem we would make a stop at the burial site.
We piled into our rented van together with all our "gear" and asked the driver to take us to Amuka. He knew the site and also the way to get there - down a dirt path, through the trees and to the site that seemed to be in the middle of nowhere. The site was exactly as you describe it here in your blog, Bruce. There were are few people there praying when we arrived. We all got out of the van and each woman found her own private place to convene with G-D and also with Rav ben Uziel. Each had her own "siddur" and read or recited prayers and blessings too. When done, we piled back into the van and the driver took us home.
Over the course of the next year, one by one, each woman had found a "soulmate" and by the end of the year each woman, including myself, had gotten married! Was it the trip to Amuka?
Thanks for sharing this very cool place, and the stories about it, with us.
Rahel / Vintage Gold Muse www.vintagegoldmuse.com