- 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.
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Enjoy these clips with the Wolfson family! It's so much fun when we can share our traditions with each other and the world~! CLIP: DAVID MELECH YISRAEL ********* CLIP: ZUM GALI GALI ********** CLIP: HAVA NAGILA ************* CLIP: CHANUKAH OH CHANUKAH *************
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
Again this year I was honored to provide music for the Peach Festival - a local festival supporting some good causes - and with some great PEACHY dishes. CLICK on this VIDEO CLIP for a sampling. I am playing here with Beth and Sue. FUN FUN FUN!
Saturday, August 10, 2013
For the past year I've become essentially immersed in, obsessed with and addicted to watching Korean films, dramas and romantic comedies. I enjoy the the time spent in getting to know each of the characters as they evolve and develop. I enjoy the wealth of emotion that is displayed. I especially enjoy the historical dramas, the romantic comedies, the dramas based on ancient folk tales, and I love the action films. I love watching the beautifully choreographed sword fights, hand to hand action, kicks, punches..... think Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. Anyway, as a result of way too many hours as a couch potato watching these dramas, I realized that I, too, want to be able to do what these actors can do. On my way home from work one day I noticed there is a Taekwondo Academy one block from where I work. On a whim (though actually pre-meditated!) I went into the office and signed up for my first trial month. I got a uniform, a T-shirt, a schedule, and a list of words to learn in Korean. WHAM! I was given three private lessons to get me started and then WHAM - there I was, a "no belt" beginner amongst awesome multi-colored belted students learning punches, kicks, wood splitting and my first basic form, "Ki-cho poomsay", my first "combo" (high block-kick-punch), a few self-defense moves and doing agonizing warm up exercises involving: jumping jacks, sit ups, push ups, running an obstacle course ..... OY VEY! In the middle of it all I celebrated my 59th birthday! OMG! This week I was tested for my first level, a "white belt", I don't know the results yet but I'm hoping I made it! I've been working hard. There's a lot to learn and it's been confusing, overwhelming but mostly challenging and exciting. Each time I finish a class I just can't believe that I am doing this at my age. Taekwondo has inspired me in so many ways: * I feel physically stronger * I feel mentally more confident * I am challenged and feel good that I can meet the challenges * The community is very supportive, joyful and respectful. * There are people of all ages all learning together (ie: today I tested together with ages 5 and up!) * We achieve our goals step by step, accomplishing one small step at a time at our own pace. I like the philosophies behind each move - and the discipline. There's a lot to be said for this all around. Please enjoy the photos and the videos of my "White Belt Testing" day at Master An's Taekwondo Academy! VIDEOS: KI-CHO POOMSAY; SPARRING: WOOD SPLITTING
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
I've become obsessed with Korean films, shows and dramas. I love the humor, the passion, the art, the emotions, the stories - true, historical and fables - and of course, I have to mention the eye candy - those actors ain't too shabby at all. Lately I am really enjoying the action films. I love to watch the Taekwondo. It has inspired me to actually join a class to learn the discipline. Now, being my age I have to admit that I think I've gone nuts! However, the owner assured me that I'd be fine. Sooooooo, Taekwondo it is then!
Saturday, June 1, 2013
WOW! Today, a stormy day, was blessed with the siting of a complete rainbow - that also became a DOUBLE rainbow in the sky. Unfortunately I couldn't get a good shot of the whole thing - but these photos will give you some idea. Here's a link to the video clip.
I had the pleasure of making music with Frank "Doc" Rudolph (fiddle) and Desmaris (Hammered Dulcimer and Piano) at the WOOD DAY event in Canterbury, NH. I've included info below about the event. Click on the title to see some video clips: Canterbury Folk 1 Canterbury Folk 2 - music starts at about 2:00 Canterbury Folk 3 Wood Days Wood Days, an event like no other, is settling into its new home, (and date- the first weekend in June). After 16 years at Canterbury Shaker Village Wood Days moved a mile and a quarter up Shaker Road to Dave and Anne Emerson's Old Ways Traditions. The many elements of the event- great food, old time and traditional music, demonstrations of a large variety of woodworking skills, hands on woodworking for kids and adults, and antique tools and machinery for all to try and/or see operating have proven to be a fine fit in their new location. Dave's old business of 20 years, Shaker Pine, burned in a spectacular fire. It's been reincarnated as Old Ways Traditions and reinvented as the new location for Wood Days and its sister event, Old Ways Days, the third weekend in October. The fire provided the impetus for a rebuild that has worked out well for the events and for our woodworking-environmental program which now has its own space in our main building.