I guess there comes a time for every composer when you realize your music is no longer your own.
My time has come.
Last Sunday I rehearsed with an amazing group of teenage musicians – vocals, guitar, ukulele, piano, drums, clarinet and violin – on five of the pieces from “A Shabbat Sweet.” They are going to share their arrangement on March 1, 2013 at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (JRC) for an interfaith youth service. About half the kids were from JRC and half were from the Lake Street Church.
And then the music happened… and I was NOT playing or singing. It was a little difficult not leading the music. But the joy from just experiencing it was more than enough to get me through the difficulty.
Ok. I admit it. I was kvelling (Yiddish for bursting with pride) that music I wrote was being wonderfully interpreted by these young musicians. As I am fond of saying here: WOW!