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Is this large or small?

To describe what Ladino songs are about to people unfamiliar with the, I often say that women sang of the large and small aspects of life. Is the situation shown in the video large or small? That the video is…

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Av 9 - The date's place in history ---

I turned on my cell phone and grabbed a practice session for our upcoming local service, after finding myself in an interesting acoustic space. Officially, Av 9 is the date to recognize the destruction of the Temple, but many other…

Mother's Day and Shavuot - the Relationship

Shavuot is coming up and this year I am fortunate to again have the opportunity to chant the Ten Commandments from the Torah during the morning synagogue service. It's a bit intimidating to realize that I am filling in for…

Poster Girl for the Sandwich Generation

The Purim and Pesach seasons were dominated by some changing needs for my mom and lots to think about. Seemingly unrelated, I just read Yoko Ogawa's Housekeeper and the Professor, which I purchased at a library book sale years ago…

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Variety of Voices

Spring, as so many plants are preparing to make their seasonal debut, an interesting time of year in terms of emerging voices. The opportunities to sing different voices are plentiful; Earlier this month I chanted the Ten Commandments at…

Imagining Spring

I bought this star fruit in honor of Tu B'Shvat and discovered I'd selected a very unusual one for the occasion. They usually have five points but this one rose to the occasion of celebrating what I call Jewish Ground…

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Celebration Music

Recent performance included a lesser-known Ladino Chanukah song, as well as my favorite song by Mustard's Retreat. I first heard When the Wolves are Still 8 years ago. Michael Hough, co-writer (with MacFarland), graciously shared with me the lyrics…

Advice from my mom: It never hurts to ask.

Mustard's Retreat, my FAVORITE music group, is coming to my area on December 16. In 2009, I heard them sing a song with the line, "In the time when the moon howls and the wolves are still." This instantly became…

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Malware Danger: Recipe Sites

We have a few specialty dishes in our house that we do well, such as the pie my husband leads us in making for our Sukkot party but I can't claim to be a world class cook. We're always looking…

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Working with new musicians for upcoming show

After focusing on small events with one musician, a creative pianist whose musical boundaries have been expanded by Sephardic music, I was asked to put together a concert for the Midwest Jewish Studies Association, which is being hosted by…

The Man Behind the Woman

I am very lucky to work with accompanists Stefan Kukurugya and Sam Murphy, but the hero today, for my performance at the Detroit Jewish Food Festival, was my husband. Not only did he find the eggplants I wanted to…