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|Wednesday, March 28th, 2007|
|Monday, March 26th, 2007|
|Rosh HaShannah in Tokyo!
I'd wanted to post this last week but life got in the way.
At any rate...
I've been invited to come out to Tokyo to perform a wedding the weekend after Rosh HaShannah and the family has invited me to to arrive early so that I can spend Rosh HaShannah there, as well. So the second week of September, including my 49th birthday, I'll be staying at a nice hotel in Tokyo, seeing some sights, attending services, and performing a wedding. This is definitely one of the coolest things I've done yet as a rabbi (well, it will
a cool thing, as it hasn't happened yet.
So I wanted to share that info with ya'll. I'm psyched about it, though it's nearly 6 months away. Current Mood: excited
|Wednesday, March 21st, 2007|
|Six Months Later...
Well, six months ago, early in the morning of the 20th of September, I was woken from a deep sleep by an immense pain in my chest. It turned out to be a heart attack which put me in the hospital for six days.
Six months later, I'm feeling great. I'm about 1/4 way through a full cardio-rehab program, which brings me to Columbia Presbytarian twice a week for treadmill and weight work. I'm finishing my last semester of my MA, looking for satisfying work in my post-graduation life, doing more shows than ever, even finding time to write a song here and there ("Blue Collar Girl" was premiered in December and it's been a good addition to the set).
So, lots of good things going on and more to come, including a trip overseas in September which I'll tell you about tomorrow. Current Mood: content
|Wednesday, February 21st, 2007|
|I picked the wrong date...
...to do first major Long Island show.
My Saturday, February 24 show is the same night as a major comic convention that many of my Long Island friends will be attending. Originally the show was to be this past Saturday night, a much better night for all & sundry but the club made a minor booking error and so it's this Saturday instead.
My fear is that nobody will be there at all to see me (at Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett, NY, 8-10pm, $10 cover) and that the booking guy will not be a Happy Camper.
Time will tell but, in the meantime, if you know folks on the Island, tell them to go to the show! Current Mood: frustrated
|Sunday, February 11th, 2007|
|Looking Back, Looking Forward
It's been such a busy time these last few weeks that I thought I'd find a few minutes and just take stock of things, something I'd like to do, in general, on a somewhat more regular basis.
In doing so, I've been thinking about 2006 a lot - what I did last year, what kinds of seeds I might have sown in help me this year and in the years beyond. All things considered, when I step back and look at events in the light of the "Bigger Picture," things actually start looking pretty good.
In 2006, I recorded and released a new CD. Is is selling like mad? No. Have a yet sold 100 copies of the thing? Almost. But do I like what I did? Hell, yeah. And the CD is getting me a bunch of concerts in venues I've never played before.
In 2006 I finished my 2nd and 3rd semesters at JTS. Could I have done better? Hell yeah. But I was quite content with my grades and, more important, I'm learning scads of new things and making new friends; hopefully, the kind that will be with me, at least in some ways, for years to come.
In 2006, Alexandra and I celebrated our 25th wedding annivesary. "Celebrated" might be too intense a word, actually. With life as crazed as it is, we really didn't do much in terms of a big celebration. We're hoping to do something this year but we'll have to see what life has to offer us. But 25 years is certainly a milestone to take note of. Lots of folks never make it that far; and we both feel as though we've got another 25+ years to go together.
OK...so, in 2006 I had my heart attack. Could I have been happier without it? Sure. But it was a key experience in my year and, in truth, it really showed me, in a very real way, how much support I have in my various communities. So many people came to visit, sent emails, called to see how I was doing. I don't ever want to go through that again; but it was good to be reminded that I make a difference.
In 2006, I played a batch of shows in the fall, as the year drew to a close. Could they have been better? You bet. Could they have been better attended? Absolutely. Did I learn a lot about performing solo on a regular basis? Hell, yeah. And I'm looking forward to taking those lessons and applying them to this year as I roll forward.
So...how about 2007?
Well, the tour continues, with shows lined up for Feburary and March. A friend of mine in the Finger Lakes is, within the next week or so, going to be taking a lot of the phone call and email work off of my hands. Hopefully, that'll give me time to concentrate on just getting to gigs and putting my best effort out there. If all goes well, I'll have shows lined up through summer very soon.
I'm writing new songs, for the first time in a long time. I debuted "Blue Collar Girl" late last year and have done it again up in the Boston area when I was there for my first show of 2007. So far, it's looking like it's going to be a crowd favorite. I'm definitely keeping it in the set list for the time being.
I've already got a lot of weddings on the books for 2007; and more bar/bat mitzvahs in one year than I've ever had before, as well. Those are two of my favorite things to do and I'm thrilled that I'll be able to spend more time with couples and with boys and girls who really want to go through the process of learning their Torah portions, understanding what being a bar/bat mitzvah is all about, and doing some community service work in preparation for what is truly the next stage of their lives.
In mid-May I graduate from JTS with my Masters Degree. Although I'm not 100% sure what's going to happen after graduation, I feel that my time at New School and at JTS have done me a world of good and I'm very much looking forward to meeting new challenges and finding new opportunities.
And, without putting too fine a point on it, I've got my health. It's just about 5 months since the heart attack; they say that months 4-6 are the toughest since those are the times that a patient might find it easy to backslide. But I'm not backsliding...I'm still eating healthy, doing more walking. Not doing as much exercise as I'd like but I've just started a 2 day/week cardio rehab program which will force me to do treadmill and weight work on a regular basis for about 8 months, which is about 5 months longer than my attendance at a health club a few years back.
So, all in all, life is good. Yes, it could be better. But it has
been worse and I'd like to keep worse away for a while.
Thanks for reading! Current Mood: thoughtful
|Friday, February 2nd, 2007|
|First post of the year
OK, OK, I'm very
late in wishing ya'll a happy new year.
That's because it's been, well, a busy year. Not necessarily in a good way, either.
Alex's dad had a cancerous kidney removed. He's in good shape now, out of rehab, back in his place, but she headed down to Maryland on the 3rd, for about a week and a half.
In the meantime, I had a show up in the Boston area, which went quite well.
My Uncle Nate, my father's brother-in-law died, after suffering his second stroke. We went out to Allentown to visit with family. Couldn't go out for the funeral since it was first week of school. Last semester I had enough problems keeping up for a bit after missing two weeks because of the heart attack; didn't want to start the semester at a deficit.
A friend called collect the other night from a "correctional facility." I love these euphemisms. On the one hand, it's nothing serious (ie, no murder or robbery); on the other hand, any time that you're in lockup, it's serious. So I'm dealing with that, at a distance.
First couple of weeks of school have been good. It's going to be a challenging semester, lots of work, lots of reading, lots of Hebrew text study (which is fun, even when it's frustrating).
Working on lining up shows for the spring and summer. Slow going, so far, but a friend in the Finger Lakes is going to be helping me with some emails and phone calls. Since I"m in school during business hours, that will be a great help.
So I'm feeling a bit scattered and when that happens I tend not to hang out on LJ much. I do plan to be here more often this year though. Honest.
Oh...one more thing...majormagik
is planning a big announcement in a week or so. Stay tuned. Current Mood: tired
|Wednesday, December 13th, 2006|
|One Punk Under God - Premieres tonight on the Sundance Channel
For those of you who are interested, a fascinating 6-part documentary on Jay Bakker, the son of Jim & Tammy Faye Bakker, premieres tonight at 9pm on the Sundance Channel.
The documentary follows Jay as he deals with his mother’s worsening cancer, his estrangement from his father, the fallout as he and his Revolution Church become officially gay-affirming, and as he and his wife of 7 years, Amanda, move to New York City (she’s in pre-med at NYU, he’s starting the NY City branch of Revolution).
Jay is a liberal, democrat, gay-affirming, evangelical Christian and a truly nice guy. I had the opportunity to meet him a few weeks ago when Sundance held an event to promote the series. We were on a panel together about the Changing Face of Religion. It’s a really worth-while documentary and I urge everybody to tune in and watch.
David Current Mood: good
|Friday, December 1st, 2006|
|"Normal" and "Perfect"
These are the two words that my cardiologist used to describe the condition of my heart as seen on the echochardiogram which I had taken two Fridays ago.
Nice to know I still heal well and quickly.
David Current Mood: ecstatic
|Friday, November 24th, 2006|
|This is kinda wierd
First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.
Second...like the subject header says...this is kinda wierd.
There were three football games yesterday, instead of the usual two, with the first nighttime turkey-day game being played.
That's not the wierd part.
It's the scores that are wierd.
In the first game, the Dolphins beat the Lions 27-10
In the second game, Dallas beat Tampa Bay 38-10
In the night game, Kansas City beat Denver 19-10
I can't remember any other time that the losing team on Thanksgiving day had the same score, let alone three teams playing on the same day.
I'm sure it's happened before; but it's still kinda wierd. And kinda cool.
More tomorrow, about something else cool that's happening next Tuesday. Current Mood: weird
|Monday, October 30th, 2006|
|Cardiologist Follow Up
Had my follow-up appointment with my cardiologist this afternoon.
The long & short of it is that I'm really in fine shape.
My heart sustained very little damage; and she expects that it will heal up to 99% of what it was.
My blood pressure is good.
I can pretty much do anything I want in terms of travelling (including flying).
I do need to stay on some of my meds for a couple of years; no problem with that, so far as I'm concerned.
I can make an appointment with the folks who'll set up an exercise program for me. I should be able to sustain a heartbeat of 130 beats/minute without any problems at all once I ramp up to it.
So I'm doing well; don't need to see her again for 6 months unless something odd shows up in my next electro cardiagram and/or blood work (which happens in a couple of weeks).
Color me happy. Current Mood: happy
|Monday, October 23rd, 2006|
|A busy week looms ahead
It's closing in on Midnight on Monday. The Giants are winning 36-25 at the two-minute warning, which is good.
I'm feeling behind on schoolwork, which isn't as good.
Short paper on myth due tomorrow (one page...VERY short...but I have to give it a good end and that's going to probably happen tomorrow morning).
Short one-page outline of a major prayer due on Wednesday morning. It's finished.
Short 3-page paper due for the same class as the prayer paper, due on Wednesday morning. It's not begun yet.
30 or so short lines of Aramaic to translate, due on Thursday morning. Not begun, yet.
5 verses of Genesis 6 to translate, due on Thursday morning, in prep for a vocabulary test. Finished, but haven't looked at it again to go over vocabulary.
Mid-term for Talmud class, due on Wednesday afternoon. Nearly done, thanksfully. Tough test, but it can be done in study groups and my study group, of 3, is a really good one and we'll be putting the finishing touches on our longer essay answers tomorrow. Not worried about that one.
Trying to schedule follow-up doctor appointments so I can get all checked out to see how things have gone since I've been out of the hospital; I was supposed to have one a week after, but wasn't able to schedule. Was supposed to have one a month after, which was a few days ago. This is getting frustrating.
Hoping to make a hair appointmet for Friday so I can look a little neater for upcoming shows.
Meeting with a couple on Wednesday, late afternoon, regarding a wedding in mid-December.
Trying to drum up some more folks to come to the Sunday gig in Connecticut.
Trying to deal with PR for upcoming shows in Albany, Schenectady, Skaneateles (NY), and Erie (PA).
Two hour show to do on Sunday night in Connecticut.
Now mind you, I can do all of these things. It just seems a bit a lot at the moment.
Wish me luck and that I don't lose my mind. Current Mood: stressed
|Friday, October 20th, 2006|
|Wait Until Next Year
After a season in which the Mets were in first place pretty much for the entire season (except for the first couple of days, I think), they lost in the 7th game of the NLCS tonight.
Great team this year; if there hadn't been some key injuries right at the end of the season, things might have gone differently. But hats off to the Cardinals for doing what they needed to do to get to play Detroit.
On the plus side, this does free up at least four nights for me, as I really have absolutely no interest in a Tigers/Cards World Series. Current Mood: frustrated
|Sunday, October 15th, 2006|
|Serious as a Heart Attack
I honestly don't know why I've been remiss to write here about this; maybe it's because most of the people who read my LJ already know about all of this and I don't see the need for them to read it all over again. Perhaps I'm getting tired of talking/thinking about it.
But I need to acknowledge this here so I can, in a sense, get on with other things.
On the morning of September 20, at around 1:30am, I was awakened from a relatively sound sleep by an incredible pain. After spending two hours trying to 'deal' with the pain, I took two aspirin; when that didn't help, we called 911 and got the EMTs up here.
Who told me, as I had started to suspect, that I was having a heart attack. They took me to Columbia Presbytarian hospital, where I got wheeled into the emergency room, given 4 units of morphine to stop the pain, and was taken into an operating room at around 5:30 to have a stent put in, after getting rid of a very large clot in one of my arteries.
I stayed in the hospital until the following Monday, stayed at home for another week, and have started getting back to "normal" life which, for me, means getting back to school and, this past Monday, getting back on stage for the first show of my "Patterns of Light" tour.
More on that later.
Suffice it to say, I'm feeling much, much better and enjoying life.
To all who read this who knew about it -- who emailed me or visited me in the hospital -- thanks a bunch...it means a lot to me. To all those who are hearing this for the first time, my apologies for not having told you sooner. Current Mood: happy
|Monday, September 18th, 2006|
|Let's Go Mets!!!!
The New York Mets have just become the 2006 Eastern Division Champions. I'd hoped it would have happened in Pittsburgh, but great to do it at home. I've been a Mets fan for a long time, went to game #7 of the 1986 World Series and am just thrilled that 20 years later, they're on the way to the World Series again (last time they lost to the NY Yankees).
Let's Go Mets!!! Current Mood: ecstatic
|Friday, September 8th, 2006|
|The Path to 9/11
I'm sure that some of my other LJ friends have mentioned this movie (I'm going to be catching up in a few minutes) but I'll do the same.
On Monday, 9/11/07, ABC is scheduled to air a movie called The Path to 9/11
. Unfortunately, the movie does all it can to lay the blame for the terror attacks on the Clinton administration.
As a letter from MoveOn.org states, "It's not just that ABC's movie is slanted. Big parts of it are simply untrue. The producer himself even admitted to simply improvising a key scene which depicts the Clinton administration letting bin Laden go when they had him in their sights—a complete fabrication. Last night, the movie's star, Harvey Keitel, said 'It turned out not all the facts were correct.'"
When even Rush Limbaugh wonders why ABC is airing this, you know something's up.
MoveOn.org is trying to get 200,000 signed petitions over to ABC in the hopes that they'll see reason and pull this movie. I believe that the fifth anniversary of 9/11 should be a day when we commemorate the lives of the innocent men and women who died and the lives of the brave men and women who tried to save those people in the burning towers and the Pentagon.
I urge anybody who reads my LJ to sign the petition. You can find it at http://pol.moveon.org/abcdoc?id=8706-3425466-Pc8LMaF30lGfB0ki126JQA&t=4 Current Mood: angry
|Tuesday, August 29th, 2006|
|Catching up #2 - the Brooklyn Bridge
Ever since the Brooklyn Bridge was built, it included a promenade so that people could walk across it.
Now, when there were no cars, only horse-drawn conveyances, this made a lot of sense. But even when cars became more common and now when they're everywhere, the promenade still exists, allowing people to cross from Brooklyn to Manhattan and vice versa. You might remember all of the images of people crossing from Manhattan to Brooklyn to get out of lower Manhattan on 9/11.
I remember walking across the bridge once, many years ago, coming back from a jam session at a co-worker's place. But Alexandra had never done it. So two Sundays ago, after attending a concert at Bargemusic (just what it sounds like...a chamber music concert on a barge in the East River), we decided to take the walk across.
It was a windy day but the walk was wonderful. Lots of folks still do it on a regular basis, as part of their commute when the weather isn't dreadful. The views are great, and there are informational plaques by each of the towers which show what the shoreline would have looked like when the bridge was built (with newer building having been added to the bronze plaques as they've gone up). There's also information about how the bridge was built.
The walk was wonderful. We took our time (as we had absolutely nothing to do that evening) and probably took nearly an hour getting across. It's nice to know that after living in the city since '78, she & I can find things to do that we've never done together, right in our back yard. Current Mood: content
|Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006|
|Update #1 - PiCon
Two weekends ago, Alexandra & I travelled up to W. Springfield, MA for the very first PiCon. As first-time conventions go, they did a pretty good job and they seem ready for 2PiCon next year.
Among the guests were mabfan
, who I had the opportunity to moderate on a panel about world building. I also played a short concert on Friday night for a few people and got to sit in the dealers room for a while on both Saturday and Sunday shilling the new CD, along with old ones.
Didn't sell much, but got a bunch of people on my mailing list and, on the way home, picked up a little newspaper which has some venues listed in it. Haven't looked it over, yet, since I'm still going through other lists of places to play but should get to it this weekend.
All in all, a fine showing for first-timers and I'm glad that I went. Got a nice t-shirt for my troubles, too *g* Current Mood: content
|Monday, August 21st, 2006|
Well, it's nearly 11pm, but good evening, anyway.
Lots has been going on the last 10 days or so, much of it quite good.
Concert dates being added, a good convention two weekends ago, time with friends, all kinds of things that I really need, especially before school begins the Tuesday after Labor Day.
I thought I'd just pop in for a moment tonight and be more wordy about these things tomorrow. Current Mood: tired
|Monday, August 14th, 2006|
|Final Note on Tegan - closure
There's a tree outside of our window that gives shade to the fire escape. Every one of our cats has enjoyed sunning on that fire escape and Tegan was no different. As cats have died over the years (three, including Tegan) we have had them individually cremated and buried their ashes by the roots of the tree.
This afternoon, Alexandra and I went down to the vets for one last time to retrieve Tegan's ashes. We buried her by the roots and, after packing the dark soil over the ashes, sprinkled some seeds that we'd received at a wedding a year ago. Whether or not they take root and grow is anybody's guess. But our dear, precious Tegan now rests with Leonora, who she knew; and Cassandra, who she did not know; and we can think of her when the tree gives out its new leaves every spring and know that Tegan had something to do with that tree's continued existence in our courtyard.
So we have closure now, as difficult as the time was for us. And Tegan's earthly remains are near us always; her memory, of course, will always live in our heart.
(PS -- one of my "current locations" is "Living room, with laptop, and cat." Zara isn't a lap-cat, by any stretch. And since we're more than likely not going to get a new cat for the foreseeable future, it's kinda sad that I don't see myself using that location again *sigh* Current Mood: okay