We're two days into recording, and all seems to be going well down in the studio. We recorded all of the instrument tracks first, and the vocalists will sing on top of them for the rest of this week.

Tomorrow morning, Lisi, our friend Sheryl (whose hand you see lighting the menorah in Maoz Tzur) and I head down Interstate 5 from Seattle to Portland to watch and document some of the recording session. In OyBaby 2, you'll actually get to see our fabulous musicians in action as part of the visual treatment of some of the songs. I also plan to include a short "making of" vignette on the DVD.

Tomorrow night, we have our children's chorus coming into the studio to lay down their tracks. Doug Blauer, the male voice on Cheri Bim Bum, will be returning with his inimitable ruach to lead the kids on a hep cat arrangement of Hiney Ma Tov.

I'm excited to get there, but even more excited to get a CD with some rough mixes of the songs for the drive back. I'll post some samples soon, so keep checking this blog!

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Ok, enough with the commercials, back to the typical blog fare...

Happy Father's Day

Hope yours was as good as mine.

L'Cha Dodi

Is there a more beautiful Hebrew song in words and spirit than L'Cha Dodi?

Come my beloved
to meet the bride,
Let us welcome the Sabbath

L'Cha Dodi was originally a poem composed kabbalist Rabbi Shlomo Halevi Alkabetz. Rabbi Alkabetz was a kabbalist in the 1500's, about 500 years prior to Madonna.

Lately, Stephanie and I have been trying to track down a particular arrangement of the song. It was the one I grew up hearing at B'nai Jeshurun in Cleveland (back when we called it Heights Temple). As far as I knew at the time, it was the only version. Turns out that there are about 50 different melodies for this song

Anyhoo, Stephanie spent hours trying to find this particular tune, so I turned to the fine people on the Hava Nashira Listserv. Within a few hours, I received about 5 responses pointing me to the correct answer.

It was one of those humbling moments when I realized that technology allowed me to do something I couldn't have done 10 years ago. In a matter of seconds, I was able to pose my question to the 2,000 people in this country most qualified to answer it.

You know, maybe this whole Internet phenomenon is for real after all.