It's been a while.
Good to see you again. How are you?
Now that we've got the small talk out of the way, let's catch up an get up to date.
American Buffalo (see the last two posts) is long over, but the memory remains vibrant and powerful for me. It was a very short run, in a very small theater, but served a very important purpose in my life. No details here. It just made me feel really good about my skills, instincts, and ability to memorize a hell of a lot of lines.
There are so many things swirling around me right now in both my personal and professional lives.
For those of you who are friends with me on Facebook, you may have seen the massive Home Improvement and Renovation Project that my wife and I took on. We did all of the work ourselves (except for some of the electrical) and I must say, it looks really good. There's a photo album of it on my Facebook page.
My youngest graduated from High School and is getting ready to attend Akron University (if we can afford it. I'll bet you didn't know that college is expensive.) We're still working out the grants and loans and financing, but she's been accepted and is motivated. (In the photo: My daughter Mariah and my mother Greta. My mother is the one with the gray hair.)
Still working on the Songbook. I have a little more proofing and writing to do, and a little more money to raise. The Kickstarter total was based on an estimate from a few years ago, but it covered most of the expense. I don't have a release date yet, but I'll let you know in this and other social media spaces.
The High Holidays are fast approaching and I'll be leading services with Rabbi Eddie Sukol again at the Agnon School/Siegal College of Judaic Studies auditorium. Rabbi Eddie runs a program called The Shul and brings all kinds of Jewish learning and services to people in all kinds of venues including homes and, no kidding, Corky and Lenny's Delicatessen.
I'm not doing much performing right now – there is almost always a Rock My Soul Shbbat service at The Temple Tifereth Israel every month – but I'm extremely busy at my job as the Assistant Director of Activities at Stone Gardens Assisted Living on the campus of the Menorah Park Center for Senior Living. You can see my Stone Gardens blog here.
Musically, I've got some new songs started, but I lack a quiet space with uninterrupted blocks of time to work on them. Let's get the songbook done, then I'll look ahead to financing a recording project and writing the songs for it.
That's about all for now. Stay in touch. Friend me on Facebook. Love your emails and comments.