Ladies: Have you seen "The Heart that Sings" yet?

Last spring, I enjoyed the fabulous, soul-stirring, ladies-only film by Robin Garbose “The Heart that Sings.” The film is 100% kosher. Not only are performances by ladies only for ladies only, but contain authentically Jewish content. If you didn’t catch the movie the first time around, you can catch it during chol hamoed Sukkot in the following locations: Boro Park, Monsey, Crown Heights, Toronto, L.A., and Lakewood. Follow this link for times and ticket prices:
There’s also a preview available to watch on the website.

Soundtrack to the novel I’m working on

(picture by Thunder Circus on Flickr)
I’ve been wasting a lot of my precious post-bedtime lately. I’m supposed to be finishing my book, but I find myself listening to groovy music instead. In theory, it’s helping identify with various characters and create atmosphere, but honestly, I’m still pretty much avoiding real work. Here are some highlights.

“Infinity” by Shtar

“Running Away” by Matisyahu (cover of a Bob Marley song)
“I Can’t Be with You” by the Cranberries (female vocalist)
the Diwon remix of “Acharon Acharon, Chaviv” by Lipa Shmeltzer
“You are Never Alone” by Socalled
“Chalomot shel Acherim” by the Idan Raichel Project
“Rachmana” by Ta-Shma
“The Only One” by Moshav
“Down in the Now” by the Crystal Method (with Matisyahu)

A Light to the Nations

There have been several outstanding books in the last few years that, while by Orthodox Jews, were written for the public at large. I’ve mentioned some of them in previous posts: My Before and After Life and Seven Blessings, for example.

Matisyahu (Miller), while he’s received a lot of flak by some members of the Jewish community, has likewise brought the beauty of the Jewish worldview to a broader audience through his music.

First of all, every time someone picks up a book by Risa Miller, Yehoshua November, Rochelle Krich, or Ruchama King Feuerman, they AREN’T reading…I’ll let you fill in the blank. And every time someone listens to Matisyahu, Y-Love, DeScribe, Ta-Shma, or Moshav, they AREN’T listening to…I’m sure you can fill that blank in, too.
There’s merit just from that. So much poison fills our minds when we internalize messages from music, art, and literature filled wrong-headed thinking. Even a morally-neutral alternative is preferable
But the artists I mention above go further than this. There’s just so much beauty in these artists’ words. They fill the readers’/listeners’ hearts and touch them much better than a good mussar schmuess rarely will for the average American…and the audience will remember the message. People will remember the words to a song or poem for years and years, if not a lifetime.
This is the kind of art I’d like to be able to share with the world at some point. An ambitious goal, for sure, but I’m hoping I’ve got years ahead of me to pursue it.
Since Lag B’omer just is past, I’m listing some links for contemporary Jewish music that penetrates the soul.
And here’s a lovely rendition of Matisyahu’s “One Day” by public schoolchildren in NYC: