We attended a Bat Mitzvah the weekend before the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was announced in Gaza. The service was held at a reform Jewish temple, a thoroughly modern place of worship where men and women are permitted to sit together, where the cantor accompanies himself on a djembe drum. The ceremony was part...
- Hope Rekindled
This past week has given us more hope for our diseased republic than any other time in 50+ years of paying attention. Observing and participating in a long-overdue peaceful uprising, occupying the streets, feeling the righteous energy of people of all ages, colors, faiths, and wealth (or lack thereof), has…
- Claire Dickson’s “Starland”
Orginally posted on January 04, 2022
The music on Claire Dickson’s new recording, “Starland,” was conceived on a tall ship anchored in the Arctic Circle, where the dialectic between desolation and endless possibilities is truly otherwordly. Using sequencers, multi-tracking and plenty of air space, and moving gracefully from ambient to melodic, wordless to poetic, her songs evoke a sense of place...