Havdallah à la Rick Recht, #504


There is an extraordinary magic that happens when a group of musicians come together for a musical weekend. It is different than just going to a concert filled with music enthusiasts, as people who make music analyze the combinations of tone and timbre in a much more profound way with trained ears.

It is for this reason that my tummy butterflies were working overtime as I sang in a round robin circle yesterday at Song Leader Boot Camp (SLBC). Yes, I am an experienced song leader, as I really began my career as a song leader at the age of 13, but all the experience in the world can’t prepare you for being critiqued by such highly skilled peers.

Overcoming nerves and giving yourself the opportunity to be in the hot seat, however, is one of the most valuable moments you can experience in this career. I am so grateful to Song Leader Boot Camp for creating this conference. What an amazing way to improve yourself and your skills as a musician. How lucky am I that I am being coached and nurtured by a room full of top notch musical leaders and people who are learning just like me.

It is Jewish practice to end our weekly Shabbat holiday in a meaningful way, and there are prayers and music and candlelight that accompany this moment during the traditional service. As last night was the completion of Shabbat, it was also the completion of Day 1 of SLBC. Just as Shabbat is to give us purposeful learning, SLBC very poignantly did the same. To conclude the amazing lessons learned in the 1st day of our training, we quite appropriately ended with a Havdallah service. It was lovely and special and a moment I’ll never forget.

I am used to celebrating Havdallah with legendary Jewish composer, Debbie Friedman’s melodies, but what a refreshing change to celebrate it in true Rick Recht fashion with his incredibly gorgeous tune. I did my best to record the moment to share with my blog readers, because it truly is a moment to spread on to all of you. Hopefully it will transcend our loving and peaceful moment and will fill your day. Click HERE to go to YouTube and to share this moment with me.

I am sitting at a lovely restaurant called The Herb Box in Scottsdale, AZ as I write this blog today. There is live music and a farmer’s market right in front of me. As special as it is, I know the music I am about to encounter today will reach beyond all expectations, and I couldn’t be happier.


About tucsonsongstress

I am a music teacher for children ages 6-weeks-old - 8th grade. I am also a camp songleader and a Jewish music specialist with and without my husband who is known as Shabbat Scott. We love singing with people of all ages all over Tucson. My "song of the day" idea originally started by playing music challenges on Facebook. I loved choosing songs, and my friends seemed to love reading and listening to my choices. I have decided to continue a daily blog (or as daily as I can manage) and tell you all some stories through some songs that have touched me either in wonderful ways or by annoying the heck out of me. Hope you all enjoy this blog! Happy singing!

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