Saturday, August 20, 2011

Oneg Shabbat - Delight!

Shir Exuberance, the Shabbat band I lead at Congregation Kol Ami in Flower Mound, TX kicked off the new season last night.  I am here to tell you that music really does the trick.  No matter how tired or worried a person might be, once we start jamming to Hine Mah Tov and Rabbi Joe Black's Yismechu the energy in the room turns a vibrant color.  Performing and leading worship are intricately and interestingly bound to each other.  I'm singing, sharing non-verbal communications with the musicians, watching the crowd ("I see that woman who hasn't been here before, with a rapturous smile, singing with gusto") and sending my thanks to God for this great gift of Shabbat.  It's such a simple thing, really.

Cheers to Toby Rotman, flute and piano, Jim Porter, guitar and vocals, Deborah Armintor on drums and Marshall Armintor on bass and vocals.  Next up: Simchat Torah service on 10/19/11.  Dancing with the Torah will be taken to a whole new level with Shir Exuberance as the soundtrack.  I'm still smiling, and I think those happy endorphins will last quite a while.