After some good holiday intensity, anyone ready for some abundant joy? Sukkot-style? We‘ve been spending time across three states where we’ve laid down roots: New York, New Jersey and Florida. Gratefully making friends and having fun along the way. Special thanks to those who have relayed feedback on our articles and other productions. We appreciate you.
We also appreciate all of the good new music and up-coming spectacular musical events. Looking back at the Ishay Ribo bash at Madison Square Garden, all we can say is Wowee. What a grand Kiddush Hashem.
Looking forward to an all-star Chol Hamoed concert in Newark, New Jersey, featuring The Dream Team: Avraham Fried, Benny Friedman, our son Joey Newcomb and Moshe Tischler. These events are what memories are made of. Bring the family, let’s farbreng together, one and all.
“Tehilas Hashem” is a joyfully fun song/music video depicting joyful prayers in song—always a goal for us. Singers Ahrele Samet, Yoeli Klein and Suscher Guttman’s kochos can be felt throughout. Nissim Black’s “Scream” promotes a profoundly deep message about the need to raise our voices a notch at times, in order to connect or re-connect spiritually. Been there, very gratefully.
“Mayim Rabim,” featuring Simche and Yehuda Friedman, is a delightful song and display of brotherly love. We knew the moment we heard Gad Elbaz and Netanel Israel’s song “Kol Hatefilot” that it would be a hit. “Enenu Tluyot” by Ari Hill, Yoeli Klein and Shayeh Gross is a great mix of song, sound and a touch of Chazanos. Mordechai Shapiro and Shmuel’s “Yesh bi Emunah” speaks for itself. Collaborations are my personal fave, so we are just overjoyed with this season’s offerings nationally and internationally.
Friends and role models of ours run a popular podcast with both music and life’s lessons about marriage, family, holiness, even practical advice about challah baking, carpools, and more. I see the impact rude comments make on them and their fans. No one wants to associate with bullies or duplicitous people. To those we say, “Imagine if everything you wrote privately was published publicly?” Food for thought.
We’ve got a special sneak preview for you: The very talented Tali Yess, who somehow manages to produce the widest variety of good music out there, will drop his newest hit, “Yom Zeh L’Yisrael,” right after Yom Kippur. This is one not to be missed, in a class of its own.
Lipa Schmeltzer never disappoints, and his new album “Yom Tov Lipa” is no exception. Enjoy. It’s always a Yom Tov when Lipa’s in the house. With a goal to keep family a priority in our own homes this holiday season and always, we put phones/screens down and amp up attention on our loved ones up close. Music can be shared together, finding something to please everyone. As a chaplain, I [Sarah] hear from kids and adults every day lamenting lost opportunities of connection with loved ones. And please remember, our singers and musicians have families too who are eager for their time and attention. Balance matters.
Wishing all a beautiful post-holiday Zman! Let’s be sure and take it with us. The legendary Jimmy Buffett, who just passed away, said that every day was a discovery. May we explore and enjoy our next adventures be’yachad in good health. Thank you Hashem!
Al and Sarah (Newcomb) Gordon own and operate 1640 WJPR, a unique radio station in hybrid format out of Highland Park/Edison, New Jersey. Al has been dazzling radioland with his voice and personality for decades. Sarah, a certified chaplain, columnist, realtor and therapeutic healer is new to radio and new to the Gordon household. Together they hope to blaze a unique trail utilizing their special Koach impacting their children, grandchildren, community, many fans and all others as intended from above, one song and one smile at a time. #TYH Nation YOU matter! They can be reached at: