As double Adar abounds, we’re busy doubling up on joy and progress, musically and otherwise. There’s been a lot of new music production, and we’re blessed to debut and promote much of it on our various live radio shows as well as attend live events. Business seminars are including musical entertainment as well, very wisely in our opinion. Our son Joey Newcomb, together with Lipa Schmeltzer, did an outstanding collaboration at the E-Cap 22 Summit in Florida last week, increasing joy and business productivity in one.
To quote my husband, veteran D.J. Al Gordon, “With the pandemic behind us, happy music furthers healing.” Soulful, authentic singers know a farbrengen would help ease political woes as well, even without a peace pipe. Israeli musicians have been turning up the dial, as our seminary daughter and friends report good reviews on the Israeli homefront musically, as well as the reach of American, British and Brazilian music. The popular song “Thank you Hashem” has been translated and has become a universal language, including a multi-cultural Shabbat zemer.
Eli Schwebel joined us live “on-air.” His sensational song “Stand for you” has climbed our charts and hearts, and made quite an impact worldwide. He shared his journey with us, including how the song came about in response to an urgent situation. As our communities strive to re-balance, out comes a message of hope with testimony of unification. Eli tells us the message was twofold: A promise of support for those struggling today as well as memorializing those lost too soon. The important organization “Amudim” shared the song purposefully in alliance.
Public figures and influencers carry great responsibility. We were threatened by someone for calling out an injustice to another. We will always call out mistreatment. Threats don’t scare us. They energize us. Eli reminds us of the courage it takes to sing about controversial topics. Silence is easier yet according to Rabbi Efrem Goldberg, a New Jersey native currently serving at BRS in Boca Raton, Florida, the sound of silence is deafening.
As has been advertised here in The Link, the Jewish Hall of Fame Show to benefit Makor will be held this weekend. It is a musical event gathering musicians to benefit an organization serving our vulnerable populations of folks with different abilities. We, golden oldies fans and promoters, are happy to see our Jewish music hall of famers in the spotlight, along with newcomers, supporting those who need all of us to “Stand for them” and stand with them: bubbies, zaides, kinderlach and everyone in between, including those who are no longer with us yet forever remembered.
We invite readers and listeners to write, call or join us “on-air” anytime to chat, request or dedicate songs. Gut Chodesh and Freilichen Purim to all. The chain of love/chesed continues...
Al & Sarah (Newcomb) Gordon own & operate 1640 WJPR, a unique Radio Station in hybrid format out of Highland Park/Edison NJ. Al has been dazzling Radioland with his voice & personality for decades. Sarah, a Writer, Realtor & 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: [email protected]