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Thursday, December 08, 2022
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Daylight savings has arrived. I’m not a fan of darkness. While exploring ways to light up the nights, my husband and I have been brainstorming and creating new music platforms, radio shows and special events.

So many musicians have been hard at work, thankfully. Eli Levin put out a beautiful version of “Lech Lecha,” a timely song close to our hearts, since we walked to our chuppah last year serenaded by my son Joey Newcomb’s rendition. Reb Eli is one to keep an eye on, as his heartzig music fills up any room.

Moshe Storch and Yehuda Solomon’s “Kah Ribon” is worth a listen. Eighth Day’s newer song “Una Meser” is lively with a great beat and an even greater meaning. Yoel Falkowitz’s “Aishes Chayil” puts a new spin on a Jewish golden oldie, sung every Shabbat night by my husband and folks all over the world in gratitude.

Nissim Black will be in New Jersey in December. Check out his performance schedule for locations. “Away From Here” is a terrific song, one of many hits Black has recently shared. We watched an episode of Rabbi Efrem Goldberg, Rabbi Philip Moskowitz and Rabbi Josh Brodie’s “Behind the Bima” podcast with Black as the special guest. He is a truly humble, talented and devoted fellow as well as a top-notch musician. “Behind the Bima” showcases folks who are intent on making an impact, b”H.

The power of music may only be surpassed by the power of music memories. We were stopped locally by a fellow who shared a music connection from the past. We reminisced, shared insights and memories about music and about people we share in common. It was a lovely, unexpected trip down memory lane, prompted in part by our column here. We are always grateful for friends and feedback in all forms.

Golden oldies, whether Jewish or secular music, transcend time and space. They have the ability to take us right back to the good ole days. We prepared a special radio show in honor of veterans. Our fathers and grandfathers were veterans; one earning a purple heart. We hold a special place in our hearts for those who bravely serve our country. We are grateful to serve the public through our radio shows with love.

I’ve noticed gatherings are back in full force. It’s wonderful to make up for lost time, where possible. Expos, networking events, rallies, learning groups, travel groups, are making use of musical entertainment and inspiration very wisely. Concerts, of course, are always welcome and awaited.

Wishing everyone a cozy, safe, productive winter and Thanksgiving. Each new day/season is a gift from above. It may be a good time to take up learning to play a new instrument. We dance daily around here, learn Torah, swim, bike ride and keep active, yes, even in the cold weather, LOL. 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 writer, 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: [email protected]

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