Saturday, June 03, 2023

Welcome back everyone! With summer on the horizon we’re busy with all kinds of exciting plans in the music world, and in our personal lives, fueled by having just celebrated our greatest Pesach ever, B”H!

The very talented Bentzi Marcus reminded us in person about the new duet with my son Joey Newcomb, “Parade Paradin” released on Chol Hamoed which has us all in the mood early for Lag B’Omer/Shavuos.

Avraham Fried told us he is a big fan of Joey. Imagine that? The first time Joey met him he said he felt like bowing to royalty. When our singers and influencers collaborate, unity is demonstrated in real-time.

Speaking of unity, don’t miss the upcoming Lag B’Omer concert featuring Joey and Nissim Black, which is a fundraiser organized by two very important organizations: Hatzalah of Metrowest and The Friendship Circle.

Although we’re welcome to backstage pass during most events, we never take advantage of that privilege nor do we ask for selfies. Our entertainers work hard spreading love and light. Boundaries please.

With acapella music taking center stage these days, we enjoyed Luzy Klatzko’s “Yamim Baim.” Voices of youth are always special. Beri Weber released “Eifo Kulam.” Benny Friedman put out a new album, “Whispers of the Heart 3”; “K’ayol” and “Hamalach” are our personal favorites. There’s a host of older acapella favorites not to be missed as well.

We were invited to a Jewish music radio host gathering, including folks from all over the country. It was wonderful to meet new people as well as reunite with others. So much creativity flows through radio personalities. We learned from each other and aim to do so continuously in order to better serve our choshuv audience.

Music finds its place in all events, celebrations and commemorations. One of our newest mentors is a Surfside tragedy rescue hero who humbly shared about providing comfort to those in distress. We are often called upon in that role and feel that music can play a big role in healing, where appropriate.

Rabbi Efrem Goldberg, a Teaneck native, shared details from his visit to the Dee family in Israel, who suffered a tragic loss by a terrorist attack over Chol Hamoed. Rabbi Goldberg encouraged the community to express their emotions, normalizing conflicting feelings and offered hope. He said the voices of souls joined in song, led by Shlomo Katz, was the pinnacle of connection, tears included. May the Holy neshamos of Lucy, Rina and Maia Dee have an aliyah and may all those sick and suffering in any way find comfort and healing.

We can hardly believe Israel celebrates 75 years of independence this week. My years in Israel changed my entire life. My kids later blossomed during their years there as well. We love you Israel! Stay strong!

We were sorry to hear of the passing of singer Michoel Schnitzler. He was a pioneer in so many ways, BDE. May we all recognize our profound impact during our lifetime. We truly are all shluchim (new song) with unique talents to share in this world.

When we step up genuinely in service of others, we promote Hashem in the best way possible. This happens in day-to-day life: supermarkets, airports, events, uber rides, running errands, certainly online, where disguise is easier unfortunately, and it goes without saying that home is our kingdom and most important practice place where actions speak louder than words. Make it fun. D.J. Al loves to impersonate old-time radio promos, cracking me up in the process. He’s the real deal. No artificial intelligence or artificial anything on our turf. Sing it out loud: I believe in you! Hashem believes in us.

Speaking about kingdoms, we’re still awaiting our personal invitation to King Charles’ coronation. Perhaps it got lost in snail mail? Our dedicated assistants continue to filter our mail, email and communication yet to date nothing has arrived. Must be an oversight, LOL! Looking forward to the good music performers at the big event. Gitten zimmer to all! Thank you Hashem!

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]

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