Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Harmonica playing as you have never seen it

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Rabbi Yehuda Lave

Recognize Your Greatness


A person is obligated to say:

"The world was created for me" (Talmud - Sanhedrin 37a), and

"When will my deeds reach the level of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob?"

The Torah attitude is that we are obligated to be aware of our greatness. Feel proud that you are created in the image of the Almighty. Pride in the elevation of your soul is not only proper, but is actually an obligation to recognize your virtues and to live with this awareness.

Love Yehuda Lave

3-Decade Time-Lapse of the Earth

Buddy Green's classic selection of harmonica songs in this video will change your mind about the potential of the instrument. Renowned for this Southern touch, his fast-paced energy and style in this medley earned a deserved standing ovation.

Hebrew Music Museum

From my friend Esthermalka Fein

Chodesh Tov.
A beautiful artsy place to visit, is the new Hebrew Music Museum.com (has a website) in Jerusalem, on Yoel Salomon Street # 10 (where Ben Yehuda St. and Yaffo St. meet, behind bank Hapoalim.). A must see, with state of the art laptops for each visitor, to facilitate seeing the history of each piece in English or Hebrew, and hearing the sounds of the instruments on display.

Did you know that the Scottish bag pipe did not originate from Scotland, but from Persia around 1000 BC.?  They used to use cow hide for the bag and reed pipes for the mouth pieces.  
The name Zither, used for many kinds of string instruments, originated from the Greek word khitara, later used by the Spanish as in guitarra, in English guitar.
Come to think of it, the string instrument the Kinor, violin, the lyre and harp, originated from David Hamelech.  (The Kineret lake is named so, because it is in the shape of a Kinor/harp)
One of my favorite instrument was the flute. Nice sound, easy to carry...music to shepherd the sheep, or us humans.
The clarinet (used in klezmer) is pleasant and lively.
One of the most unusual pieces I saw on display in the colorful and ornate Moroccan room, was a violin, but with a rectangular body, not made of wood, but instead, made of stretched camel skin.   
There were also Yemenite musical devices, like the xylophone sounding Balafon. and African drums like the Djembo   In fact, one can make a musical instrument, just by digging a deep hole in the ground and stretching and securing strings across the hole.  (Some strings used to be made of silk, some, from  metal and nowadays, also from nylon.)  
African drums, like the Djembo, used for celebrations, were often used for assembling groups, for warnings or for sending other messages over long distances. 
What would a Hebrew Music Museum be without a Shofar.  There were plenty of those on display too.
In addition, there were some brass instruments. like the saxophone, trumpets and trombones,   and.hundreds and hundreds of other miscellaneous musical devices as well
On the second floor, there was a virtual Beit Hamikdash, that one can visit with goggles and earphones; a 360 degree, three dimension journey through the Beith Hamikdash, viewing the Kohanim in action.
B'Ezrat Hashem, B'Shana Habaah B'Yerushalyim Habniya.  NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM,


Early Chanukah Song

Louis Armstrong - What a wonderful world ( 1967 )

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Love Yehuda Lave

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