As the colors fade and the temperature begins its steady descent I feel content and grateful. I have family, friends, work, music and poetry in my life, and I find that life holds ever new wonders for my amazement.
In poetry at Eye On Life, Donal Mahoney continues his long run of (nearly) weekly submissions and his canon at EOL has grown to be the longest of all our contributors. Other repeat offenders, like J.K. Durick and Erren Geraud Kelly (just to name a couple) have made EOL more of a community of poets where readers can find both the familiar and the new. We are blessed to have attracted these wonderful poets.
On the music front I continue to work to publicize the concerts I will be performing in with Too Klez For Comfort, Unclaimed Freight and my own brand new band, The Rubenoff Project. With the Project I am learning new organizational skills and more about being a leader. ‘Coincidentally’ (ha) my synagogue has been studying soul attributes through the Mussar tradition, and the section on humility was especially interesting. I have long believed that one of my primary missions here has been to learn humility. In the Mussar tradition, humility means taking up one’s rightful space: no more, no less. Thinking myself humble I have often taken up less than my rightful space, but now I learn – and this principle is reinforced when I play music with others – that taking up less space than one should is as bad as if not worse than taking more than one’s fair share. Hmm. Who woulda thunk?
It is very much a pleasure to have so much music in my life. I am very busy with it, composing, arranging, playing, organizing. For several years now I have become steadily more involved in music to the point that now I often write lyrics instead of a poem. I still write more poetry than lyrics, but the percentage of my writing energy engaged in creating lyrics has increased.
Coming up on November 23rd I’ll be playing with the Klezmer band, Too Klez For Comfort, at Temple Beth Zion for the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. We’ll do a few songs and there will also be other music including church and/or temple choirs. It was a beautiful service last year at St. Mary’s Church and I’m sure it will be even more so this year at TBZ.
On December 5th Unclaimed Freight will open the show at Copperfield’s in Boston at 9:30 PM, and on December 14th I will be performing my own music with The Rubenoff Project at the Lilypad beginning at 3:30 PM.
I am still publishing the poetry of mostly others at Eye On Life, so stop by and read. We have new poetry every week.