daily kaddish: soothing?

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Mira’s text begins tonight’s Kaddish. Her intentionally “no frills” reading felt soothing to me, and it occurred to me that one purpose of a bereavement ritual is to comfort us—to soothe us—so I decided to try to play Kogan’s “Kaddish” in a soothing style.

I was surprised to find it difficult to play “Kaddish” that way. I’ve been feeling it as a dramatic, emotional piece for so long, it was hard to reimagine it as something that could be soothing.

About erin

Erin Vang, PMP, BMus, MMus, is Owner and Principal Pragmatist of the consultancy Global Pragmatica LLC®, offering custom JMP scripting, localization program management, and facilitative leadership services. She is also an orchestral horn player who freelances in the San Francisco Bay Area and plays assorted brass for the celebrated dance bands Midnight Smørgåsbord and contraPtion. More about Erin…
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