kaddish in two-part harmonyA conversation between an anthropologist and a musician along with a growing virtual minyan, on themes of death and dying, grief, ritual, and the interplay between music and words.
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Monthly Archives: August 2011
I’ve been thinking a lot about my parents. Not just my mother’s illness and my father’s death, but also about parenting altogether. How are we with our pups? How are we with our own children? How are we with the … Continue reading
For the first time, I attempted to read just the Hebrew/Aramaic column. I tried not to look at the transliteration and mostly succeeded.
He wanted it spelled ‘poppa’ not ‘papa.’ He was definitive about that, but not about much else. I always wondered why. It seemed anachronistic, that spelling, but maybe that’s the point. He was from a different era. How could he … Continue reading
With my horns down to parts and my brain too fried to attempt a piano harmonization, I figured I’d better read the text. Continue reading
Akio’s grampa witnessed the reigns of three emperors, Expansionism, World War II, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Western occupation, Japan’s rise to becoming the world’s second largest economic power and the crash in 1991, and in his last months, an 8.9 earthquake and 10 meter tsunami that were followed by fears of a nuclear disaster.
On Saturday, Mira got a phone call from a cousin. Her uncle Arthur—her cousin’s dad—had just died. Continue reading
Somebody’s cat had died. I can’t remember whose. I’m appalled. Continue reading
I decided to try to play Kogan’s “Kaddish” in a soothing style. Continue reading