daily kaddish: after kiddush


When Mira writes something like a kiddish for our kaddish — and then al-fatihah — and I’m completely exhausted, barely able to string words together, I’m grateful that I get to respond with music.

I read her post well after midnight, after the last of our dinner guests had either left or retired to the guest room. A good friend of ours is moving, so we’d had the whole gang over for a potluck going-away party, and in true George fashion it didn’t break up until there’d been Scrabble and Quiddler. So there I am at 1:30am. I’ve just read Mira’s Kiddush, I’m moved beyond words, I’m exhausted, and now I have to try to remember how to play horn.

I did it the only way I possibly could: I turned up her track in my headphones, started playing, and hung on for dear life. It’s pretty obvious in the recording how tired I am, but Mira’s voice gives it shape.

A kiddush for our kaddish. A kiddush for the best collaborator a kaddish-player could possibly have.

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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