* Based on the narrative of the concluding prayers of the Jewish worship service - a silent moment of personal prayer following the Amidah (standing central prayer), Oseh Shalom - a prayer for peace, Aleinu - a call to action, Mourner's Kaddish - dedication to the memory of loved ones, and a closing song. This is the moment of transition from the prayer service back into everyday life.
* Composed a cappella on the Bayit porch swing at URJ Camp OSRUI in May 2019, based on a lyric idea saved on my iPhone from fall 2015, and part of my English service project.
* Eventually fleshed out on guitar, and workshopped with Kenneth Lyonswright (who contributed great chord ideas) and Rachel Mylan (who encouraged me to rock it out) - both of whom appear singing on this album.
* Arranged for debut with my frequent collaborators Laurie Akers, Cantor Jay O’Brien and Cantor Shanna Zell at the URJ Biennial gathering in Chicago, December 2019 during a rehearsal for my Jewish Rock Radio stage set. Premiered as a Facebook video the night before the show. Thrilled to be able to gather them (remotely) along with Kenneth for the studio recording of this song.
GRATITUDE REFLECTION: When can you find a few minutes today just for you? What do you want to accomplish?
from Attitude of Gratitude
track released November 30, 2021
Music & Lyrics by Jay Rapoport
"The Moment" solo conceived by Zach Singer
Copyright Maxfun Music 2019 (ASCAP), all rights reserved
Backing vocals by Jewish Rock Radio's "Chicago Sings" featuring Laurie Akers, Kenneth Lyonswright and Cantor Jay O’Brien
with special guest Cantor Shanna Zell
Lead Vocals, Piano, Fender Rhodes, Hammond B3 Organ: Jay Rapoport
Bass, Acoustic and Electric Guitars (P Bass, Martin D35, Brian Moore I2P solo): Zach Singer
Drums: Walker Adams
Jay Rapoport and Laurie Akers recorded by Andy Shoemaker at Rax Trax in Chicago, IL
Cantor Shanna Zell recorded by Joel Edinberg in Boston, MA
Kenneth Lyonswright & Cantor Jay O'Brien vocals recorded at home in Chicagoland, IL
Zach Singer recorded at Star Guitar Records in Austin, TX
Walker Adams recorded at home in upstate NY
Mixed by Tom Deis
Graphic Design by Rick Lupert
Executive Consultant Cantor Ross Wolman
Produced & Arranged by Zach Singer at Star Guitar Records in Austin, TX