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Jay Rapoport featuring Chicago Sings & Zach Singer - I Need A Moment

from Attitude of Gratitude by Jay Rapoport

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* 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?


"I NEED A MOMENT" (by Jay Rapoport)

I need a moment of silence
I need a moment of peace
I need a moment without anybody or anything to do
I need a moment alone with me
To breathe, to pause
To hear my own voice
I need a moment of silence
I need a moment of peace

I just need a moment
I just need a moment


I need a moment of action
I need a moment to make it happen
I need to take this energy and this rage
And find a way to make the world a better place
To build, to dream
To take a stand
I need a moment of action
I need to make it happen

I just need a moment
I just need a moment


I need a moment of love
I need a moment of hope
I need a light to shine on the darkest night
Break through the clouds and set me free
To feel, to be real
To hold on tight
I need a moment of love
I need a moment of hope

I just need a moment
I just need a moment



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


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Jay Rapoport Chicago, Illinois

Jay Rapoport, RJE takes Jewish values and texts and transforms them into “Ruach Rock”, a catchy piano-pounding style influenced by Ben Folds and Billy Joel. In 2020 Jay appeared on the Disney Holiday Singalong, defeated his former student on “Who Knows One?” and received a Covenant Foundation grant to compose the theme song for the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland’s “La-bri’ut” curriculum. ... more

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