So You Better Plan Wisely: The first full week of this year was incredibly long and terribly dangerous.
So let's begin this, the second full week of the 2,021st year of the Common Era, with a wonderful song and beautiful video that provide an uplifting message of hope and renewed growth.
G-d knows we need it.
Abq Jew was made aware of this treasure by his good friend, guitarist and lead singer Jerry Wicentowski. Jerry, it turns out, is not only one of the foremost Jews in Milwaukee and Bluegrass (see 2011's The Importance of Banjo) - he is, it turns out, one of the genre's foremost kosher, shomer Shabbos Jews.
Abq Jew was made aware of his good friend Jerry Wicentowski by his good friend, Mo Fiddles (Menzel Violins) owner and music promoter Mo Menzel. "Temporarily" of Livingston, NJ. But, for all the years that Abq Jew has known her, Mo's heart has been in the Land of Enchantment.
There was a time when Abq Jew could just walk over and listed to the classical, bluegrass, and every type of music in between that Mo regularly presented at her shop. Which is how Abq Jew first met up with the band Lucky Break, led by Jerry Wicentowski and featuring his Evanston-based bass player, Marc Edelstein.
Mara Levine is one of the finest Folk-Singers of our time.
She’s in great company with Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, and Judy Collins. When she sings, it’s the Music of The Angels.
A good message for all of us as we look back
on one of the worst days in US history.
And as we look forward to all of
the good days that must surely follow.