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End Note: Five Things You Didn’t Know about… Boruch Sholom Blesofsky

Riki Goldstein

I love my start-up company, Charity Swipe — that’s the electronic tzedakah box at the shul’s exit that enables 15-second direct donations to eight different charities

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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F ive things you didn’t know about singer/composer Boruch Sholom Blesofsky

1. I have a great interest in history. I love reading up on American history, and of course on Jewish history. 

2. I have kept many of the same good friends I’ve had since I was seven years old — obviously I’m also adding new ones, but it’s interesting that a bunch of us have just stayed so close. 

3. I really enjoy figuring out strategy and directing projects. One of my aspirations is to run a political campaign for someone — although I would never run for anything myself. 

4. I don’t do ongoing regular voice training. Instead, I’ll take voice lessons in spurts, like a crash course, for a few months, then stop for a while. I don’t like someone to dictate how I should sing. This way allows me to learn new ways of using my voice, then digest the techniques myself and figure out how to make them mine. 

5. I love my start-up company, Charity Swipe — that’s the electronic tzedakah box at the shul’s exit that enables 15-second direct donations to eight different charities

“Dealing with a different boss every night is THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE OF MY JOB,” says Chilu Posen of Mezamrim Choir.

“More than that, it’s not just one boss — a lot of jobs make you feel like you have 50 bosses: the mechutanim, the chassan, the siblings, the chassan’s friends, and every single bystander who has an opinion on how you should perform. Then, there are all these people who wave from the other side of the hall while you’re concentrating on the night’s performance. If you don’t respond, they feel ignored and upset.” 



 

Chaim Banet’s ROYAL MARCH 

“I always say that I don’t really compose music, I’m just the mailman to bring down a tune from Above. My job in Elul is to compose a new piece of march-style music, which is traditionally sung in Seret-Vizhnitz before Aleinu in Mussaf of Rosh Hashanah. The march is to announce the arrival of the King, as the people prepare to coronate Hashem as Adon Hakol. Right now I’m working on this year’s march—and G-d-willing, it will be ready on time and do its job of uplifting the crowd.”



REWIND

If you could press a button and redo one thing in your musical career, what would you change before hitting Play?

Eli Gerstner

“If I could, I would pull my first CD off the shelves. Back then we had a limited budget, limited know-how, limited technology… now, I can’t even listen to it. But the truth is, I don’t listen to any of my own stuff, unless my kids put it on when we’re together in the car. I can’t, because as a perfectionist, I constantly think that I should have changed the vocal, done the music differently….”

Benny Friedman

Fill the World with Light came out in 2016, and the feel-good-as-a Jew anthem “Ivri Anochi” with catchy Hebrew and English lyrics was its biggest hit. Yet despite the song’s amazing popularity on the airwaves, Friedman says he still wishes he had sung it differently. The middle part of “Ivri Anochi,” a Hebrew section written by Miriam Israeli, begins, “Benei Avraham, Yitzchak v’Yaakov, benei Sarah, Rivkah, Rachel v’Leah,” and every time Benny Friedman hears it, he feels it’s wrong, because that’s not how the Lubavitcher Rebbe said it. “The Rebbe used these words many times, most memorably when he addressed the children at the Lag B’omer Parade. But he said, ‘Benei Avraham, Yitzchak v’Yaakov, benos Sarah, Rivkah, Rachel v’Leah.’ I forgot that when I recorded the word ‘benei.’ I realized my mistake afterward — and I really regret it.”

Shloime Daskal

“When he was still a bochur, Motti Illowitz composed “Veyizku Livnos Bayis Neeman,” a beautiful upbeat niggun full of life. He dropped it into my mailbox, I listened and I liked it. But my producer wasn’t sure about using it on my album, and we left it. Then Sruly Werdyger bought the song and it became huge, sung at weddings every night at that time. I could feel bad, but obviously, the song wasn’t meant for me. The Ribbono shel Olam leads the way for each person, and that success was bashert for him.”


Country Yossi

“I wish I had learned to play keyboard. Guitar is fine, but watching my long-time partner Heshy Walfish perform on the piano is an awe-inspiring experience. I also wish I had taken my father’s advice and taken some voice lessons. The why for that is obvious!” (Originally featured in Mishpacha, Issue 675)





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