I told Jeff Meshel I would take him to see the amazing Amy Winehouse exhibition at Bet Hatfutsot (The Museum of the Jewish People) here in Tel Aviv. He told me she had left the building. How could that be? Good thing I have some photos and memories. I share them here.
This is the true story of how I almost let Ecuadorian future-reading stones get the better of me. Singing with Yehuda Cohen’s big band was a turning point in my musical career and my life!
My first real Jazz Teacher was Professor Zvi Keren. He taught me in the winter of 1974-5. I will never forget him. This morning I found the course notebook. I am excited.
In this book, I get to the bottom of a mystery that has troubled me since the age of four. Did I really plagiarize a song called “Are You Mine” in the mid-fifties, and fool my family into thinking I was a genius? I guess I did. Sorry.
Randi Zuckerberg is an amazing person, talented writer and wonderful singer. Who could ask for anything more? I’m grateful for having jammed and performed with her. Now, if I could only get her to record a Gershwin album with me….
In the 1930’s and 40′, jazz was the mainstream popular music. Then jazz started becoming a musical dinosaur. What happened?
I am sick and tired of all the rumors of how the famous song “Girl from Ipanema” came to be written. The song is actually from a chance meeting in Bali and the ‘girl’ is none other than Audrey Hepburn. You don’t believe me? Read on.
This book summarizes some of my thoughts about sixties music, as reflected in the academic courses I give on music of the sixties at Holon Institute of Technology and Tel Aviv University. Please feel free to comment, suggest corrections, this is a work in progress!! Peace!!
For the past three years, I have been fortunate to teach a multidisciplinary university course entitled “Music of the Sixties – Evolution of the Revolution”. In the last class, I share some of the lessons I have learned as a musician, academic, and product of the sixties era.
This book will help my students who study the course “Music of the Sixties: Evolution of the Revolution” in preparing for their exams. It will also help you too, if you like sixties music and lore, trivia, and have nothing better to do with your time . Enjoy!!
The Beatles are widely regarded as the band that changed rock music forever. Some people think they know everything about the Beatles. So I prepared this little book which will help you test your skills!! If you get everything right please let me know. You may qualify for a prize!!
My singer friend Michal asked me how a singer who is not a musician can choose the key for a song. This book explains, with the help of two embedded videos, how you can choose the key for a song, by learning to play major and minor chords on the piano, and moving them up and down to find your key.
This tongue-in-cheek book is the first one I’ve illustrated using pictures from the Wikimedia creative commons image. Since Ourboox is all about sharing, it’s good to know there are people out there donating their photos for the common good. Coming soon: “How to choose a new piano”. Stay tuned.
This is a blues I wrote many years ago, based on the Biblical story of Lot and his late wife, and the pillar of salt. One day, when I was walking through the streets of Capetown, I heard music. I asked Henry Shields whether I could sit in. OK, I was actually invited. Enjoy!
I met Jack Haber at Stream 2014 and wrote this song for him. We performed it at the conference with the band, but sadly there is no video record. So I had to traipse to Manhattan, track him down and force him to record it again. I must say, this was great fun!
What is a piano for? This is the original version from 1978 with the beautiful sketches of Miki Ben-Cnaan. I haven’t changed a word. It’s probably the second children’s story I ever wrote.
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