“Too much of our liturgy is locked away in a vault of tired melodies and rote recitation. There is an amazing discovery process that occurs when these words see the light of the present day, reflected through the lens of familiar contemporary melodies, instruments and modern language. I’m not looking to replace beautiful traditional melodies, but rather to open a new door of access and understanding to a generation of worshipers; seekers of Jewish spirituality and connection in a secular world. My goal is to create new worship music that inspires and invites, but also shuffles on your iPod without apology.”
Shir Hamakom, Arnie’s Jewish worship music community is a growing example of creating a worship experience from the worshiper up, rather than from the bimah (pulpit) down. “Shelly (Aronson) and I are truly worship leaders rather than performers. Our unique siddur (prayerbook) welcomes Shabbat with 60 minutes of wall to wall music, traversing the ebb and flow of the service in an interconnection of song moments, uninterrupted by sermons. It’s a focused spiritual twist on that Top 40 radio adage of ‘More Music, Less Talk’.” By disengaging the logical mind, we are free to let in the power and vibration of a roomful of voices on a common mission. We let the music do the heavy lifting, subtly drawing in the comfort of community, exhaling the baggage of the work week.”
Arnie’s signature music blends original Hebrew text with interpretive English lyrics, carried by contagious melody, served on a bed of warm and familiar contemporary music. It is new and warm and welcoming. Shabbat music that lasts all week long.
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