Do you want to participate in a Jewish prayer and music focused project, on the intentions we hold as we engage with the prayers and music and with each other?
Your thoughts, along with quotes from the Torah, Jewish liturgy, poetry and sound healing research will become a book, available first on Amazon as an eBook and perhaps traditionally published. The working title is "Music, The Carrier of Intention in 49 Jewish Prayers." Expected publication date is Oct 1, 2014 and all writing and editing would need to be in by June 30, 2014.
Each of the fifty or so participants (musicians, cantors, and singers) in this project will be asked to write their thoughts in response to these five questions.
1) What is your intentionality while singing during Jewish services? What do you intend with your song? What does the singing draw you towards?
2) "Music is the carrier of intention, so the intention and focus of the person leading liturgical songs is vital to the wellbeing of the congregation." Do you agree or disagree with this statement? What are your thoughts on this idea?
3) "The intention and focus of the individual listening to and participating in a Jewish prayer service, influences not only their own wellbeing but that of everyone else around them because the music connects us." Do you agree or disagree with this statement? What are your thoughts on this idea?
4) Is there a piece of prayer, praise or gratitude expressed in music that particularly touches you? Why?
5) Would you like to share a story about the power of music in your spiritual, mental or physical life?
Each participant will be expected to write a total of 1500-2000 words (3-4 Word document pages) as they answer some or all of these questions. The questions are meant only as guidelines for you to express the way the music touches you and impacts your life.
At this point a number of musicians and spiritual leaders have said yes to being involved in this project including, Shefa Gold, Jack Kessler, Rami Shapiro, Rebecca Swartz, Neshama Carlebach, Aaron Tornberg, Jeff Gold, Sheila Pearl, Ann White, Elizabeth Goldstein, Kimberly Burnham, Arnie Davidson, Ethan Franzel, Shira Kline, Hannah Seidel, Saul Kaye, Andrew Hahn, Marci Vitkus, Beth Hamon, Judy Caplan Ginsburgh, Yofiyah (Susan Deikman), Ruth Anne Faust, and more.
See the links on the right to hear their music, read how they are changing the world and contributing to Kavannah.
Here is what others have said about music.
Hazrat Inayat Khan said, "The knower of the mystery of sound knows the mystery of the whole universe."
More recently sound healer, Jonathan Goldman described a simple formula, "Frequency plus Intention equals Healing." If we can find the right sound frequency coupled with the right intention then healing will occur."
Another sound healer, Simon Heather said, "Recent scientific research has shown how important sound and music have been to the development of the human race. Music evolved and continues to function as part of courtship rituals. Music making creates social cohesion amongst people; it promotes cognitive development and it strengthens the bonds between mother and child. Music contains the mathematical ratios that make up the whole cosmos. Listening to music puts us in harmony with creation. Music can make us feel happy or sad. Music can soothe us or energize us."
"Because of the documented positive psychological effects of using the voice in singing and chanting in a group, a vocal sound healing group shows promise as a complementary treatment for people with depression," said sound healer Aliza Hava describing the research of "pioneers of vocal sound healing include Jonathan Goldman and Jill Purce, who work extensively with overtone chanting, and Silvia Nakkach, cross-cultural healing music expert, author of Free Your Voice and founder of the Yoga of The Voice certificate program."
There is no cost for you to be involved in this project. You will also not be paid for your work. In exchange for your participation you will get your work and ideas published in a book on Amazon, which entitles you (free of charge) to an Amazon author's page, where you may have up to a 4000 word bio, eight pictures, three 10 minute videos of you performing, teaching, or sharing your ideas with the world. The page can also be connected to Twitter and your blog so that your posts show up on Amazon. An Amazon author's page is truly amazing online real estate. We will be giving you some help in the set up of your page, once the book is published. Here is an example of an Amazon Author's page: http://www.amazon.com/Kimberly-Burnham/e/B0054RZ4A0
A short bio (100-200 words) plus a website link (personal website, LinkedIn profile, YouTube video or other url) will also appear in the book, so that readers can contact you directly or see your YouTube videos, etc. There will be a lot of social media and publishing expertise that will support this book as it goes out into the world to touch the lives of the readers.
The following songs are being considered for inclusion in the book as well as others from Jewish Liturgy, High Holy days and festivals:: Achat Sha'Alti, Psalm 27.4 Elul Adonai Ori, Adamah V'Shamayim, Adon Olam, Adonai Oz Psalm 29, 120, Adonai S'Fatai Tiftach, Ahavat Olam, Ana B Koach, Ashrei Psalms 145, Avinu Malkeinu, Bar'Chu, Birchot Havdalah Hamavdil B'rachah, Birkat Hamazon, Brich Rachamana, D'ror Yikra, Esa Einai Psalm 121 Shir Hama Alot, Hachama Merosh - Shabbat Hamalka, Halleyuyah (Leonard Cohen's), Hamalach Hagoel, Hashkivenu, Hine Mah Tov, Ki eleicha, Ki Eshmera Shabbat, L'cha Dodi, L'chi lach,, L'Chun'ran'na, L'Dor Vador, Lev b'Lev, Lev Tahor, Mi Chamocha, Mi Shebeirach, Mikkolot Mayyim, Mizmor L'David, Mizmor Shir, Modeh Ani, Od Yavo, Or Zarua, Oseh Shalom, Ozi v'zimrat Yah vay'hi li li'y'shuah, Rom'mu, Shabbat Shalom - Bim Bam, Shalom Alecheim, Shalom Rav, Shiviti, Sh'ma Yisrael, Sim Shalom, Tov L'Hodot, Tzadik Katamar, Ufaratzta, Val Kulam, V'Shamru, Y'Did Nefesh, Yiddish lullabies, Yih'L'Ratzon, Yishakeni, Yis'm'chu, Zamru L'Adonai
Email us back if you are interested in participating. You can also let us know what songs most touch you and if there is a song that we should consider that is not currently on the list.
Thanks, Elizabeth, Kim and Ann
Kimberly Burnham, PhD, Transformational Author, Principle at the Creating Calm Network Publishing Group http://www.creatingcalmnetworkpublishinggroup.com/anthology-project-music-as-the-carrier-of-intention.html
Elizabeth W Goldstein, Rabbi and Gonzaga University Professor of Hebrew Bible, Jewish Studies and Biblical Hebrew. https://www.gonzaga.edu/Academics/Colleges-and-Schools/College-of-Arts-and-Sciences/Majors-Programs/Religious-Studies/Undergraduate-Programs/faculty.asp
Rabbi Ann White, J.D., Transformational Author, Principle at The Creating Calm Network Publishing Group, http://www.creatingcalmnetworkpublishinggroup.com, and Founder of The Creating Calm Network Global Broadcast Group, www.creatingcalmnetwork.com