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Welcome to Episode 26 with Aaron Lightstone. For some reason I am feeling an overwhelming sense of joy and awe because of this schmooze. These feelings started when I booked Aaron, a friend of twenty years, to do the show, and were strong throughout the interview and afterward. I believe the reason my response is so powerful is because…..
Aaron Lightstone is mostly a music therapist at heart. For about 50 minutes of this 80 minute episode, Aaron talks about playing music for people who are dying. Think about that. A person is leaving this earth and their loved ones asks a man who is well-trained as a therapist, is highly proficient on the guitar and who can sing, to join the most private inner sanctums a family can create where the soul of a family member is slowly escaping them and beginning to rise toward the heavens. And Aaron does join them. And he is entirely present through his music, throughout the divine journey starting on earth, that man/woman are taking. What an honor.
While in the room, Aaron plays music the individual loves. He tells us in this interview, how he listens for the dying man’s or woman’s breathe and he plays according to its rhythm. My God! His metronome is the person’s heart beat.
Sometimes Aaron plays and sings Yiddish songs and other times, improvised notes and chords built upon eastern music.
– LISTEN TO THE IMPROVISED MUSIC. CLOSE YOUR EYES. IMAGINE, BEING IN THAT ROOM.
– LISTEN TO AARON’S RENDITION OF TWO BEAUTIFUL YIDDISH SONGS HE PLAYED FOR A WOMAN WITH ADVANCED DIMENTIA. DURING THIS EPISODE. THIS BEAUTIFUL MAN HAS A STIRRING VOICE AND IS SIMPLY MAGNIFICENT AT BRINGING OUT THE SOUL OF JEWISH SONG. IMAGINE WHAT THE ELDERLY WOMAN FELT WHEN HE WAS PERFORMING JUST FOR HER.
Episode 26 of Hatradio! is spiritual in nature. Listening to it is like hanging out in the forest surrounded by nature’s brilliance. Near the second half of the show, Aaron tells us about a band he helped create made up of members with severe physical ailments such as cystic fibrosis. It is called Bliss I-Band. Their instruments? The I-pad. How do some play their instrument? Well Samantha, a member, moves her head and buttons on her the headrest on her wheelchair sends a message to her I-Pad and she plays.
Listen to this Youtube video. ‘Heart of Gold’ by Neil Young…perhaps one of the coolest jam ever, just like the leaves on a tree.
Near the end of the show, Aaron and I schmoozed about Jaffa Road, a fusion band he formed in which he plays the oud, guitar and is a composer of many of its songs. Under Aaron’s leadership Jaffa Road has toured widely in North America, won a Canadian Folk Music Award (CFMA), the John Lennon Songwriting contest, and has 2 JUNO Award nominations.
So, I think I love this interview so much because I felt I was with an individual who is a regular guy who performs acts of kindness and who repairs the world a lot, through his music. I want to do what he does. I want to emulate his kindness. I believe, simply put, this shows personifies what Hatradio! is setting out to do….to inspire through regular folks.
What a wonderful world we share. Hatradio! The show that schmoozes (with regular folks).
Thank you Howard Pasternack for your post-production work. I love my Thursday nights with you. Well done to David Nefesh, a fine singer/songwriter, for his HATRADIO! song. You start and finish the show. You’re our holy book-ends Dave!
Credit for music in commercial:
Slow Burn Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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