Songs offer introspection

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Every faith has something like this time period Ramadan, Lent. All of the songs hopefully will motivate people to live their life to the fullest.” The days between Rosh Hashanah, beginning at sundown Oct. 3, and Yom Kippur, which starts at sundown Oct. 12, are traditionally seen by Jews as a serious time when their life is held in the balance. The goal of soul searching and change for the better metaphorically or literally, depending on the viewpoint is that God will write your name in the “book of life” for the coming year. “I think that music is a very powerful spiritual tool. Craig’s great talent is finding a modern way of expressing traditional thoughts,” said Rabbi Moshe Rothblum of Adat Ari El in Valley Village. “His music speaks to the contemporary ear and soul.” Taubman has been leading alternative musical services for the High Holidays for Rothblum’s congregation at Adat Ari El, Valley Beth Shalom in Encino and Sinai Temple in Los Angeles for years. “Inscribed,” is Taubman’s first solo recording since 2002’s “One Shabbat Morning.” Twelve of the 13 songs, sung by Taubman in Hebrew, are on the gentle, moody side. Taubman described “Im Ain Ani Li,” the final song on the CD, as “a little daring” for him. Joining him on the vocals for the pulsating Middle Eastern rap-reggae-inspired tune are Justin and Jared Stein singing in English and Alula Tzadik singing in Arabic. “Anything worthwhile requires thought and preparation. One of the many things about Judaism I like is the realistic approach to human nature,” Rothblum said. “If you’re serious about changing your life, it’s going to take hard work.” Rothblum said the 28 days during the month of Elul that come prior to Rosh Hashanah is the time when apologies are made to the people you have wronged and asking for their forgiveness. “The goal during Elul is one of making your life better and doing better. Judaism is an optimistic religion,” said Rothblum. “It is possible to do this. We can do better and we can improve.” “Inscribed” by Craig Taubman is available at (800) 627-2448 or Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! STUDIO CITY – In the months leading up to the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, observant Jews question whether God inscribes their names in the “book of life” for the coming year. But before the first apple is dipped in honey or the new year greeting inscribed, spiritual work has to be undertaken. Folk-rock artist Craig Taubman has just released “Inscribed, Songs for Holy Days” that is intended to be a musical spark to examining one’s conduct in order to make positive changes. “There is an intense period of introspection prior to these holidays. ‘Inscribed’ is one tool to get you to think about the path you’ve chosen,” said Taubman, whose CraignCompany is based in Studio City. last_img read more

Yanks Must Wait ‘Til Next Year

first_imgNEW YORK — The quartet leaned against the dugout railing with uniformly glum expressions during the ninth inning, Masahiro Tanaka and Dellin Betances crossing their arms, Brett Gardner dangling his over a railing and Chris Young resting his chin on a hand.The New York Yankees expected better this year than elimination in the AL wild-card game. Many others anticipated worse.“When the season started, no one thought we would be here,” Manager Joe Girardi said after Houston eliminated New York 3-0 on Oct. 6.In the first year after Derek Jeter’s retirement, the Yankees ended their two-year absence from the postseason but did not reach the Division Series. They had a seven-game AL East lead in late July but played .500 ball after and finished six games behind Toronto.Adding closer Andrew Miller, shortstop Didi Gregorius, pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and reliever Justin Wilson helped, but not enough. In the end, the Yankees could not overcome titanic late-season slumps by Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Alex Rodriguez and Brian McCann.“The way this team played here down the stretch isn’t reflective of what this team looked like for most of the season. That’s the frustrating part,” General Manager Brian Cashman said.New York scored 764 runs, second in the major leagues behind Toronto, and the Yankees’ 212 homers were up from 147 last year. But they lacked timely hitting for stretches and a slump-busting ace.David Price, Zack Greinke, Jordan Zimmermann and Johnny Cueto will be available on the free-agent market, but do the Yankees want a long-term contract with another high-priced pitcher who will be in his mid-to-late 30s in the deal’s latter years?They also could use a right-handed bat with power, preferably at second base. The Yankees were especially vulnerable to left-handers when the switch-hitting Mark Teixeira broke a shin in mid-August and Rodriguez slumped.At 30 years, 31 days, the Yankees began the season with the fifth-oldest roster, according to STATS. Rodriguez returned from a season-long drug suspension to hit 33 homers and Teixeira, 35 years old, rebounded from wrist surgery to hit 31 homers and drive in 79 runs before his injury.“Our stated goal is to definitely try to get younger,” Cashman said.With age comes injuries. Will Rodriguez, who turns 41 next summer, stay healthy for a second straight season?“Depth is very important, no doubt. Guys are going to get banged up,” Teixeira said. “Rest helps. Rest is a part of recovery. It’s a part of performance.”All of the Yankees’ primary starting pitchers were hurt at some point: Tanaka (wrist, forearm), CC Sabathia (knee), Michael Pineda (forearm), Ivan Nova (recovery from Tommy John surgery) and Nathan Eovaldi (wrist). Sabathia, 35 and three years removed from his last top season, left the team to check into an alcohol rehabilitation center on Monday.As starters got hurt, the bullpen got taxed. And New York’s offense pretty much collapsed late in the season. From Sept. 1 on, Rodriguez hit .224. Ellsbury .207, Gardner .198 and McCann .174. The club batting average dropped from .274 in June and July to .236 for the remainder of the season, according to STATS.Changes likely will come from free agents and trades. While Luis Severino (21), first baseman Greg Bird (22) and second baseman Rob Refsnyder (24) showed promise during the second half, Cashman cautioned on expecting additional top pitching help from the minors.“I don’t have anybody coming that is of Severino caliber,” he said.Additional stars could be used, too. Average attendance in the post-Jeter era slid from 42,520 last year to 39,922, and the average viewership on the YES Network fell from 288,000 to 259,000.With major changes, the Yankees’ next game that counts may resemble their last. Their opener is April 4 at home — against the Astros.Players left the clubhouse with a modicum of optimism. “I like what we’re going to have next year,” Teixeira said.(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more