In 2002, I went for a lunch date that changed my life. Aubrey Glazer told me that Aaron Lightstone and I should meet. We sat down together and little did I know that together we would create a band that would become my musical home for over a decade. We began making music. I had no idea about any of it and no formal notion about how to sing. Aaron introduced me to Yasmin Levy and Ladino music… ears, heart and mind expansion/explosion. Along the way, we met some more music making mates, we formed a band with a name, we got a new name and we met some other music making mates. We travelled from Igloolik to New York, and from Sao Paulo to Alaska. We showed up for two Juno Award nominations and a Canadian Folk Music Award. People got married and had babies. There was sweetness and laughter, frustration and working it out, exquisite highway rides and mostly yummy food.
I grew up in this project and these guys have been my musical family. And you, friends have supported us and me so much as we figured out the art and the business both. It has been a delight and an honour to be a part of it. On September 4th onstage at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto at the Ashkenaz festival, I played my last gig with the full band.
There is no crisis, it is just time to grow. There will be much more music for everyone, of course and Aaron will keep you posted on Jaffa Road going forward. It is indeed a beautiful time of celebration, full of the hard truth of letting go, tears, love and joy about what mystery the future holds for us all. My heart is full if not a little tender. With deep gratitude to the seven gentlemen who have been my brothers in this walk, accompanying me in my learning and growing and shining. With profound thanks to each of you who came out to concerts in the cold, the heat, the bars, the rain, the late, the early, while we were figuring it out and being there for the moments of stunning revelation. A huge hug to you all and a shout out to this fine universe for the adventure that has been and all that lies ahead.