CYMBAL ON ONE FINGER
- Joy Krauthammer
Today, as percussionist at Lev Eisha - Heart of a Woman shul, I began to pack up my percussion just before the service ended. (Takes me a long time to pack many instruments.) Thinking wrongly that I would no longer need it, I took off my large cymbal too soon, unscrewing it from the music stand, preparing to pack it away.
What was I to do? Here was the song where I need cymbal. I heard the moment arriving. I quickly placed the cymbal on the top of my left index finger pointing north, while still drumming on my djembe with only my right hand, and I spontaneously took the fat soft padded mallet and played the wide round metal cymbal resting balanced on my upright index finger. I felt very proud of my ingenuity! And I saw others in the congregation near by rows, witnessing me and smiling, if not laughing with me. That I could make others laugh, felt good!
Kabbalistic Sephirotic Counting of the Omer, day 18.
Netzach sh’b Tiferet. Endurance in Balance
I went forth in victory, in joy and harmony.
May 7, 2011