Every artist wants his album to be as perfect as can be, but sometimes he has to take a gamble. Is the song he’s deliberating over going to soar or flop? Is the intro going to become a classic or a sleeper? How do these entertainers know they’ve made the right choice?
Shlomo Simcha — “Would It Be Too Heavy?”
On my second album, Tehillim, I recorded Shlomo Carlebach’s unforgettable “Moshe VeAharon-Mizmor LeDovid.” It’s a bit of a heavy piece with the chazzanus in the beginning, but Sheya Mendlowitz wanted to open the album with it. I was worried about the risk of beginning with something so heavy — what if it fell flat? — but Sheya’s a visionary. Mizmor LeDovid helped put that album on the map.
(Originally featured in Mishpacha, Issue 729)