A few months ago I brought in a local Hassidic, folk, duo, the “Rogers Park Band” to shoot a music video for their new single. The song is an ancient melody that is sung during the Jewish High Holiday of Yom Kippur. It draws comparisons on how a craftsman molds his medium into a specific shape or form, G-D acts similarly with us, shaping and designing us intentionally into the forms that best suits us.
When Yosef Peysin (frontman) contacted me to see if I could help them with their music video I knew I had the perfect place for them to film. I had recently told Yosef of Pumping Station one when I showed him the ring that I had just made (How to Make a Ring out of Scrap Copper ) under the guidance of Aushra Abouzeid, the Small Metals Area Host. However, since I;m new to PS:1, I’ve been trying to get authorized on any piece of equipment I could, yet never made it to the Hot Metal Area yet. Ron Olson, the Hot Metals Area Host, responded to my request and graciously authorized me outside of his regular authorization times, due to a tight production schedule. His instruction was wonderful, and I no doubt was a large part of the reason that I didn’t blow up the workshop, burn my self, or space down, and can still proudly display all the body parts I started with (look Ma! A full complement of fingers and toes!). Thanks, Ron!
We scheduled our shoot for early on a Wednesday morning in the hopes that everyone would be at work. Obviously, that was a ridiculous thing to assume. The neighboring woodshop started to fill up with some artisans who, for some strange reason, wanted to turn the lights back on (we had turned them all off and were using special production spotlights to create a dramatic effect). Thankfully, the woodshop peeps were kind enough to give us some time to shoot with the lights off. Thanks, guys!
Here is the final product of our labor. Enjoy! (A translation of the Hebrew words of the song is located below.)
Rogers Park Band: As Metal is in the Hands of the Blacksmith.
Postscript: The Rogers Park Band does a lot of work with disabled, and special-needs individuals, check out another of their music videos working with that theme below!
Roger Park Band: Shared Hearts Music Video.
Ki Hinei Kachomer
A song with a musical charm all its own. It is usually sung without words. But the Chassid Reb Aharon Charitonov, a slaughterer in Nikolayev, Ukraine, one of the famous composers of Chabad melodies, would sing this tune to the words of this poem recited in the Yom Kippur evening prayers.
Indeed, as the clay in the hand of the potter, who, when he wishes expands it and when he wishes contracts it; so are we in Your hand, O You who remembers deeds of the loving kindness; Look to the covenant and do not regard our evil inclination.
Indeed, as the stone in the hand of the mason, who, when he wishes retains it and when he wishes smashes it; so are we in Your hand, O You who gives life and brings death; Look to the covenant and do not regard our evil inclination. – Chabad.org
Concept and Directed by: Yosef Peysin and Mordy Kurtz
Filmed and edited by: Atara Wolf
Additional Cinematography: Berry Cohen
Cellist: Laura Melnicoff
This post is published by bjonnh, but has been entirely written, endorsed and whatever else by Menachem B.