Seoul Music

I've been back in Seoul for the past month. I haven't engaged in sightseeing the way I did when I first arrived last year in July. I came this time hoping to learn more about the music scene and to see if I might find a place in it. This time I've been looking for gigs - places where I might be able to share my own songs with an interested audience. At some point I would like to study more about Korean traditional music and  instruments but for now I am exploring my own path.

   In modern day Seoul there is a wealth of venues where artists can put themselves on display. Musicians can be found performing their own original music, as well as the songs and music of well-known artists in all styles and genres, in clubs, restaurants, bookstores and outside in the designated busking areas. There is also a section of the city, the Nakwon Arcade, that houses a strip mall just for music stores.

   Seoul is definitely the city for arts and culture; a huge overwhelming city with l…

That Stuff about Twin Souls....

This post is a continuation of my post called "Believe it or Not". I have spent time learning more about the phenomenon called "Twin Souls", which is not at all the same as a "Soulmate".  Most of us buy into the Disney-implanted ideal of a romantic counterpart who will coming riding on a white horse to steal our hearts away. Or maybe Cinderella and Prince Charming? I have to admit that I resent the existence of these fantasies and myths that Disney has made his fortune on. But hey, that's not the subject of this posting! 
   We cannot know for sure what exists beyond our physical reality. Trust and faith play a huge part in believing that souls travel through lifetimes, some even meet again to fulfill a particular purpose. I recently met such a person; someone with whom, we both agreed, we have apparently shared other lifetimes. The meeting again of our souls seems to be the reason or the "force" that I felt was pulling me to South Korea p…

Believe it or Not

According to many spiritual teachers, all human beings are, in reality, spiritual beings on a human journey.We reincarnate as human beings in order to evolve as souls. (Source

   Life is a journey of never-ending plot twists.

   When asked why I wanted to travel to South Korea I offered a few reasons: "I've never been to Asia," and "I want to present a song to my favorite K-Pop singer, XIA Kim Junsu."

   The truth is that, while those answers are absolutely true, there was another more subtle underlying reason. Something was pulling me there. A feeling, an energy, a force.... pulling me only to South Korea. I had no desire really to visit anywhere else in the region. Just South Korea. Why? 
   I arrived on July 13th at Incheon Airport in Seoul. I had just spent almost four months in Israel with family. It was a long flight even from Israel but I was prepared. I had done a lot of research. I knew what I had to do upon arrival. I took my time at the airport cat…

Tsushima Island, Japan aka Daemado

If you're looking for a fun day trip traveling from Busan, South Korea to Japan you might try Tsushima Island. Koreans know this island as Daemado.

   Honestly the idea of spending a few days on an island intrigued me. It's one of those storybook fairy tale type of things that seems exotic; something everyone should try at least once, right?

   Well, due to the time of year when things were already booked in advance I opted for the one-day discounted return ticket. The price was right. I paid the equivalent of around $28 for the round-trip ferry ticket. Added to that is the $8 required tax on the Korean side and another $6 tax on the Japanese side. Not too bad for a day trip between countries!

   The down side is that you have to go through customs and security which meant standing for at least one hour in lines on each side. This cuts into your touring time on the island. It was suggested to get your return ticket and pay the tax upon arrival so as to avoid the long line l…

How the Hebrew Psalms Helped Me Heal

How the Hebrew Psalms Helped Me Heal © 2017 Ann R. Silverman-Limor aka Rahel

    Rick Flanders, a friend and fan, wrote: 
   The day my battery died ...
   Today I felt drained. After working late many nights and getting up early, talking to India and Boston for hours in stressful meetings, I felt like my battery was dead. I went out to start my motorcycle and its battery was dead too. I jumped the battery and decided to go for a recharge ride for my bike and me. 

   I couldn't put the stress out of my mind. So I decided to play Tikkun by Rahel in my helmet. She was my Hebrew teacher. These are Psalms in Hebrew set to music. Tikkun means to repair or heal. I headed out for the desert east of Grace Point Church (San Diego), listening to the songs of David in a Middle Eastern flavor. 

   The desert was blooming in such beauty from all our rain. I forgot all my stress and my mind was repaired. My wife Becky said I arrived home noticeably better than when I left. Then sh…

An Evening of Roses

Busking is awesome.

   Sometimes this happens:

 While busking at Haeundae Beach in Busan, South Korea, this lovely man came to sing and I joined him as soon as I realized it was the same song!!

   This is a beautiful Jewish song called EREV SHEL SHOSHANIM. The music was composed by Yosef Hadar and Hebrew lyric by Moshe Dor.  The song has somehow found its way into Korean repertoire!
ערב של שושנים נצא נא אל הבוסתן מור בשמים ולבונה .לרגלך מפתן
לילה יורד לאט ורוח שושן נושבה הבה אלחש לך שיר בלאט .זמר של אהבה
שחר הומה יונה ראשך מלא טללים פיך אל הבוקר, שושנה .אקטפנו לי
Evening of Lilys
Let us go out to the grove
Myrrh, Spices, and Frankincense
Is the carpet under your feet Night falls slowly
And a wind of rose blows
Let me whisper a song for you slowly
A song of love Dawn and the dove coos
Your hair is full of dewdrops
Your lips are as roses unto the morning
I will pick them for myself
Here is the history & origin of the song:

   Claire Ha from BeFM Busan En…