January 2018 Song of the Month

For some of us, the holiday season is a joyous time of celebration of family and loved ones. For others, it can be a deeply challenging and lonely times. I definitely experienced both of these. Sometimes music can really help get through hard times, when it feels like we live in a “Mad World.”

This song was written by Tears For Fears (Roland Orzabal), originally out in 1982. I hope you like this song, and let yourself feel it all. Don’t get down on yourself for feeling down. Remember, Setherino loves you.

January 2018 Blog

Here we are, another start to another year. I have a good feeling about this one. It’s 2018, and 18 is a very special and lucky number. In Judaism, the number 18 means “chai” which means “life.” That’s where the phrase “l’chaim” comes from when you hear people make a toast, it means “to life.”

I wish you much strength throughout this chapter. “What’s it all about?” you might ask. Well, here’s my thought on the matter. Consciously, put your time and energy into what you really believe in your heart to be important. If you can look back on a lifetime or a year or even a minute feeling truly in harmony with how you spent your time and energy, I believe you will be a happier and healthier person. Give it a try. Everyone in your life will thank you for it.

There’s so much in this world that we can’t control. Rather than focus our attention on what’s out of our hands, focus on what you can do in your own world and community and family. You are the most powerful person in your world.

Let this be a year of happiness, peace, passion, play, music, creativity, good health, person growth, connections, nature, laughter, and everything else that fills your heart and soul.

December to Remember

Good day to you, I wish you well in all that is happening in your life. It’s been a full month for me. I went to Wisconsin for Thanksgiving to spend time with family, wrote a few new songs, had many houseguests, experienced some love and heartbreak, taught many classes, have been both following and avoiding the news, and I am currently in a spell of very poor sleep.

December can be a challenging time for many of us with fewer hours of daylight, pressures of the holidays, remembering loved ones who’ve passed on, and just trying to stay warm. Those of my friends in the Southern Hemisphere (Chile, New Zealand, etc) I hope you’re enjoying the coming of summer. To all of you, I send you good wishes.

I want to use this blog post to let you know that you’re not alone with your struggles. Keep hanging in there, and let your friends and family be there for you. Sometimes it can really help to be there for someone else and be an open ear or lend a hand to another. Look to your creative outlets to untangle what’s happening in your mind and emotions. Find opportunities to be active and outdoors when the opportunity presents itself.  And remember, Setherino loves you.

November Blog

Good day to you. Life has been full with performing music, writing songs, and teaching various lessons. I’m extremely grateful for the work I get to do. Most of my work feels like play, and that is truly a gift. I’d like to share a few highlights of the past month.

Once per month I perform music at three different assisted living communities. I have been playing music for them for about 6 years. It is incredibly fulfilling to see and feel the room come to life. I play a combination of original songs as well as some classic cover songs they know. I love to do this song called “The Color Song” with them, and each time we come up with new verses, so it’s never the same twice. Lately, I have also been bringing little egg shakers, and I pass one out to each resident (and the caretakers as well). I play guitar and sing, and everyone shakes along. Even folks that can barely move are able to make a sweet sound by holding the shaker in their hand. We always end the session with “You Are My Sunshine.” After the show, I go around to each person and shake their hand, look them in the eyes, and I tell them how wonderful it was to see them that day. They look back so deeply in my eyes, and I cherish each connection. It fills my heart, and I feel so blessed for these afternoons.

Another highlights was playing for a beautiful wedding. The weather allowed for an outdoor November afternoon ceremony. The couple has requested a few songs to play during the wedding. The love between the couple as well as the love that was overflowing from the guests was so touching. Later at the reception I was asked to play Hava Hagila. People lifted up the couple each on a chair and danced them around, and others danced the hora. It was a rousing rendition of Hava Nagila, and the room was bursting of spirit and joy and love and connection and smiles.  I felt so honored to be part of this special occasion.

These are some of wonderful days at work. Wishing you all the very best is your work and play, and may the two overlap as often as possible!

November 2017 Blog

Good day to you. Life has been full with performing music, writing songs, and teaching various lessons. I’m extremely grateful for the work I get to do. Most of my work feels like play, and that is truly a gift. I’d like to share a few highlights of the past month.

Once per month I perform music at three different assisted living communities. I have been playing music for them for about 6 years. It is incredibly fulfilling to see and feel the room come to life. I play a combination of original songs as well as some classic cover songs they know. I love to do this song called “The Color Song” with them, and each time we come up with new verses, so it’s never the same twice. Lately, I have also been bringing little egg shakers, and I pass one out to each resident (and the caretakers as well). I play guitar and sing, and everyone shakes along. Even folks that can barely move are able to make a sweet sound by holding the shaker in their hand. We always end the session with “You Are My Sunshine.” After the show, I go around to each person and shake their hand, look them in the eyes, and I tell them how wonderful it was to see them that day. They look back so deeply in my eyes, and I cherish each connection. It fills my heart, and I feel so blessed for these afternoons.

Another highlights was playing for a beautiful wedding. The weather allowed for an outdoor November afternoon ceremony. The couple has requested a few songs to play during the wedding. The love between the couple as well as the love that was overflowing from the guests was so touching. Later at the reception I was asked to play Hava Hagila. People lifted up the couple each on a chair and danced them around, and others danced the hora. It was a rousing rendition of Hava Nagila, and the room was bursting of spirit and joy and love and connection and smiles.  I felt so honored to be part of this special occasion.

These are some of wonderful days at work. Wishing you all the very best is your work and play, and may the two overlap as often as possible!

Hello from Setherino!

Greetings from Setherino Bambino. What’s new, what’s new? I’ll update every couple weeks to share what’s going on. At the moment, I’m playing gigs as much as I can, teaching many types of lessons (guitar, ukulele, songwriting, looping, etc) and continuing to write songs.  Some of the projects the that should be coming out within this coming year are my book and app called “Janie and the Hummingbird / Juanita y el Colibrí.” Perhaps, you’ve heard the song? Also, I’m awaiting the release of my first Hebrew album, “Livin’ the Chai Life,” which will be coming out on Cindercone Records.

My band, The Temporary Tattoos, recorded our first album a few backs back. It should be available in early 2018.

I hope you’re doing well and wishing you all the best with everything happening in your life. Please feel free to send me a message with questions or comments. Take care for now!

Hasta luego,  Seth