Question & Answer With Shlomo Katz - A Musician During Sefira
A Simple Jew asks:
As a professional musician, do you find the seven weeks of Sefira particularly challenging?
Shlomo Katz answers:
To be honest, on a certain level, I find myself looking forward to Sefira and the Three Weeks more than any other time of the year.
I guess I'm not a true musician because I can certainly live without live music, at least for a short period of time.
It is in these times where one is able to get in touch with a deeper realm of one's musical connection to Hashem. It is the level of longing, patience and of gathering thoughts and ideas which can only come from a certain special place of silence.
It only gets tough when you see how broken certain people are, knowing that all it takes is just a few chords to pull them out of wherever they are.
UPDATE: Eitan Katz comments:
When I read my brother's answer, I was laughing because I would of written almost the same exact thing. It’s definitely hard not to be able to play guitar for myself during this time (even though it can be considered practicing...I haven’t really practiced since high school...I’m not gonna start during this time if ya know what I mean). Nevertheless, I still look forward to the this time where I can really exercise my self control with my avodas Hashem. Music is my life and it is so hard for me not to listen to music during this time, and that’s why I live it so much, because it's like a challenge that doesn’t come around to often.