Open My Lips
Andrew has been writing and performing music for over thirty years. He draws his inspiration from both the hard-driving, secular rhythms of musicians like the Beatles and Yes, to the lyrical beauty found in the music of Debbie Friedman, Dan Nichols, and a host of others who have made their marks in the burgeoning world of Jewish music. For almost half a decade, Andrew has been the lead musician and songleader at a Northern Lake County Congregation. Under the guidance of the Rabbi, his talents have grown and flourished. As one congregant puts it, 'If the Rabbi is our spirit, Andrew is our heart. 'Andrew's music is one of the keys to our services.' Andrew has continued his spiritual journey over the years. He is currently a Music teacher as well as a Music Director, and where he takes special delight in teaching the music of today's brightest composers to the next generation of Jews. He has also become an enthusiastic participant in the URJ's annual songleader's kallah, Hava Nashira. Held in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin on the grounds of Olin Sang Ruby Union Insititute Camp, Andrew joins 200+ songleaders from around the world for five days of learning and prayer, honing his skills under the tutelage of such teachers as Jeff Klepper, Debbie Friedman, Craig Taubman and Josh Nelson.Balancing his love of secular music with the religious, Andrew has found an outlet that allows his spirit to soar, and he has become adept at inviting his audiences, his congregation and his students to experience this journey with him. He continues to write and perform.