Har Adonai is creating music
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Beauty and truth. I need them both in my life. I crave them, long for them.

As a follower of God’s word, the truth part comes naturally. It’s all around me. It’s the beauty part that’s hard.

For years, I found beauty in the counter-culture that surrounds indie rock music and skateboarding. I’ve spent decades writing, recording, and performing music. I put out albums, played in rock clubs and festivals, and went on tours. I even developed a small skateboard brand.

And if anyone ever asked me what my favorite song was, I could tell them right away: “Freak Scene” by Dinosaur Jr. It was a late-80s anthem, with a cynical tone and melodic force that meant the world to me – until it didn’t.

Yes, to me, it’s beautiful. But it’s not true. At a key point in the song, J. Mascis whines out the words:

"Sometimes I don’t thrill you, sometimes I think I’ll kill you, just don’t let me [expletive] up will you, ‘cause when I need a friend it’s still you."

Over time, like the princess and the pea, that line just bothered me. Why did it bother me? Because I no longer wanted to live in a world where love was defined in that way. Where we hurt ourselves and each other, and then we expect everything to be cool. I’ve spent enough days like that – I’m done with it.

"Freak Scene" is an example of beauty without truth.

In 2017, John Mark McMillan released a full-length album titled “Mercury & Lightning”. In the closing song, “Nothing Stand Between Us”, he sings out the words:

“You always find me, in between the thunder and the lightning.”

(The “You” in that sentence is God.)

I want to be found by God, even in the worst circumstances in life.

That line is an example of beauty with truth.

I’ve sought to communicate both beauty and truth in my music. The problem is, I need an environment that honors such a thing.

So I moved my music from the rock clubs to the worship room. Every week, I play for one hour in a worship center in Jerusalem, Israel.

My heart is for this time to become a fully-realized corporate worship experience. This means not just me and an acoustic guitar.

My music project is called Har Adonai. It’s a reference to both Mount Zion (which stands across the valley from my home) and the concept of holiness. And although I write and play the songs myself, they are intended for a 6-piece band.

Your support on Patreon will help me reach a fully-realized corporate worship expression.
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One step closer. I have a journey ahead of me. You're helping Har Adonai go from just me and a guitar, to a fully-realized corporate worship experience with: 5 more musicians, sound and technical help, music instruments and sound equipment, and audio-visual tools to share my worship sessions online.
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$11 of $800 per month
Weekly Worship Sessions



What would it take to get a full, 6-piece, Har Adonai in the worship room?

This amount would go towards:
  • Hours spent in the worship room.
  • Hours spent preparing for worship times.
  • Purchasing music equipment.
  • Website expenses and other related online expenses (to share worship sessions and other content online).
  • Support for other musicians.
  • Support for sound engineers and other technical needs.
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Beauty and truth. I need them both in my life. I crave them, long for them.

As a follower of God’s word, the truth part comes naturally. It’s all around me. It’s the beauty part that’s hard.

For years, I found beauty in the counter-culture that surrounds indie rock music and skateboarding. I’ve spent decades writing, recording, and performing music. I put out albums, played in rock clubs and festivals, and went on tours. I even developed a small skateboard brand.

And if anyone ever asked me what my favorite song was, I could tell them right away: “Freak Scene” by Dinosaur Jr. It was a late-80s anthem, with a cynical tone and melodic force that meant the world to me – until it didn’t.

Yes, to me, it’s beautiful. But it’s not true. At a key point in the song, J. Mascis whines out the words:

"Sometimes I don’t thrill you, sometimes I think I’ll kill you, just don’t let me [expletive] up will you, ‘cause when I need a friend it’s still you."

Over time, like the princess and the pea, that line just bothered me. Why did it bother me? Because I no longer wanted to live in a world where love was defined in that way. Where we hurt ourselves and each other, and then we expect everything to be cool. I’ve spent enough days like that – I’m done with it.

"Freak Scene" is an example of beauty without truth.

In 2017, John Mark McMillan released a full-length album titled “Mercury & Lightning”. In the closing song, “Nothing Stand Between Us”, he sings out the words:

“You always find me, in between the thunder and the lightning.”

(The “You” in that sentence is God.)

I want to be found by God, even in the worst circumstances in life.

That line is an example of beauty with truth.

I’ve sought to communicate both beauty and truth in my music. The problem is, I need an environment that honors such a thing.

So I moved my music from the rock clubs to the worship room. Every week, I play for one hour in a worship center in Jerusalem, Israel.

My heart is for this time to become a fully-realized corporate worship experience. This means not just me and an acoustic guitar.

My music project is called Har Adonai. It’s a reference to both Mount Zion (which stands across the valley from my home) and the concept of holiness. And although I write and play the songs myself, they are intended for a 6-piece band.

Your support on Patreon will help me reach a fully-realized corporate worship expression.

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One step closer. I have a journey ahead of me. You're helping Har Adonai go from just me and a guitar, to a fully-realized corporate worship experience with: 5 more musicians, sound and technical help, music instruments and sound equipment, and audio-visual tools to share my worship sessions online.