Episode 61: Laugh, Cry, Grief, Hope with Adam Weinberg

In this episode, Dr. Leah and Taraleigh chat with guitarist and concert producer Adam Weinberg about the therapeutic power of music. The three begin the talk with Adam’s early show days bringing his Jewish tradition of Shabbat to Phish concerts and festivals. Adam describes his perspective on the connection between spirituality and live music and his passion for combining the two. He then goes deep describing his process of grieving the loss of his brother-in-law to addiction and how he used music to process his emotions and work through debilitating anxiety. What surfaced in the end, was a solo album called Laugh, Cry, Grief, Hope that he is now performing live as he tours with Matisyahu. In the “Did you Know” Dr. Leah shares the importance of art creation for healthy emotional expression. Taraleigh helps listeners connect with their own artistic expression through the “Daily Jam.” 

Adam Weinberg started his music career as a solo instrumental guitarist and independent film scorer. His first record, On the Seventh Year, featured a selection of melodies inspired by Jewish prayer arranged for solo guitar. Music from the record was performed with the renowned percussionist Cyro Baptista (Paul Simon, Trey Anastasio, John Zorn) and was featured in the award winning documentary Unsettled. Adam spent more than five years touring with artist Matisyahu for the singer’s acoustic performances world-wide. Adam’s playing with Matisyahu was noted for its inventive arrangements of traditionally simple reggae tunes. 

Adam’s newest release Laugh, Cry, Grief, Hope is Adam's first lyrical album. Nearly all the songs were written in late 2019 and early 2020 during a difficult six month stretch of life that inspired Adam to begin experimenting with serious lyricwriting for the first time in his career. The finished product is anacoustic-band-driven exploration of loss, healing, and a genuine search for joy.    

Find Adam's new tourdates and more at https://www.adam-weinberg.com/.

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