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We had a hard time naming our new album. How could we describe the sum total of our experiences in just a few words or a phrase? We considered Interstate 95, the East Coast’s primary north-south highway, on which we’ve spent many early mornings and late nights. Another candidate was Music Of A People, a powerful lyric from the musical Les Misérables, which expresses that our music belongs not just to us, but to everyone. And, in line with a long-help a cappella tradition, we couldn’t help but toy with a few kitschier ideas: Orthodox Jukebox, To A Different Beat, The (Blue and) White Album, Maccle-beats and Ari Lewis.
One Day More, another climactic lyric from Les Mis, stood out because it speaks not just to where we have been, but to where we are going. The following is excerpted from the liner notes:
In Jewish law and custom, the third recurrence of an event establishes a chazakah, or permanence. One Day More, a climactic lyric from the musical Les Misérables, is about being powerfully aware that though we’ve achieved our chazakah, the journey continues.
One Day More is about more than declaring that, contrary to everyone’s – including our own – wildest expectations, we are here to stay. One Day More is about the traffic jams spent counting the cars on the New Jersey turnpike; the nights spent on cold airport floors; the hours in the studio trying to get that one perfect take; the low of reading hateful commentary on the internet; the high of hearing from a fan that our music helped her celebrate a Jewish holiday for the first time; the power, pleasure, and pain of singing one more hoarse encore with a roaring crowd.
These experiences do not deter or distract us; it is from these very occasions that we draw the strength to journey on. One Day More is about pausing to reflect on yesterday while simultaneously looking to tomorrow, eyes trained on the next avenue to spread literal and figurative harmony.