We are commanded to see ourselves as if we personally escaped from Egypt. That means we all perform the Exodus every Passover.
This year, Girls in Trouble (my four-piece band, which plays original art-pop songs about the women of Torah) is performing this mitzvah a new way: as a band. Yes, we are physically enacting the Exodus: strapping unrisen dough to our backs (well, loading a minivan full of matzah and instruments), leaving the familiar streets of New York City, crossing the Hudson River, and setting out to travel the wide Midwest. And we’re going to take you with us, with videos and blogs posted right here!
Tour is always a bit of an Exodus story. You leave the familiar with a mix of excitement and dread, and you never know what you’ll find out there. The band becomes a little tribe, with its own culture and jokes, and you keep each other safe as you wander from one place to the next. We’ll be sleeping on friends of friends’ couches, having Seder with generous strangers, and setting up our mini Tabernacle of amps, guitar stands, and instruments in clubs and cafes: Pittsburgh, Youngstown, Columbus, Bloomington, St. Louis, Chicago, Evanston, Detroit, and Toronto.
Oh, and food should be interesting on this tour: half the band is keeping kosher for Passover, and the other half is raw and vegan.
The word “Egypt” in Hebrew is Mitzrayim, which means “narrow place”. Mitzrayim means something different every year. Whatever it is that restricts us, that holds us back from breathing deeply, from finding joy, from living sustainably, from seeing the big picture—that’s our Egypt. And this is our moment to walk away. And you never know what you’ll find on the other side.
We wish you courage and strength in your personal Exodus, and we hope you’ll join us on ours. And send your friends to the shows!