A good chazzan (cantor) is hard to find. And to paraphrase Some Enchanted Evening, the memorable song from Rodgers and Hammersten's South Pacific, "once you have found him, never let him go."
David Presler, a chazzan in his own right, and also a recording artist, stage performer, and writer of song parodies, has rewritten the song about two strangers meeting on a faraway isle as a paean to the chazzan who is so good that other shuls try to win him away.
David, who will be leading High Holiday services at Tree of Life/Haverim in Lake Worth, Florida, is also serving as rabbi and spiritual leader of the Liberal Temple of Coconut Creek.
He lives in South Florida with his wife, singer Shira Flam. They perform as a duo, David and Shira, singing a range of songs from Broadway to opera to Yiddish to standards.
Now he's under contract. No other shul can have him,
Nor can they entice him to daven anywhere else.
So sit for awhile and daven in style.
The old time chazzones will bring you a smile.
If there's a chazzan in your little town,
Do what you can to keep that man around.
In this video, David is accompanied by Gary Lawrence, a celebrated pianist, band leader, and composer. David, Shira, and Gary are working on Songs of the Sunshine State, a new project featuring lost songs of Florida.
Enjoy and Shabbat shalom!