It is not that he ever left the stage. Since the beginning of his path in the IDF’s Lahakat HaNahal (Nahal Band) Gaon has been an inseparable part of the Israeli cultural collective.
In his new show, which was tailored in his fashion, he presents a true and humorous personal monologue and interweaves the ways in which he personally found his way along the winding, surprising, entertaining, emotional paths of the country.
“This show is entirely musical with theatrical touches. I talk about my life and the crossroads I passed with a lot of humor and from a personal point of view,” said Gaon.
Gaon hits the stage (Photo: Ilan Besor)
Of the hundreds of songs he sang throughout the years, he was compelled to choose those most suitable to the show.
In his opinion, the outcome is “a soundtrack that retrospectively tells the story of the things that took place here from a personal point of view,” he said.
This is a wide-ranged production including a band of eight instrumentalists and four accompanying singers.
“I have a lot of respect for the crowd for whom I am performing,” he said hinting at the show’s name, “Bekol Hakavod (with all due respect) Yehoram Gaon.”
The program will include songs from different periods, or what Gaon likes to call “eternal songs".
“There is a choice, which I back, of performing songs that were written by people I have always worked with and am close to. The consistency of singing in this fashion and along this line is very powerful,” he said.
“I never searched for what needed to be sung, what was important to sing or what is right to sing now. My search is after what I love and what I think people will love to hear. This has been my way since my first day and until now. This way has proved itself,” said Gaon
The last sentence may explain his choice to include his own version of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way" in the show.