Thursday, December 02, 2004

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC, MAN

[Editor's note: Despite the popularity of "Seventy-Six Trombones," it is not all about "The Music Man."]

Jewish music's all the rage these days. In addition to the swelling debate over whether Adam Sandler's Chanukah song is good or bad for the Jews, we've got rap battles between Jews and Palestinians in Israel, the launch of Bnai Brith digital radio, and new Chanukah music from The Barenaked Ladies, among others.

Of course, I wouldn't be a blog if I didn't mention that "Hey Ya" song parody. (Now that I've successfully excised the catchiness of the original from my head, here comes the spoof to reinfect my cerebral cortex.)*

Jeez. You'd think we controlled the media or something.**


*Note to the more scientific members of my audience: I do not for a fact know which part of the brain stores annoying pop music hooks. But I do know that "cerebral cortex" sounds funny.

**Despite this anti-Semitic rumor that the Jews run the media, I still don't have my own TV show. So, there you go. Anti-Semitic rumor disproved.


6 Comments:

At 2:35 PM, December 02, 2004, Blogger Ken Wheaton said...

Back when I was in college I received a review copy of a CD called The Renegade Jew. It kills me that I've lost that since then. It rocked. "The Renegade Jew, The Renegade Jew, The Renegade Jew is coming after you." Awwwww, yeah.

 
At 2:42 PM, December 02, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The article mad eit sound more exciting than it acually is. I am listening to it right now. Very traditional sounding. They should've started off with some more contemporary stuff...(who doesn't love Neil Diamond?)

 
At 2:54 PM, December 02, 2004, Blogger Hilary said...

Thank you Esther, I now have the Hey Ya/Hanukkah song stuck in my head.

 
At 4:02 PM, December 02, 2004, Blogger Jack's Shack said...

I am Jewish and I have my own show on Comedy Central. Can you guess which one it is.

 
At 7:58 PM, December 02, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know, E. When the boys and grrl from Jewlicious can get themselves on the radio, it lends an awful lot of credence to the jews on the media theory...and that they don't have very good taste :)

 
At 8:45 PM, December 02, 2004, Blogger dan said...

Esther, do you have, did you have a bubbie and a zadie? The New York Times carried this story today and i invite you to blog about it or link my website. This is for all our bubbies and zadies, yes!

Shalom

Danny Bloom in.....CHINA! Go figure.

Yes, Bubbie and Zadie!

http://bubbieandzadie.blogspot.com

in NEW YORK TIMES today..

> Bubbie and Zadie, NYTimes ONLINE DIARY, Circuits
section
> by Lisa Napoli dec. 2, 2004

- Hide quoted text -
>
> Jewish children have no Santa Claus, but thanks to a
man in Taiwan,
> they have Bubbie and Zadie
(bubbieandzadie.blogspot.com).
>
> Who? Daniel Halevi Bloom, a freelance editor and
reporter, invented
> these Jewish grandparents (the names are Yiddish for
Grandma and
> Grandpa) in 1983 to bring Hanukkah alive for
children, particularly
> those without living grandparents. Back then the
medium was snail
> mail, but Mr. Bloom reckons that today's Bubbie and
Zadie are e-mail
> users.
>
> With Hanukkah days away, Mr. Bloom has been busy
corresponding with
> visitors to his site. Zipporeh Cohen, 13, wrote: "My
own bubbie and
> zadie passed away last year, and I am very sad. I
live in Cleveland.
> Did you by any chance know my bubbie and zadie,
Hannah and Joe
> Freedman? They were so sweet and kind, and I miss
them terribly."
>
> It is not just children who are inspired to write.
Mr. Bloom shared a
> letter from a 45-year-old New Yorker who wrote,
"Thank you from a
> grown-up child who has never forgotten his own
bubbie and zadie."
>
> Mr. Bloom, 55, a Boston native who has lived in
Taiwan since 1996,
> says he has received 10,000 letters from children
over the last 21
> years. He claims to have answered every one.
>
>
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/02/technology/circuits/02diar.html

 

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Thursday, December 02, 2004

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC, MAN

[Editor's note: Despite the popularity of "Seventy-Six Trombones," it is not all about "The Music Man."]

Jewish music's all the rage these days. In addition to the swelling debate over whether Adam Sandler's Chanukah song is good or bad for the Jews, we've got rap battles between Jews and Palestinians in Israel, the launch of Bnai Brith digital radio, and new Chanukah music from The Barenaked Ladies, among others.

Of course, I wouldn't be a blog if I didn't mention that "Hey Ya" song parody. (Now that I've successfully excised the catchiness of the original from my head, here comes the spoof to reinfect my cerebral cortex.)*

Jeez. You'd think we controlled the media or something.**


*Note to the more scientific members of my audience: I do not for a fact know which part of the brain stores annoying pop music hooks. But I do know that "cerebral cortex" sounds funny.

**Despite this anti-Semitic rumor that the Jews run the media, I still don't have my own TV show. So, there you go. Anti-Semitic rumor disproved.


6 Comments:

At 2:35 PM, December 02, 2004, Blogger Ken Wheaton said...

Back when I was in college I received a review copy of a CD called The Renegade Jew. It kills me that I've lost that since then. It rocked. "The Renegade Jew, The Renegade Jew, The Renegade Jew is coming after you." Awwwww, yeah.

 
At 2:42 PM, December 02, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The article mad eit sound more exciting than it acually is. I am listening to it right now. Very traditional sounding. They should've started off with some more contemporary stuff...(who doesn't love Neil Diamond?)

 
At 2:54 PM, December 02, 2004, Blogger Hilary said...

Thank you Esther, I now have the Hey Ya/Hanukkah song stuck in my head.

 
At 4:02 PM, December 02, 2004, Blogger Jack's Shack said...

I am Jewish and I have my own show on Comedy Central. Can you guess which one it is.

 
At 7:58 PM, December 02, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know, E. When the boys and grrl from Jewlicious can get themselves on the radio, it lends an awful lot of credence to the jews on the media theory...and that they don't have very good taste :)

 
At 8:45 PM, December 02, 2004, Blogger dan said...

Esther, do you have, did you have a bubbie and a zadie? The New York Times carried this story today and i invite you to blog about it or link my website. This is for all our bubbies and zadies, yes!

Shalom

Danny Bloom in.....CHINA! Go figure.

Yes, Bubbie and Zadie!

http://bubbieandzadie.blogspot.com

in NEW YORK TIMES today..

> Bubbie and Zadie, NYTimes ONLINE DIARY, Circuits
section
> by Lisa Napoli dec. 2, 2004

- Hide quoted text -
>
> Jewish children have no Santa Claus, but thanks to a
man in Taiwan,
> they have Bubbie and Zadie
(bubbieandzadie.blogspot.com).
>
> Who? Daniel Halevi Bloom, a freelance editor and
reporter, invented
> these Jewish grandparents (the names are Yiddish for
Grandma and
> Grandpa) in 1983 to bring Hanukkah alive for
children, particularly
> those without living grandparents. Back then the
medium was snail
> mail, but Mr. Bloom reckons that today's Bubbie and
Zadie are e-mail
> users.
>
> With Hanukkah days away, Mr. Bloom has been busy
corresponding with
> visitors to his site. Zipporeh Cohen, 13, wrote: "My
own bubbie and
> zadie passed away last year, and I am very sad. I
live in Cleveland.
> Did you by any chance know my bubbie and zadie,
Hannah and Joe
> Freedman? They were so sweet and kind, and I miss
them terribly."
>
> It is not just children who are inspired to write.
Mr. Bloom shared a
> letter from a 45-year-old New Yorker who wrote,
"Thank you from a
> grown-up child who has never forgotten his own
bubbie and zadie."
>
> Mr. Bloom, 55, a Boston native who has lived in
Taiwan since 1996,
> says he has received 10,000 letters from children
over the last 21
> years. He claims to have answered every one.
>
>
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/02/technology/circuits/02diar.html

 

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