Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Hannukah music

Review of a new hannukah c.d. No not Adam Sandler.

The Ohio U.'s Post :

..The LeeVees, Adam Gardner and Dave Schneider, attempt to educate their goyim friends about the festival of lights with a musical standup routine.
With a '60s bubblegum ambiance, which is perfectly timeless for Hanukkah jingles, The LeeVees emulate the feel good sounds of The Beach Boys, The Beatles and The Kinks. They use out-of-the-ordinary instruments such as a banjo, a ukulele, a lap steel guitar, a stylophone (a pocket electronic organ), a Harmonetta (a cross between a harmonica and an accordion) and even a phone call from Schneider's mom.
The display of musical diversity aside, The LeeVees' strongest quality is their hilarious lyrics, such as "Santa's cool/but Hanukkah Harry's the man," "Gramma's kugel was like a dream/She never heard of the South Beach" and "While everybody's dancing to Madonna/I wondered how she got into Kabbalah."
While most of the tracks are inside jokes about the stereotypes of the Jewish community, it is a laugh-at-ourselves album for Hanukkah celebrants but also a lesson book for non-Jews explaining how to spell "Channukkahh," what a Kugel is and the deliciousness of potato cakes smothered in applesauce or sour cream.
The album proceeds like the holidays. It starts at a rapid pace accompanying the hype of snowball fights and cookie baking, then becomes a jovial, light-hearted affair of the togetherness of eight days of presents and family, and finally a somber fatigue of the constant goodwill.
In the opening track, "Latke Clan," it's all about partying. A pulsing keyboard and a plucky guitar accompany a choir of carolers while background noises of a rave resonate with clanging glasses and sizzling oil.
"At The Timeshare," a Hawaiian-themed tune, is an ode to Schneider's Florida-loving mother who loves bridge, bingo and everything about the retirement state. It's hilariously clever, and even Christians, Muslims and Scientologists can relate to their parents' vacation destinations.
The CD ends with "Nun Gimmel Heh Shin," a quiet, wrap up of Hanukkah madness. The song is simply droll babbling that makes for an I'll-cleanup-tomorrow anthem of exhaustion. The words are incomprehensible, but somehow the nonchalant brush-off is the perfect description of the feeling of a stomach filled with jelly doughnuts...

Disclaimer: Non appropriate music is not condoned.

posted by Yeshiva Orthodoxy
at 2:55 PM


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