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 |  Christine Taylor Price

This next song was one of my grandmother’s favorites. She was an Irish Catholic girl who grew up in Pennsylvania, became a nurse and met my grandfather while working for the war effort and after getting married they started for California. She would tell the story of how they ended up living in Denver by […]




 |  Christine Taylor Price

I have always been a huge Doris Day fan. She is the whole package. Hysterical, a fantastic actress both comedic and dramatic, and was one of the most famous recording artists from the 40’s to the late 60’s recording more than 650 songs. I remember the first movie I saw her in- Calamity Jane. People! […]




 |  Joshua Breitzer

We seem to be living in the age of the “reboot,” when people can’t get enough fresh takes on old tales. And the word “Hanukkah” might even be creatively translated as such. This year’s hit collection of holiday covers and originals, HANUKKAH+, includes the likes of Jack Black, Yo La Tengo, and Loudon Wainwright III, […]




 |  Joshua Breitzer

Over the last hundred years, Hanukkah has swelled in significance and popularity among the American Jewish community. In a twist, this trend strangely seems to suit the ancient rabbinic injunction that the holiday miracle ought to be publicized far and wide. In the last decade, social media has provided countless opportunities for increasingly creative, occasionally […]




 |  Joshua Breitzer

Jewish communities can be found all over the world and can be heard speaking many different languages. Ladino is the vernacular favored by many Jews of Sephardic (Spanish) descent. Also called “Judaeo-Spanish,” it contains elements of Hebrew, Greek, and various Balkan dialects as well. The Bosnian-born songwriter Flory Jagoda brings us this infectious, sultry ode […]




 |  Joshua Breitzer

This medieval poem so closely associated with Hanukkah is often sung to a triumphant, march-like tune based on a German drinking song. Benedetto Marcello, a Venetian contemporary of Vivaldi, composed this wandering, evocative melody that gives new life to the notion of “rededicating the altar” (since “rededication” is a literal translation of the Hebrew word […]




 |  Joshua Breitzer

Hot a gitn Khanike! This week we’re sampling just a smattering of Hanukkah music from around the world and across time. The great 20th century cantor and Yiddish film star Moishe Oysher released a number of self-titled Jewish holiday LPs, including the Moishe Oysher Chanukah Party (1950) narrated by his young daughter Shoshana who, as we hear her […]




 |  Steven Blier

I seem to have spent the week writing about bel canto singing without posting a single aria from the bel canto era. Let’s rectify that with this beauty I found online: the young Renata Scotto singing the Mad Scene from “Lucia di Lammermoor.” It was filmed in Tokyo with what look like the Metropolitan Opera […]