Monday, December 3, 2012

Hanukkah Music Playlist (the top 10..)

When I was directing Playing Dreidel with Judah Maccabee, I wanted to come up with some fun pre- and post-show music, and I was confronted with an age old problem: good Hanukkah music.  After searching far and wide, I was pretty proud of what I discovered.  Some are originals, some are reinterpretations of classics.  I've linked to YouTube when there's a good video, to Amazon when there's not.

Here are my top contenders, in no particular order.  Turns out, they add up to 10...

Sevivon, Sov, Sov, Sov (mixed with swing-era Swing, Swing, Swing, interpreted by Kenny Ellis)

Swingin' Dreidel (Kenny Ellis reinterprets Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel this time)

Hanuka's Flame (by Woody Guthrie,  interpreted by the Klezmatics)

I am a Latke (Debbie Friedman)

Nun, Gimel, Hey Shin (Debbie Friedman--sadly, find no good link for this)

Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah (interpreted by the Gbar Girls)

Ocho Kandelikas (Many good interpretations of this, but for the show I used The Maxwell Street Band)

Ocho Kandelikas (I didn't use Florry Jagoda's version, but like it)

How do you Spell Channukkahh (The LeVees)

Applesauce vs. Sour Cream (The LeVees)

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