Tweet Consider this a footnote to my series: How I Married Karen. First the song, then the story: A few days ago I was watching a movie when suddenly, in the middle of a scene, Dusty Springfield’s “I Only Want To Be With You” kicked in over the soundtrack. So riveted was I by [...]
Tweet Here’s an original Chanukah song from the Ein Prat Fountainheads And of course, a Merry Christmas to our cherished Christian friends.
Tweet …In the seventh month, on the first of the month, there shall be a sabbath for you, a remembrance with shofar blasts, a holy convocation. —Leviticus 16:24 Tonight begins Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year of 5772, a time of prayer, introspection, repentance, and the ushering in of the Ten Days of Awe that [...]
Tweet The proliferation of flash mobs and lip dubs has become something of a western ritual, a ritual that expresses joy in the public sphere. It’s important to understand that these highly choreographed dances are, first and foremost, expressions of freedom. And of course, these mini Busby Berkeley scenes come to us from Democratic societies [...]
Tweet It’s Friday. Normally we present Friday Footwear, Friday Fotos or Friday Flickers. But we’ve been holding this You Tube video for a few days and we’re anxious to share it with our readers. H/T Stroker Two fine companion pieces to this song are Daniel Greenfield’s essay: The Immorality of the Moral High Ground, and [...]
Tweet I need a break. This week Karen and I gagged as President Barack Obama degraded the office by appearing on the Jay Leno Show. The MSM called the appearance “historic.” We see it as further evidence that President Obama has not a clue as to the gravity of his job. This week we saw [...]
Tweet Two weeks ago I bought a new computer—a Mac, natch. A sleek, black number with a “13 inch screen, 2 GB of memory and a 2.4 Ghz Intel Core Duo. I’m a happy puppy. Happier still because I got a free i-Pod touch with my computer, and let me tell you, this little baby [...]
Tweet Okay, Seraphic Secret needs to take a break from politics. The bad news has been coming so fast and furiously that my head is spinning. I’m talking migraine city. Here’s a nice musical antidote for what ails a striking screenwriter. Interpolation:How come people in shul walk up to me and say: “Hey, Robert, does [...]
Tweet This is my relationship to music, honest to G-d: 1. I consider almost all music to be potential scores to the real thing—movies. Hence, when Amadeus was produced, I heaved a sigh a relief that Mozart’s music was finally being put to some good use. Please, no hate mail. I confess, I’m a cultural [...]
Tweet Step into my office these days and it’s likely that you’ll hear the wonderful new CD by the Yeshiva Flatbush High School Choirs, Y’hey Shalom, There Will be Peace. I continually play this new disc as I write my latest screenplay: the tale of a counter-terrorist female sniper. What can I say: This music [...]
Tweet The year was 1956. Elvis was thin as a celery stalk, not yet strung-out on drugs, and singing with all his soul. Here is The King, live, singing Heartbreak Hotel.
Tweet This is a lovely site. From Brown University, their collection of Yiddish sheet music.
Tweet From Seraphic Friend Yehudit at Kesher, a pre-Shabbos song from the Klezmatics live in Berlin. Yehudit instructs us to play it LOUD.
Tweet I don’t often recommend Jewish CD’s to my readers because, well, in truth, much of the Jewish music that’s produced is of the extreme ay-yay-yay genre, which gives me a migraine, or is music that we’ve heard a zillion times before and is just plain bo-ring. Seraphic Secret recently received a truly fine CD [...]
Tweet Avi, one of Ariel’s ZT’L best friends, used to come to Ariel’s hospital room, hold my son’s hand and sing songs for him. One of my most vivid memories is Ariel’s last Passover, when Avi recited Shir Hashirim, The Song of Songs for Ariel in the Intensive Care Unit. Music lifted my son’s soul. [...]
Tweet The other day, after hours and hours of writing, I stepped into the house for a break. There was a knock at the door and hermit that I am I peeked through the wooden slats. Who can that be in the middle of the afternoon? I worried. I breathed a sigh of relief and [...]
Tweet As a follow up to my blog about the music we listen to, let me add two wonderful CD’s by the Yeshiva of Flatbush HS Choir: Nashir B’ron, and Triumph of the Spirit. Both discs are stunning choral works with songs that cover a wide range of emotional notes. There are lovely ballads, and [...]
Tweet Music. I only seriously started listening to Jewish music when Ariel ZT”L, and the girls started making us aware of the great variety that is now available. For years I stuck mainly to classical music: Mozart, Bach, you know, the usual suspects. And oh yes, my very favorite Rock group The Feelies, an obscure [...]