Happy first night of Hanukkah. And so, we have to start out the eight nights of the Festival of Lights with this gem from Tom Lehrer, a song he wrote largely coming out of a long "retirement" for an appearance on A Prairie Home Companion.
Though I live next door to Santa Monica -- the border is about a dozen blocks away -- I don't make it there every single day, or even necessarily regularly. But it's always a treat when I do go and realize that, in fact, it's Hanukkah. And I'm in Santa Monica. By the seeeeeeaaaa...
Oh, and for the record, yes, I was in Santa Monica this morning. Though it wasn't sundown yet, so not officially Hanukkah. But I'll get there, I'm quite sure.
Okay, that's Tom Lehrer and so THE official and best version. But as a bonus, here's a fun video of the song, performed by the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles. Every year they put on a big and very popular holiday concert. And the audience reaction is a treat when, expecting a solemn number, this breaks out instead. Adding to the fun is that, though their singing is impeccable...their "hand choreography" is...well, not. But sometimes, enthusiasm tops craft --
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