The Holiday Music Fest 2018
In honor of the first night of Hanukkah, we have a favorite along with a couple of bonus versions. The song is the wonderful Tom Lehrer's "Hanukkah in Santa Monica," which has gotten a bit better-known over the years, though what's even less-known is that it was written for Lehrer's appearance on A Prairie Home Companion, the first new song he'd written and performed in public for years, and may be the last one. This was a particular favorite of my dad's, who loved it as well for coming from Tom Lehrer.
And here are the two bonus videos. The first is from the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, who surprise their holiday audience with this unexpected and wonderfully lively version of the song, giving tribute to the city just a bit down the block.
And finally, this is a wildly-enthusiastic version of the song performed most-appropriately in the Klezmer style (since that pretty much seems to be the inspiration behind how Tom Lehrer wrote the number.) by the group Art of Time
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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