The Holiday Music Fest 2019
To help celebrate the first full day of Hanukkah, here are three different versions -- all wonderful in their own way -- of Tom Lehrer's terrific song, "Hanukkah in Santa Monica"...which was originally written (in today's Little Known Fact) for A Prairie Home Companion.
I remember the first time I was in Santa Monica and heard the song played during Hanukkah. It was a joy and hilarious. Here's the original version, nicely edited with visuals by the person posting it --
This is fun, especially-animated version performed to the great surprise and pleasure of the audience by the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles.
And finally, this is the most enthusiastic and perhaps most-appropriate version of the song from the Klezmer group, Art of Time -- even if singer David Wall twice screws up the same word and blows one of Lehrer's over-the-top rhymes.
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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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