Life of Rubin featured a series of clips from upcoming CDs for Lag B'Omer.
One of the new albums featured was Yesod Hachasidus Regesh II - sporting the tag
It's not modern. It's not Different. (It's not even groundbreaking)
and I was struck by something . . . It would seem they were marketing Jewish Music based purely on the reactionary nature of certain elements of the Jewish status-quo.
I've touched upon what makes Music "Jewish" is an incredibly subjective thing. On one hand chazanus plays off of Opera. Chassidic drawing upon, if not directly taking, local slavic tunes. It's interesting to note that in the nascent days of the Chassidic movement, one of the issues the Misnagdim brought against them were the changes they made in the singing of traditional liturgical prayers.
In the snippets of the CD itself besides a few traditional 'Polish' sounding ditties, I hear heavy influences of Carlebach and bits of MBD . . . . I do understand, that our use of these 'sources' is one that must be used with thought, and done by someone with a connection to holier things . . . But there's something off with how one tries to market it. Music is something that grows, it develops and changes.
Anything less then that is lame.
On a different note, while enjoying some real music yesterday, I realized how sentimental music can be. When I hear certain songs, I'm immediately drawn back to the time, mood and place I heard them first . . . or the most.
Tracht Gut by 8th Day is a direct trip to the teenage angst of Mesivta
Gelt by Lipa reminds me of hanging out in the Zal dormitories of Mmontreal Time of your song reminds me of the hope of Adar last year in Crown Heights.
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