MyJewishLearning’s new versions of traditional Hanukkah songs have been getting noticed! Alicia Jo Rabins’ cover of “Sivivon Sov Sov Sov” was just hailed in the New York Times blogs as a “tender version of the ‘other’ song,” which, they rave, “should be a standard.”
But my favorite part of the article is the commentary by Alicia Jo herself. “The great thing is that even Hanukkah songs are in minor keys,â€ she says, â€œwhich makes it easy to cover them with a creepy twist.â€
Go listen to it yourself here.
Meanwhile, Mista Cookie Jar, whose cover of “Hanukkah O Hanukkah” has been blowing folks away, just released this video for his song “Aunt Carol”:
Pronounced: DRAY-dul, Origin: Yiddish, a spinning top, with four sides, each marked with a different Hebrew letter (nun, gimel, hay and shin), it is played with on Hanukkah.
Pronounced: KHAH-nuh-kah, also ha-new-KAH, an eight-day festival commemorating the Maccabees’ victory over the Greeks and subsequent rededication of the temple. Falls in the Hebrew month of Kislev, which usually corresponds with December.