Archive for December, 2016

Hava Nagila

“Hava Nagila” (“Let us rejoice”) is an Israeli folk song traditionally sung at Jewish celebrations. While not specifically a Hanukkah song, it is frequently heard at Hanukkah celebrations.

This is an instrumental, surf-rock arrangement that seems to suit the song very well.

December 31, 2016 at 8:08 am Leave a comment

Tomorrow’s Love

“Tomorrow’s Love” is one of the “filler” tracks on the Ventures 1965 album “The Ventures Knock Me Out”, which primarily features hits of the day such as “I Feel FIne”, “Love Potion Number 9”, and “Oh Pretty Woman”. Songwriting credit for “Tomorrow’s Love” goes to members Bob Bogle, Don Wilson and Mel Taylor. It’s actually a pretty nice tune.

My arrangement is pretty much a straight cover, but I have chosen instrument sounds that actually place the sonic result more in the “Shadows” ballpark — however I think it works very well this way.

December 31, 2016 at 7:44 am Leave a comment

I Want to Hold Your Hand

I doubt anyone needs to be told about this song. My arrangement attempts to render the song as the Shadows might have done it as a slow dance number.

December 29, 2016 at 5:52 pm Leave a comment

Rock of Ages

“Rock of Ages” (“Ma’oz Tzur”) is a Jewish liturgical poem. It is written in Hebrew, and is usually sung on the holiday of Hanukkah, after lighting the festival lights. Its six stanzas correspond to five events of Jewish history and a hope for the future. Of its six stanzas, often only the first stanza is sung (or the first and fifth), as this is what directly pertains to Hanukkah. “Ma’oz Tzur” was written sometime in the 13th century.

I have given it a instrumental setting in the style of the Shadows.

December 29, 2016 at 5:42 pm Leave a comment

The Wild Roses

“The Wild Roses” is a track from the Shadows 1967 album “From Hank, Bruce, Brian and John”. It is a very pleasant tune credited to S. Ichikawa..about whom I could find no information. A number of other songs on the LP have a Japanese connection.

It’s interesting to hear how this track shows that their approach remained much the same as the beginning of the decade.

December 28, 2016 at 5:39 pm Leave a comment

Mi Y’malel

“Mi Y’malel” (“Who can retell?”) is a popular Hanukkah song. The opening line, which literally means “Who can retell the mighty feats of Israel,” is a secular rewording of Psalms 106:2, which reads “Who can retell the mighty feats of God.”

I have given it a surf-rock instrumental setting with a prominent baritone guitar.

December 28, 2016 at 5:36 pm Leave a comment

Gully Ver

“Gully Ver” is the last track on side two of the Ventures 1962 album “Going to the Ventures Dance Party”. This seemed like a good candidate for a “live” video. The guitar is my Nash JG-63 “Jaguar”, which is very well suited to Ventures cover-duty.

December 27, 2016 at 3:34 pm Leave a comment

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