Posts filed under ‘Hanukkah’

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

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

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

S’vivon

S’vivon is a popular Hebrew Hanukkah song, “Sevivon” or “S’vivon” is Hebrew for “dreidel”, where dreidel is the Yiddish word for a spinning top. “S’vivon,” is very popular in Israel and by others familiar with the Hebrew language.

I have given it a surf-rock instrumental setting.

December 27, 2016 at 3:31 pm Leave a comment

The Dreidel Song

“I Have a Little Dreidel” (also known as the “Dreidel Song”) is a very famous song in the English speaking world for Hanukkah, which also has a Yiddish version. The Yiddish version is “Ikh Bin A Kleyner Dreydl”. The English version of the song is associated with the festival of Hanukkah, and is known by many Jews and non-Jews alike. The lyrics of the song are simple and about making a dreidel and playing with it.

I have given it a surf-rock instrumental setting with a bit of drum solo.

December 25, 2016 at 5:27 pm Leave a comment

Sixties Xmas Playlists

For Christmas Eve, here are two playlists for all 15 of the 60’s style, instrumental Christmas music tracks. The playlists include one arrangement not posted before.

The 8th track is the “Huron Carol”, also known as  “Twas in the Moon of Wintertime”, is a Canadian Christmas hymn, written in 1642 by Jean de Brébeuf, a Jesuit missionary at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Canada.

The song remains a common Christmas hymn in Canadian churches of many Christian denominations. It is also found in several American hymnals. The arrangement here leans heavily on the classic instrumental “Apache”.

Soundcloud playlist:

direct link:
https://soundcloud.com/shufflocity/sets/a-sixties-surf-christmas .
There is also a Youtube playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKbGynEN2GKVpBOvcsvl5XC3ytTigoIzA

I wish a very Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it, as well as a happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous new year.

December 24, 2015 at 7:24 am Leave a comment

Happy Hanukkah!

Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends and relatives. To help you celebrate, here is my surf-rock arrangement of “Oh Hanukkah”. I confess I am borrowing a page here from Meshugga Beach Party by arranging this familiar holiday song as if done by the Ventures. It’s still fun.

December 6, 2015 at 7:37 am 2 comments


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