229 Songs To Get You Excited About Jewish Music Again
The Jewish calendar is funny. Today is Tu B’Av, a dang happy day on the Jewish calendar. But just a week ago, we were fasting and mourning the destruction of the Temple. Before that we were mourning for three weeks, not listening to music, not eating meat (during the Nine Days). Oy. It was rough.
But now we’ve got to switch gears and start being happy. Start preparing for Elul, when we’re gonna be reconnecting to our true selves.
So, time to throw ourselves into some beautiful Jewish music. And thank G-d, there’s been a ton of music released since the Three Weeks ended, and I’d love to share some of it with y’all. Now, unlike my past music post, this collection is a mix of amateurs and pros. This isn’t about being polished. This just about people willing to take the risk and put themselves out there to create something beautiful to help elevate the world.
Here is my collection of Jewish music to bounce out of the Three Weeks and into happier times.
1. Shmaryahu – I Love HIM
Shmaryahu, a Jewish convert from Louisville who lives in Australia, has quietly released this beautiful cover of the Beatles song, “And I Love Her”. I happened to run into it because a friend of mine from Australia who is friends with him shared it. It’s so beautiful. And I can’t wait to see more music from this promising artist. Oh, and you can .
2. Uriel Dunn – Man It Feels Good To Be A Hebrew
My friend Uriel wrote this song a while ago. It’s a spin on “Damn It Feels To Be A Gangsta”, a favorite of all of us 90′s Baal Teshuvas. He performed it at an open mic in Crown Heights, and it was a huge hit. I encouraged him to turn it into a video, and he did just that. Freaking awesome. Watch, enjoy.
4. Lev Hamayaan - קרב יום
I discovered this amazing band after randomly using their image in a post. People informed me of their work. This isn’t as recent as the rest here, but I really felt like I should share them with you. This song in particular is just so beautiful.
5. Sarah Dukes – Star Catcher
Sarah Dukes is a pianist and composer who has created some of the most beautiful compositions I’ve heard in a while. They’re so sensitive and full of feeling. I personally love this particular piece, and I think you will too. for more music.
Well, it was for an MFA
In creative writing. quite a stupid idea, considering i don't need to be taught how to write or how to be creative, and i'm already published.
not only that, anything that can't make stock prices rise is worthless in america.
although i wouldn't go to NYU now that i know what kind of a brand name, hyper-trendy best-years-behind-it place it is, i kinda wanted to go to columbia.
maybe i'll apply for a PhD next year so i can get funding. the problem is, i want to get it in something unconventional, like 'germanic arts,' 'jewish pop music,' or 'magic.'
i really like languages and would like to take more, but can't be bothered with something technical like linguistics, though i'm sure i'd qualify