I admit it. I'm a holiday junkie. While Halloween is my
"official" favorite, from October through December I'm in full-on
holiday mode, immersed in what you could call "holiday culture." In
fact, I have nearly 90 days straight when I'm working on holiday
content and that means unearthing some unique pop culture gems to
share with all of you.
Right now, Thanksgiving is big on everybody's minds, but this
year we have a once-in-a-lifetime situation: my Jewish friends will
also begin celebrating Hanukkah on turkey day. So, whether your
family is celebrating Thanksgivukkah or just Thanksgiving, here's
some new music for your upcoming holiday gatherings. These picks
may be a little off-the-mainstream radar, but could surprise
Mama Doni Band - "Mama Doni's Jewish Holiday Party" DVD
and Mama Doni: The Acoustic Jewish Holiday Collection
After releasing the funk-infused "
Chanukah Fever" in 2011, Doni Zasloff is revisiting the holiday
with The Mama Doni Band for 2013. This is really the definitive
Thanksgivukkah collection and that's coming from a guy that just
might brave the crowds for some X-mas shopping in the later hours
of Thanksgiving. "Mama Doni's Jewish Holiday Party" (available
through MamaDoni.com) is an
excellent DVD that features three episodes which focus on Chanukah,
Passover and Shabbat. In addition to music and recipes, a 13-song
soundtrack entitled "
The Acoustic Jewish Holiday Collection" is included. For those
looking for just the music, a stand alone album of the same name
has also been released.
The Dirty Sock
Funtime Band - "Hannukah, O Hannukah (Introducing The
The Dirty Sock
Funtime Band just released their new album, "The Dirty Socks COME
CLEAN," last month, but they didn't stop there. Available on
iTunes as a digital single, "Hannukah, O Hannukah (Introducing
The Menurkey!)" celebrates Thansgivukkah by giving musical props to
the Menurkey - a turkey-shaped Menorah created by nine-year-old
Asher Weintraub and put into production via a smashingly-successful
effort. Only bad thing about the Menurkey? You'll have to wait
until the year 79811 to use it again.
Matisyahu - "Happy Hanukkah" Mibblio
While his "Happy Hanukkah" single
iTunes hit last year, Matisyahu finds himself one of the latest
artists to get their own Mibblio App for iPad. Mibblio makes
interactive storybooks that kids can jam along with through "keys"
on the iPad screen. It's been a growing platform for kindie and
family music artists of late, with Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam
Band, Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights, Recess Monkey and many
more getting the Mibblio treatment. Now,
Matisyahu's "Happy Hanukkah" Jam-Along brings a little seasonal
flavor into the mix. Check out a preview:
DidiPop - "Hanukkah Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas (New York
Times Songs Episode I)"
The wildcard of the Hanukivving music this year is Deborah DidiPop Poppink. She penned this
new song after reading an article about the colliding holidays in
the New York Times. She checked out the article at 9 a.m. and by
the time she picked her kids up from school at 2:30 p.m., this song
was written, recorded and available on YouTube:
Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights have made
their single "Tofurky Song" available as a free
download this year. If you haven't heard it before, there's a
video for it, too:
Finally, Chicago's very own Mr. Nicky has
released a new single called "The Thanksgiving Tale of Joe Roy (The
Potato Boy)," and he's offering it to you as a free download!
Now, Thanksgiving isn't exactly a big holiday when it comes to
music, but you know what we need? A really rockin' Turkey Day
anthem. Sure, there's plenty of songs about being thankful, but
where is the real gobble gobble jam? I'm crossing my fingers that
someone answers the call and delivers something really tasty by
this time next year. Maybe I'll write one…
Known as The Rock Father, James Zahn is a work-at-home dad raising a pair of young daughters while his wife works outside the home.
See more of James's stories here.
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