Let us turn our thoughts today…


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Some dreams need work to hold onto–let’s keep working on this one, okay?

 
As George Washington wrote to the Jews of Newport:

It is now no more that toleration is spoken of as if it were the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights, for, happily, the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.

(Source: Touro Synagogue)

Can you be in Austin this March?

For SXSW, of course:


 


 
More info (although no word on the exact schedule yet) at the SXSW website!

So we missed it live…

But we got a video!:

It’s a half hour, so give yourself some time. Or you can skip ahead to around 18:00 (-11:30) or so.

 
FYI: Info on Toyota Texas Music Revolution here.

10, 9, 8…

Well, 2016 was quite a year, and not entirely in a good way. At least it was good for Castro The Band! But we lost far too many special creative people, and rediscovered some deep and unattractive rifts in the world’s social fabric.

Still, it’s over. For 2017, whatever happens in the world…

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“Auld Lang Syne,” performed by the BBC Symphony, Chorus, and Singers (and I think the audience, too):


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Yep, still Chanukah!

Have a very traditional song: “Al Hanisim”; words from an extra paragraph inserted into the daily prayers on Chanukah (and Purim), melody by Dov Frimer, sung by Shira Kline:


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Or if you are not feeling quite so traditional, here’s “Light Up the Night” by the Ein Prat Fountainheads (which actually quotes words from “Al Hanisim”):


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