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:


Video by ShiraKline

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”):


Video by einpratfountainheads

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It’s still Chanukah!

So here’s another Chanukah song: “Light One Candle,” by Peter Yarrow, sung by Peter, Paul, and Mary:


Video from the PBS Holiday Concert, posted by Loren Newsom

(The top comment on this particular YouTube is by the producer and director of the PBS show, how awesome is that?)

Peter, Paul, and Mary debuted “Light One Candle” during their 1982 Holiday Concert at Carnegie Hall. If you keep count, you will see that the lyrics “light one candle” repeat exactly eight times–and if you watch carefully, you can see that the children light one candle each time that phrase is repeated, making them a human menorah.

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Happy first night of Chanukah!

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In honor of which, I bring you two–yes, two!–Chanukah songs.

The first is “Candlelight,” sung by the Maccabeats:


Video by Uri Westrich

In case you were wondering about the lines in “Candlelight” that run:

We say “ma’oz tzur”
Oh, yeah, for all eight nights,

 
that is my second song, a very traditional Chanukah song.

“Ma’oz Tzur,” sung by students of Israel’s Technion*:


Video by Technion

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Christmas ain’t the only holiday

Not even on December 25, which–this year–will also be the first day of Chanukah. (The first candle will be lit Christmas Eve–isn’t that convenient? *tossing imaginary blue and white confetti*) And since today New York is in the middle of a very not-Mid-Eastern deep freeze…

“Hanukkah in Santa Monica” by Tom Lehrer, sung by Tom Lehrer:


Video from Tom Lehrer, Topic, Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group North America

Everybody seems to have covered this song too–only the everybody in this case are all amateurs (This seems to be a major oversight. Seriously, why has no one put this on a holiday album? DO THEY NOT GET THE JOKE?), between which I cannot choose. Go to YouTube and have a party!

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This fourth day of Christmas…wait, no, third…um…

“The 12 Days of Christmas” by Straight No Chaser:


Video by Randy of Straight No Chaser

Of course “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was not written by a Jewish songwriter, so far as we know–it’s one of those songs whose creator is generally rendered as “Trad.” (Possibly originally a French Trad.) But I hesitate to call it the “main” melody here, since there are so many other Trad.–and non-Trad.–bits in it. So … erm … It has the dreidel song in it, that’s a Chanukah song, and Chanukah songs all qualify. Yeah, that could be it!

Ah, well, let’s be honest: It’s just here because it makes me laugh. Happy whichever day it is!

Last day of Chanukah!

(Which follows the last night of Chanukah.)

I finish up the holiday with two–count ’em!–Chanukah songs.

The first is “Light One Candle” by Peter Yarrow, sung by Peter, Paul, and Mary:


Video from the PBS Holiday Concert, posted by Loren Newsom

Peter, Paul, and Mary debuted “Light One Candle” during their 1982 Holiday Concert at Carnegie Hall, and if you keep count as they sing, you will see that the lyrics “light one candle” repeat exactly eight times–and if you watch carefully, you can see that the children light one candle each time that phrase is repeated, making them a human menorah.

(The top comment on this particular YouTube is by the producer and director of the PBS show, how awesome is that?)

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


ShiraKline

Enjoy the end of Chanukah!
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Fried foods taste good, okay?

This third night of Chanukah, my family had latkes at dinner, and so I bring you the Maccabeats singing “Latke Recipe,” lyrics by Spencer Garfield:


Video by Maccabeats Videos

There is also a demonstration video version:


Video by Maccabeats Videos

(More about the song after the jump.)
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