• Cully Cooper

Harmonies for Hanukkah

The yearly phenomena of holiday tunes are creeping their way back into the speakers and stereos of folks tuning in to hear that jingle jangle. There is no shortage to the slew of Bublè's and Carey’s waxing poetic about Santa Clause’s misdeeds with my mother. I am sure those who celebrate Christmas are jolly and content with the onslaught of music available to consume. When it comes to other forms of holiday music, while there is a lot out there, the universal recognition seems to be lacking. I feel that the topic of Hanukkah music always comes with the context of there being an abundance of Christmas music, usually remarked as “there’s so much Christmas Music - I wonder if there’s any music for Hanukkah … there’s that dreidel dreidel one … oh and that Adam Sandler song … so funny!”

A trend I’ve found with holiday music is it usually falls into four categories: old, mold, sold, and gold. "Old" is the classic Christmas music we’ve come to love and associate with claymation films, school parties, and church choirs. This is stuff with long titles and archaic words like: O Come All Ye Faithful, Hark the Herald Angles Sing, and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. While these rock, I’m searching for more contemporary music that doesn’t give me communion vibes. The next category is "mold", these are the songs that are forgotten for a reason. The