Loudon Wainwright III: Eight Nights A Week

Written by Joshua Breitzer


In category: Song of the Day

Published December 28, 2019

We seem to be living in the age of the “reboot,” when people can’t get enough fresh takes on old tales. And the word “Hanukkah” might even be creatively translated as such. This year’s hit collection of holiday covers and originals, HANUKKAH+, includes the likes of Jack Black, Yo La Tengo, and Loudon Wainwright III, whose insatiable new tune featured today brings our official NYFOS Song of the Day Hanukkah week to a close.

And yet, because there are still three more nights, I’d be remiss not to include three more Hanukkah tunes to add to your pile of gelt, including a doo-wop version of everyone’s favorite spinning top song; a social justice-minded potato pancake tango; and an R&B-inspired crooner. Chag urim sameiach!

“I Have a Little Dreidel” by Samuel Grossman and Samuel Goldfarb, arr. Tayku

“I Am A Latke” by Debbie Friedman

“Light Up the Night” by Jacob Spike Kraus

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Joshua Breitzer is cantor and music director of Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn. Considered one of his generation’s leading talents, Cantor Breitzer has performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Merkin Concert Hall. For the past several years, he has appeared with NYFOS in our annual “A Goyishe Christmas to You!” program, and has coached several NYFOS’s Emerging Artists on Jewish repertoire.


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