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February 02, 2009

Oy, Gevolt [sic]

Since when is it okay to create a culture based around an oxymoron? No, I'm not talking about Bittersweet chocolates or Boneless ribs. During Hebrew class today I learned of a group that (in my mind) crosses the oxymoronic lines of yiddishkeit. Have you ever heard of GeVolt?

No, not the Yiddish word meaning "force or cry". I am talking about the Russian heavy metal band "GeVolt" that plays Yiddish and Klezmer music. I've been listening to their stuff on http://www.myspace.com/gevolt and have found that it is is not that bad. I'm not a big fan of hard rock/metal, but their song Shpil Zhe Mir A Lidele is alright (naturally you're entitled to your own opinions…just know that you might be wrong).

They are from Israel and are comprised of (from what I can tell) Russian-Israelis, including a drummer named Vadim (who is actually not on the internet Vadim database: (http://www.vadim.com/vadim/vadim_list.php). I don't know too much about them aside from what I picked up in class today and surfing the internet for the past couple hours; however, they were featured in the Forward. Instead of copying their article in my own words and butchering the message behind it, here is the link: http://www.forward.com/articles/11661/

Here is a translation of Shpil Zhe Mir A Lidele

Play me a song in the jewish spirit
it should awake pleasure instead of grief
that all old and young could understand it
from mouth to mouth it should be sung
: : :
Play play musician play
about my thoughts and desires
play play play a tune for me
play with heart and soul
: : :
A song without sighes and tears
play so that all should hear it
that all should see me still alive and singing
more beautifully and even better than was
: : :
Play play musician play
about my thoughts and desires
play play play a tune for me
play with heart and soul
: : :
Let's sing this song together
as good friends as children of one mother
my only wish is
this song should sound freely in all songs

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