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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

Posted by averyr at February 2, 2009 08:10 PM

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