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Friday, May 23, 2008

A new take on an old song

A friend sent me a link to a music video produced and performed by a Parisian wedding band.  It is a fresh take on Israel's national anthem, Hatkva (thanks Drew). 

Don't get me wrong... I still prefer (or more correctly, tear up over) the traditional version they play at official ceremonies and such.  But I have to say I was impressed with the depth of feeling they put into this one.  Enjoy:

The background singers are a group called 'Broadway' and the lead is Francky Perez.

Shabbat Shalom.

Posted by David Bogner on May 23, 2008 | Permalink


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Having spent the noon with Johannes (Brahms), this is quite a shift...
It's nice, though, better than the umpteenth version of "Eternal Grace" or "Proud to be American" stuck in international charts. I do like the non-anthem text in between. Really do. Now, how do we push this into the charts?

Posted by: a | May 23, 2008 1:52:40 PM

Beautiful and I'm going to "borrow" this for my Shabbat post.

Posted by: shira0607 | May 23, 2008 4:16:55 PM

About to light candles. Thought the video was very moving.

And I can't hear Hatikva without crying either.

Posted by: Baila | May 23, 2008 7:15:40 PM

Very beautiful, thanks for sharing. And I teared up at this version, too.

Posted by: SaraK | May 24, 2008 12:09:12 AM

that was really nice thanks for posting!

Posted by: zk | May 24, 2008 12:44:17 AM


The two main backup singers have gorgeous voices. Is the man American? The accent sounds like.

OK, I am sucker for this kind of thing.

Posted by: balabusta in blue jeans | May 24, 2008 10:40:01 PM

This is great - love the combination of French and Hebrew.

And I think Francky Perez is French, not American.

Posted by: Raeefa | May 25, 2008 5:01:49 AM

Not Perez, the male backup singer. The woman's accent sounds distinctly French, but the guy sounds like he could be from around here.

Not terribly important, though!

Posted by: balabusta in blue jeans | May 25, 2008 11:18:58 PM

a ... You tell me how to do it and I'll lend a hand.

shira0607... Feel free. I ganked it from my friend Bayou out in Seattle.

Baila... There is so much there. I love that ours is one of the few anthems that doesn't talk about military victories, wars or other such themes.

SaraK... Let's be honest here... you probably tear up watching greeting card commercials, right? :-)

zk... Don't thank me... I'm a giver.

balabusta in blue jeans... I am really bad at identifying accents when people are singing. But I assume they are all French.

Raeefa... I haven't listened to the French version. Thanks for reminding me.

Posted by: treppenwitz | May 26, 2008 1:07:13 PM

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