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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Niggun Un-Neshama: How to Destroy a Beautiful Song

I received this link via email. Someone has taken a beautiful, holy niggun and perverted it. I can't even imagine what they were thinking when they made this arrangement. It is truly hard to believe. Shlomo Carlebach, z'l, must be spinning in his grave.

The good news is that Shlomo Katz, who popularized Shlomo's "Niggun Neshama" is releasing his new album any day and has recorded the niggun in a way that would make Reb Shlomo proud.


  • At 10:49 AM, Blogger Still Wonderin' said…

    Well I'm sure if you thought techno-Eurotrash-trance-club-disco music was spiritual you'd love the new version.

  • At 5:13 AM, Blogger yitz said…

    Can't understand why it took Shlomo Katz 2-1/2 years after he "found" this tune to release it, while Neshama was able to release it right away. Or perhaps that's the answer - that if he did it at the same time, her CD wouldn't sell???
    We await the release of Reb Shlomo's "Wake Up World" and the countless other unrecorded niggunim that many people have but cannot release because of the family's control issues!

  • At 1:23 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    Shlomo has been working on his CD for a long time and got side tracked for a number of reasons. Among them is that he was studying for smicha and because he has been ridiculously busy. The CD will be worth the wait.

  • At 4:44 AM, Blogger yitz said…

    Hey MO, Did this niggun really debut at a Chasuna of one of your children???

  • At 1:29 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    no. the first wedding it was played at in the states. Shlomo katz played the niggun extensively in Israel before that.

  • At 11:18 PM, Blogger kishke said…

    It's almost as bad as that awful remix of Stevie Nicks's Dreams I keep hearing on the radio.

  • At 8:09 PM, Blogger Rebecca said…

    It's like the "in" niggun now. everyone is putting it on their albums. Only thing is some people have the right to do it and others don't. My husband gets so mad that so many of the Jewish singers (you know the ones Rav Weinberger dislikes) sing Reb Shlomo songs just because it's "in" now but they give no retribution to his funds.


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