Tuesday, August 07, 2007

A Simple Jew...ish Music

A Simple Jew and Yossele Kvetch have a very interesting Q&A about music (along with a fantastic clip of Don Ross playing guitar). Excerpt:
Jewish music seemed to be in such a dismal state of golus that I couldn't deal with it any more. Often the only thing "Jewish" about the music that is popular in our communities is the lyrics, which tend to be strings of cliches bonded to mediocre rock and roll. So I gave up. Today, I listen to all kinds of music again (mostly instrumental, b'geder halakhah: no kol ishah, no avodah zara, and nothing that brings to hirhur). I don't say that this is ideal, but it is what works best for me at this time in my life.

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