Monday, May 26, 2008

Fiddle Blogging -Heavy Shtetl 
Yitzak Perlman, sitting in with several different klezmer bands.

I fell in love with the music as a child - first hearing it around the Fairfax district of Hollywood, Los Angeles as a very young child (it was a Jewish area before it became countercultural, and for a while, it was an entertaining dichotomy of punk rockers in full Mohawk regalia and Orthodox Jews sharing the same sidewalk!) and later upon finding a recording from the Klezmer Conservatory Band in my stepdad's record collection.

Looking at it altogether, I think Perlman's a little over the top with the Yngwie Malmsteen stuff here, but if you're in the middle of it, you can't help but be carried away with its infectious energy.

This is a musical heritage that had the whole shtetl hopping, once upon a time.



P.S., Does he look like Dick Cheney to anyone else?

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