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Repost: Oh, Shenandoah

"The Trapper and His Family" by Charles Deas, 1845
“The Trapper and His Family” by Charles Deas, 1845

2/4/17: This is a beautiful, touching, a cappella version of Oh Shenandoah, sung by Peter Hollens. The song comes from a fascinating early American tradition. Here’s Wikipedia for more information (that may or may not be true).

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Unless the Lord Builds the House

Shira Choir

It continues to be a source of profound disappointment to me that I wasn’t born Jewish. Here’s a lot of the reason why. This is the New York-based Shira Chorus singing a spectacular new song, “Im Hashem Lo Yivneh Bayis,” at their leader’s son’s Bar Mitzvah. Absolute perfection.

Unless the Lord builds the house,

Im HaShem Lo Yivneh Bayit

The builders labor in vain.

Shav Amlu Bonav Bo

Unless the Lord watches over the city,

Im HaShem Lo Yishmor Ir

the guards stand watch in vain.

Shav Shakad Shomer

Indeed, he who watches over Israel

Hinei Hinei Lo Yanum

will neither slumber nor sleep.

Lo Yanum v’Lo Yishan

Lo Yanum v’Lo Yishan

Guardian of Israel

Shomer Yisrael


Extra Special Friday Afternoon Silliness

Many thanks to my brother-in-law for sending me this. I’ve loved Walk Off the Earth for a few years, now, but this video is my favorite one yet. WOTE is known for doing covers of just-this-side-of-tedious songs and making us forget we were getting sick of the songs.

Yes, it’s Adele’s “Hello.” Again. I know. But seriously, give it a watch and a listen. And I recommend you watch it full screen and keep an eye on the guy on the right.

Happy Friday!