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JMR’s Mendel the Sheichet Interview’s Kol Noar’s Bentzi Ptalis

February 21, 2009 5 min read

Who is Kol Noar? Who runs the choir, composes the songs, writes the arrangements, etc? The Kol Noar Boys Choir is Directed by me, Bentzi Ptalis, and the music is produced, arranged, and written by Mo Kiss. How many kids are in Kol Noar, what ages and where are they from? Also, what is the [&hellip
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Best Of: The Piamentas

February 20, 2009 12 min read

Few bands have had as much influence on the Jewish music world as the Piamentas. Until the Piamentas came on the scene in 1980, Jewish music had never held musicians of exceptional virtuosity. With their appearance, Jewish music suddenly had top class musicians to call their own. Yossi and Avi Piamenta took both old songs [&hellip
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Did Someone Say Free? Part II

February 19, 2009 1 min read

As a follow up to the post on free sheet music, a reader requested a list of free downloadable songs. (Thanks, DG!) I’m sure this list is by no means complete. Please feel free to comment and let me know which free downloads I’ve forgotten! Name of Song Artist Address Awaiting as One Chanale (warning: [&hellip
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Did Someone Say Free?

February 09, 2009 2 min read

Okay. By a show of hands. How many of you out there gave up your music lessons when you were a kid because the songs were so awful? Uh huh. That’s what I thought. A quick survey of the piano books in my house yields these exciting favorites: “Skipping Frogs”, “Circus Fun” and the ever [&hellip
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Debut in Review: Yisroel Werdyger, Bayis Neeman

February 05, 2009 8 min read

Debut in Review: Yisroel Werdyger, Bayis Neeman an album review by Mendel “the Sheichet” When we fist heard Yisroel Werdyger on the 2008 Oorah compilation CD, we were not left with very high expectations. We mostly assumed that the audition he won to be featured on the CD was a fix or at least that [&hellip
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February 02, 2009 0 min read

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Lost Albums: Part II

January 30, 2009 3 min read

It seems like half the people I talk to who are in involved in the Jewish music business are 30 year old guys. They’ve brought about tremendous change and on the whole, they’ve created an energy, an excitement and a level of enthusiasm that was has only benefited Jewish music. But I have news for [&hellip
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How far is too far when you wanna be a rock-star?

January 24, 2009 5 min read

an article by Mendel “the Sheichet” As Jewish music has progressed, more and more artists have drawn influence from secular sounds. From the day Reb Shlomo picked up a guitar for a novel approach in singing nigunim, the fates of Hassidic and secular music have been tightly intertwined. Not that drawing secular influence into Jewish [&hellip
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Over and Over Again

January 21, 2009 2 min read

Seems to me baseball has it right. When a really outstanding player ends his career, his number is retired along with him, never to be used again. Babe Ruth’s number three will never again be work by a member of the New York Yankees. Number forty two on the New York Mets will forever belong [&hellip
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Our Lips Are Sealed

January 20, 2009 2 min read

Let me say this up front. I am not whining. The purpose of this post is not to complain about something that exists for a very good reason. It’s just to give all you guys out there an understanding of what we girls deal with on an everyday basis. I’m talking about Kol Isha. Right [&hellip
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Shea Rubenstein: Ohavti

January 19, 2009 4 min read

While Shea Rubenstein has been singing for more than twenty years, he is a relative newcomer to the Jewish music scene. A trained chazzan, he is slowly but surely but making his mark as a singer as well. His voice is pleasant and easy to listen to, especially on the slower songs. All in all, [&hellip
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