Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Unexpected Traces in Jewish Places: Hasidic Musicians Sing Pink Floyd in Jerusalem


About five weeks ago we shared a video of two Hasidic guitarists playing a Beatles song in a Jerusalem mall. We since learned their names, at least their first names. They're Gil and Arie, and one source says they're Breslover Hasidim. That's all we know about them.

They play in the Mamilla Mall, but mainly on Yafo Street along the route of the new light rail system. Whenever they play, they attract tourists, many of whom record their jam sessions on their cameras and smartphones. As a result, we're able to share some pretty good music, from unexpected sources.

Today's video shows them playing Wish You Were Here, a song by the 1960s psychedelic British group Pink Floyd.

We're usually surprised to find traces of Jewish life in far-flung places around the globe, which we call Jewish Traces in Unexpected Places. But we find it equally surprising to find very non-Jewish traces in musical performances by deeply religious Jews in Jerusalem, something we call Unexpected Traces in Jewish Places.

If you'd like to hear the original song by Pink Floyd with lyrics included, it's right below the Hasidic version.

Enjoy!

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