Thursday, December 18, 2014
Most of the Hanukkah music videos that we get and share with you fit into two neat categories.
Either they're musical or a cappella performances of the top five traditional songs (Maoz Tzur, Mi Yemalel, Chanukah oh Chanukah, I Have a Little Draydel, or S'vivon, Sov Sov Sov) or they're parodies of popular secular hit songs on the Billboard Top Hits list.
It's not often that we find a new warm ballad composed especially for Hanukkah. But there is a new Chanukah song that's circulating among the non-day school world of high school choral groups, even in schools where there are no or very few Jewish students. And it's not writtten in a minor key. It's just a tender heartfelt message of family and tradition.
A Hanukkah Wish, written by Andy Beck, incorporates a contemporary setting of the traditional Hebrew “Maoz Tzur” just before a dramatic modulation to the final refrain.
This version was recorded last Thursday in the Dallas, Texas suburb of Prosper as sung by the Prosper High School Varsity Mixed Choir. We hope you enjoy it.
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