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Re: New Jewish Music: categories

1) Adam wasn't Jewish, though a Kabbalist would tell you his neshama
contained the neshamot of all subsequent humans, including Jews.
2) This fascination with names is not confined to Judaism.
3) I have a large CD collection of all kinds of music- from George Abdo to
Emil Zrihan, the whole mess is alphabetical. I try not to let the
categorizations of the marketplace influence my world view- this was not
something that I was born with, but it took me a long time to unlearn my
4) The end result is that my own attempts at creativity (such as they are)
are fairly free of
artificial boundaries, though influenced by many things.

----- Original Message -----
From: robert wiener <wiener (at) mindspring(dot)com>
To: World music from a Jewish slant <jewish-music (at) shamash(dot)org>
Sent: Friday, December 31, 1999 5:45 AM
Subject: Re: New Jewish Music: categories

> To name something is also a very Jewish thing to do.  Just think of
> Adam's naming of the animals and the renaming of some of the
> matriarchs and patriarchs in the Torah.
> To take something of a tangent from the fascinating comments of this
> thread, I had been thinking of Jewish music categories before it began
> .  For those of you (including music librarians) who have large
> collections of Jewish music recordings, how do you organize them?  For
> example, Klezmer, Yiddish Folk Songs, Sephardic, Oriental, Israeli,
> Theater, Labor Songs, Shoah (Ghetto Songs, Documentary...), Jewish
> Classical (e.g., Yiddish Art Songs, Instrumental (Bruch's Kol Nidre?),
> Liturgical Settings (Bloch's Avodath Hakodesh?), New Jewish Music,
> Hassidic, Liturgical/Cantillation/Biblical Chant/Choral/New (Debbie
> Friedman et al), Dance, World (e.g., Ethiopian, Indian), Children's,
> Holidays, let alone the Electronic, Spoken & Comedy, Mixed (e.g.,
> Ladino/Yiddish).  (Most of the above is music by Jews for Jews on
> Jewish themes so I haven't mentioned Christian Messianic music in
> Hebrew and anti-Semitic music of all sorts.)
> Do you combine some of these categories?  Do you separate Traditional
> and non-Traditional?  (If so, how do you know which is which?)  Or do
> you put them all together by the artist's last name or title
> (English/Hebrew/Yiddish?) for anthologies?
> To categorize something is also a very powerful thing to do.  And then
> you decide what's in and what's out.
> Nothing like a broad question to keep our excellent momentum going at
> this time of year.
> Bob
> P.S. Note that I haven't even asked how you catalog them (e.g.,
> software, transliteration of Ladino/Yiddish/.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Joshua Horowitz <horowitz (at) styria(dot)com>
> To: World music from a Jewish slant <jewish-music (at) shamash(dot)org>
> Date: Friday, December 31, 1999 5:25 AM
> Subject: Re: New Jewish Music
> >The reinstallment of the term "*Klezmer music* in the beginning of
> the
> >so-called klezmer revival in the 70's by Henry Sapoznik, Andy Statman
> >and Zev Feldman was among the smartest marketing decisions that
> helped
> >to launch the movement. The industry needs labels - it cannot survive
> >without them. It serves to create an umbrella term for easily
> >identifyable events and concerts. It serves to create a shelf
> category
> >in record stores....
>  To name something is a very powerful thing to do....
> Josh

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