Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Nine Days - Nine Notes


The Nine Days...they’re uncomfortable days.
Stubble..cold showers...no meat...hot days
This is how it’s been for thousands of years
And this is exactly how I remember it from my younger years

But the last few years have brought a sudden new
Un-comfort to the already uncomfortable Jew
It comes in the form of roughly 15 male voices singing
Singing roughly 10 different harmonies while banging
Imaginary drums on their teeth and their tongues
Straining my nerves..along with their lungs..

So while I’ve gotten used to no meat and the occasional odorous fella

I just can’t seem to get used to..what’s called (tongue in cheek)...acapella

25 Comments:

Blogger Mata Hari said...

better than nothing, as far as i'm concerned

July 26, 2006 11:31 PM  
Blogger Shopaholic said...

I hear ya...but i agree with mata hari it's better then nothing though it might not be in the right spirit of things...if thats what you're talking about.

July 27, 2006 8:19 AM  
Blogger Limey2001 said...

its nothing as far as i'm concerned

July 27, 2006 10:16 AM  
Blogger the only way i know said...

dave
wanted to thank you for you explanation two blogs down - lol (left a comment) - also to say
a capella - as much as i love it - and i do - even more so than regular music - does not 'clik' with the idea of the nine days -
full stop(as they say here when making a point and not wanting to be argued with! lol)

July 27, 2006 10:26 AM  
Blogger socialworker/frustrated mom said...

Funny, I am not much of a fan either. I stick to my torah tapes.

July 27, 2006 10:35 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

mata...
actually..I kinda like nothing..its a soothing sound..

shop...
Noo..I'm not taslking about the spirit..

I havent heard all acapella records..so I cant comment on all of them..but the ones that I've heard..have really been unpleasent...
I happen to love acpaella music..classical that is..its a restrained chanting..with a few well placed harmoies..
These jewish groups think..."If it's there..do it"..and try out every harmony possible..and its just so annoying and unasthetic..

limey...
I wish it were nothing...

theonly...
yeah..I guess..the sad songs are ok...the silly beaty ones..perhaps not..

swfm...
well..those are always better...

July 27, 2006 10:59 AM  
Blogger workingema said...

ooohh! a semi-lite poem! lol
But... it's still got meaning...:)
I like a cappella, but like TOWIK says, I don't think it really sits well for the nine days either.
I'd rather listen to a really sad song with instruments, that will make me cry for our lost treasure.

And yet, I agree with you, david, that sometimes, just sometimes, they go overboard with their harmonies- and then it's just... well...too much.

July 27, 2006 11:56 AM  
Blogger A Frum Idealist said...

is your issue with acapella music or the fact that people are using acapella music as a substitute for accompanied music during the three weeks?

July 27, 2006 1:04 PM  
Blogger southernyid said...

As far as the letter-of-the-law vs the spirit-of-the-law concept, it is no different than a shaitel. If you are willing to cover your hair ( or agree with you wife's covering her hair) with a shaitel that looks as good or better than natural hair and fools everyone (by that i mean casual observers, not other frum women who are "looking" to see if it is or is not) then you should not have a problem with "sefira" tapes. of course we all pick our own hypocrisies and you are entitled to yours as much as i am entitled to mine.

As far as whether or not it is enjoyable, itis like everything else. some are good and some are bad but all-in-all I agree with those who say you have to take what you can get. It beats listening to the kids fight.

July 27, 2006 1:30 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

no no no...
This post is not about halacha or hashkafa of listening to acapella...
Strictly about my dislike of most Jewish acapella groups and their overusage of harmony...not to mention those beats...

workingema...
well..u did ask for something lite.

July 27, 2006 1:48 PM  
Blogger Okee said...

I usually listen to acapella during sefirah, cause it's too long for me to go without any external rhythmic source...but I can't even bring myself to turn it on now...I just don't want to hear it. Maybe the over-harmonization? Maybe I'm unconsciously attuned to the "spirit" of the law more than I thought? Eeeehhhh....I don't know, but I'm gonna go download some shiurim. (belayed) Chodesh Tov, everyone!

July 27, 2006 2:25 PM  
Blogger anonym00kie said...

david i totally agree with you! and i think acapella is TOTALLY in the spirit of the 9 days - its THAT painful to listen to :)

July 27, 2006 2:41 PM  
Blogger Lvnsm27 said...

So don't listen. Why do a loophole that you don't enjoy

July 28, 2006 12:08 AM  
Blogger Moiy-rah said...

"its better than nothing" is rationalizing.

the problem is that were so comfortable, that if were uncomfortable for a few minutes we look for a quick fix or substitute.

please dont pounce on me for having an opinion.

thanx

-shvest

July 28, 2006 12:16 AM  
Blogger Moiy-rah said...

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July 28, 2006 12:16 AM  
Blogger Lady-Light said...

Point is - you're a poet and we er, you don't know it?

July 28, 2006 1:33 AM  
Blogger Lady-Light said...

Didn't mean to insult you in my last comment. I'm just a little slap-happy at almost midnight.
Why the new blog (although I really like your artistic heading)?

July 28, 2006 1:39 AM  
Blogger Also A Chussid said...

According to haluchah a person is not allowed to listen to music since the churben, the whole year-round. If I remember correctly the reason or heter that people don’t adhere to this particular halucheh is because we have a din of benai meluchim because we listen to music not only on joyous occasions as it was back in the times of the Talmud but every day on a regular basis, as it was in the courtyards of kings. Since the introduction of the phonograph, tape recorders, cd’s and I-pod’s listening to music became part and parcel of life, it became a humanly necessitate for mental stability and as such this useer – ban became obsolete.

Conclusion in my humble opinion listening to music in sefereh or the nine days is not prohibited. Dare I say that I act accordingly…

July 28, 2006 9:22 AM  
Blogger It's All Good Now said...

Also A Chussid, I am in total accordance with you. I beleive that one is allowed to listen to music during sephira and also during the three weeks.

July 28, 2006 11:15 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

okeee...
Overharmonization...definitely...
But shiurim are difinitley good..if theyre good

anonymOOkie
Hallel00kie...someone agrees with me...lol

lvnsm....
well...with kids around in the house and car..I've long ceased to be the DJ

ladylight..
good to see u...no..I'm not insulted...I'm niot much of a poet...just dabbling

aac...and itsallgood
hey..works for me...
like i said..this post is not a halachic post...

July 28, 2006 11:31 AM  
Blogger Scraps said...

Hey, I like a cappella music, when it's done well. That's why I don't listen to it, either, during the 3 Weeks/9 Days. To me, the most beautiful instrument is the human voice, when played well.

July 28, 2006 11:43 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

scraps...
I agree
the human voice..is incredible
I melt when I hear Bocelli or Pavarotti..and a choir can sound awesome..I love classical acapella..and barbershop quartets..the harmonies are nice,,,restrained

July 28, 2006 11:58 AM  
Blogger FrumGirl said...

Well, acapella has a certain sense of feeling to it but I can understand why it grates on your nerves... you like to hol don to that old school mentality, lol.

July 31, 2006 1:47 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

FG..
thats me...

July 31, 2006 11:23 PM  
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August 13, 2006 4:52 AM  

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