To whom it may concern: Yeah, we've all heard of Hamilton. I'm sure its great. But the vast majority of people in this country have never seen it and probably never will. We'll wait for the movie. But anyone who hasn't heard or seen Pentatonix must be living in a cave (hopefully with enough oil to last a little over a week). And what was with all that colonial garb in a Hanukkah video anyway? OK, the painted dreidel eyelids are kinda creepy. But seriously. Pop culture, by its nature, is something derived from a widely shared experience. While Hamilton may have a 100% satisfaction rate, it it still an experience a very small percentage of Americans have shared. Just sayin'. (Just call me Mr. Coffee.)
Anyway, Shir Soul has long been a favorite around here. And this year's single is included on their new CD, "Holiday Shir". The album contains tracks for other Jewish holidays, too. But, in addition to this year's "Hanukkah Oh Hanukkah" MashUP, "Holiday Shir" contains some of their previous Hanukkah singles, "Dreidel", "Lift Yourself Up" and "Timeless As The Stars". Always wished Shir Soul would put these beauties on a hard copy CD and now they've done so. Hanukkah Harry must have gotten my letter. You can get the CD through CD Baby (Amazon only has the digital version).