Sunday, March 29, 2009

Vehi Sheamda - Shwekey and Razel



I intended to post this video for a while already and now that we approach Pessach I think it's the right time.

This is one of the best songs of the past months, by a mile. Although Shwekey sings this in a duo, this song has Razel's blueprint all over it. It's a complex and touchy song, with a great arrangement and harmonies, and to me Shwekey is a little out of his "Yeshivish Song Zone" but I guess Razel knew this was the best way to make this song a hit. And he was succesful. I loved how he asks Shwekey to be silent when he sings the Niggum smoothly - that's something Shwekey just can't do and Razel knew it. That's a real musician, a real pro and I hope Razel continues to venture in the more mainstream JM.

Again, this proves to me that the non-Yeshivish artists are the ones producing some of the best music out there today. And the Yeshivish singers probably aknowldge it - Shwekey sang this one and Avraham Fried has a great hit song with an "outsider". I hope it keeps going like that!

5 comments:

Dowy said...

lol about the hand signal - i never noticed that. true - most of yonatans stuff is more on the unusual side, i happen to like his voice alot.
i think the yeshivish song world has very little influance. most of the compositions follow yossi green style, and the singing follows mbd and AF...

YK said...

You are right but there are some exceptions - check Benny Friedmam, who is part of mainstream JM but has pulled off a very original album.

YK

Dowy said...

yeh, i tend to think of Benny as half way between AF and 8th day, both in voice - of course - and style. there are a few songs actually composed by 8th day...

Anonymous said...

You are ALL WRONG! Yonatan was not quieting Schwekey, he was quieting the Orchestra to start plucking their violins. Get a clue!

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