By Sweet Sound of Sunrise

Author’s note: First of all I guess I have to point out that this was meant to be last week’s entry – just in time for Christmas, etc. – but I got so caught up in preparing for Christmas itself [so how many dishes DO you cook for 17 people? I still don’t know.] that I missed out on the only time-sensitive entry I have made to date. But, as I always say, better late than never!

This week’s WMW is focusing on an album available online called Oy to the World! by Chicago-based klezmer band The Klezmonauts. Klezmer is a style of music developed in the United States by Ashkenazic Jewish immigrants hailing from Eastern Europe, and it shares many common characteristics with the folk music of the region. It’s safe to say, however, that considering its origins, it’s hard to imagine klezmer Christmas carols.

It is the brainchild of producer Paul Libman. Initially conceived as a gift to give clients – he primarily works producing music for advertising and theatre – it is now available online for anyone to buy. Libman himself is no stranger to mixing Christmas and Hannukah, as his wife is Catholic, so the album is perfect for those who can’t choose seem to choose what to play during the holidays.

Joy to the World – The Klezmonauts[audio:http://ridethetempo.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/klezmer-joy-to-the-world1.mp3]