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      Shevat 8, 5769, 2/2/2009

      Wanted: Tu BiShvat Music


      The Jewish holiday of Tu BiShvat (Tu B'Shvat) is coming this Sunday night and I am looking for some awesome, cool or funky Tu BiShvat music. If you know of any, please let me know in the talkback section. Chanukah and Passover seem to have their share of song both serious and of the novelty variety. What about Tu BiShvat? Last year I downloaded Dr. Seuss's The Lorax from YouTube to try and use it as a promo on the radio. You know, it's a children's book about trees and Tu BiShvat is the Jewish new year for the trees. But Yishai Fleisher said it sounded awful and claimed he never heard of Dr. Seuss or The Lorax anyway. That reminds me, the original printing of The Lorax had a line that went "I hear it's almost as bad up in Lake Erie." But that line was removed from later editions. Has anyone else noticed this?

      There must be some kind of reggae Tu BiShvat album out there. Maybe if Matisyahu is reaidng this, he can record something for me. Then my ultimate dream will come true: to be listed in the liner notes of a CD. I always wanted to have someone write "and a special thank you to DJ Ben Bresky." That has never happened yet, but I did see an album that had a thank you to "that special someone, you know who you are" so I assumed they meant me. You may post your Tu BiShvat song suggestions in the talkback section or email me. In the meantime, here is a nice overview of Tu BiShvat http://www.torah.org/learning/yomtov/tubshvat/