Two-thirds of the art in my house is by Irwin Weinberger, Yiddishe Cup’s singer. Irwin is also a painter and middle-school art teacher.
He did a portrait of my kids 19 years ago. I thought the kids — those pipsqueaks — were cute. But their pipsqueak phase dragged on for years; I would stare at that painting and say, “Grow up already!” Schlepping kids crosstown to gymnastics meets was not fun. Schlepping the youngest child to an 8 a.m. hockey game in Parma Heights was not fun. Sitting through my daughter’s swim meets was not entirely pleasant. (The diving part was pleasant, but the swimming races — which she had nothing to do with — weren’t fun.)
As it turned out, the whole thing — childrearing — lasted about two weeks.
Yiddishe Cup has been in existence 21 years, and that, too, has felt like two weeks. One day — back in 1989 — we were playing a Cleveland Heights street fair, and the next day– 21 years later– we were playing a Cleveland Heights street fair.* What’s with that?
We — the Yiddishe Cup musicians — enjoy the short drive to work. We are in our own backyard, kind of like the working musicians in Las Vegas or Branson, Mo. The downside to playing Cleveland a lot is everybody has heard us a million times.
Make it new. Or go nuts.
The newest Yiddishe Cup recruit, our drummer, has been with us 12 years. We have new music, but not new guys.
I rarely put the musicians’ names front and center. It’s all about Team Yiddishe Cup. What if a Yiddishe Cup “star” leaves? That would mess up the band’s publicity.
The band’s PR photos are like my family portrait. Same guys, basically. Why change the photos? We look the same as we did in the 1990s. I think so. It’s the same guys.
* Footnote: Yiddishe Cup did not play a Cleveland Heights street fair in 2010. However, the band did play Parade the Circle in University Circle — close to, but not in, Cleveland Heights. And last year the band played for the outdoor movie/concert night at Coventry (Cleveland Heights).
2 of 2 posts for 9/8/10.
L’shana tovah. (Happy New Year.)
Yiddishe Cup is at Fairmount Temple Wed. Sept 29 and Park Synagogue Thurs. Sept. 30 for Simchat Torah. Cleveland.