Real Music & Real Estate . . .

Yiddishe Cup’s bandleader, Bert Stratton, is Klezmer Guy.

He knows about the band biz and – check this out – the real estate biz, too.

You may not care about the real estate biz. Hey, you may not care about the band biz. (See you.)

This is a blog with a gamy twist. It features tenants with snakes and skunks, and musicians with smoked fish in their pockets.

Stratton has written op-eds for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.



At Yiddishe Cup gigs, I sometimes send photos to my daughter, Lucy.  Like of centerpieces or lighting.  I get the photos from my bandmates — some of whom are camera happy.

Lucy is an event planner in Chicago.

I was at a gig in Hunting Valley, Ohio, where the backyard tent was draped with strings of tiny candles.  I thought that was noteworthy.

I sent  this:

My daughter answered “pretty.”  One word.  Was that like “whatever”?

How about the white vinyl dance floor?  Workers were on their knees scrubbing that white dance floor.  My daughter wasn’t too impressed with that either:

Lucy knows about white flooring.  In Los Angeles she covered a parking deck with white carpet.   She bought 400 shoe-booties at Home Depot for workers, so they wouldn’t dirty the carpet before the guests arrived.

I didn’t get any photos of the horses at the Hunting Valley wedding.  The horses — in a stable by the party tent — went berserk during the upbeat recessional.  The horses, however, liked the stately and lyrical  “Erev Shel Shoshanim” (Evening of the Roses) — the processional.

Lucy used to ride horses.  Why didn’t anybody in the band get a pic of the horses?   Lucy would have been impressed with horses, I think.

These are the gigs Lucy works:

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1 marc { 11.09.11 at 2:51 pm }

So nu? Your daughter can’t get you the Chanukah gig at the White House?

2 Steven Greenman { 11.09.11 at 6:29 pm }

Idea…Get Lucy involved with organizing Klezmer Festival Fuerth, but have her do it under a different name, and then use her involvement to get you in. Can’t hurt to try, nu?

3 Susan Greene { 11.09.11 at 6:30 pm }

“Erev Shel Shoshanim” is a very famous Middle Eastern belly dance done with veil. See.

4 Kenny G { 11.10.11 at 2:19 pm }

Speaking of “Erev Shel Shoshanim,” that’s a sore point. Rachel had selected that song specifically for her going down the aisle at her wedding, and the trio, CIM students, had forgotten to bring that music along….

Thank goodness they suggested “Pachelbel’s Canon,”extremely beautiful, though common, music for weddings, and Rachel said OK.

I thought she looked unusually serious going down the aisle because of the solemnity of the occasion, but she says she was mad to not get the exact music she wanted at such a time….

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