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. So maybe he’s really Klezmer Landlord.
 

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 is an occasional contributor to the New York Times, the Times of Israel, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and City Journal. He won two Hopwood Awards.


 
 

THE BUDDY HOLLY
KLEZMER BAND

This is KlezFiction . . .

I dream about klezmer music and Buddy Holly. I want to be Buddy Holly, but I have to settle  for Klezmer Guy.

Animal voices — the sound of cats and fleas.  Significant to my music?  I need to find out.

There are no rules for good music, only examples of it.

Yiddishe Cup’s Meshugeneh Mambo is a terrific record.  Klezperanto –- another good choice. (By the group Klezperanto.)

The wrong song in the wrong place can be the right song.

Hope You Like Klezmer, a coffee table book,  has more than 100 color photos of klezmer musicians.  Some tied up, some with instruments in odd places.  I’m in a bathtub with reeds, like Moses.

Half-ended melodies are fun.

I’m here.  Hineni.  Take it or leave it.

Please, don’t go!

Fine, go.

I want to play medium-sized halls — 1,500-seat venues — this summer with my band: the Buddy Holly Klezmer Band.


Check out “Renting the American Dream” in the latest City Journal.  It’s not fiction.  Read the comments too.


Yiddishe Cup plays Wiley Middle Scho0ol lawn, University Heights, Ohio, 7:30 p.m. Thurs. July 25.  Indoors if raining.  Free ice cream.

Here’s a vid from the 2009 Wiley show:

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3 comments

1 Ken G { 07.10.13 at 10:06 am }

The ideas expressed here – they’re so deep I can’t fathom them. Deeper than the ocean.

2 Marc { 07.10.13 at 3:13 pm }

[re “Renting the American Dream” essay in City Journal]

I know what you mean by landed gentry. When I was a kid my family on my father’s side had been in Rhode Island for 50 years. I felt like an immigrant. But 50 years later it’s like they came over on the Mayflower.

3 Dave R. { 10.03.13 at 9:10 pm }

As for a wish to be Buddy Holly some of what’s needed is an A chord, a D chord and an E chord on a guitar (with an F thrown in on Peggy Sue.) I imagine they go well on clarinet using the root notes.

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