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.



A Protestant church hired Yiddishe Cup. About time. Ninety-eight percent of America isn’t Jewish, so that’s a market. The church music director asked if I wanted the communion table moved. For one, I didn’t know Protestants do communion. But this church did — twice a month. The music director moved the communion table to the narthex. Interesting word. Also, there was a goodwill offering. The minister is called “pastor,” not “minister.”

The basics.

Please check out my essay “Papa Won’t Preach” at City Journal today. It’s about how “a love of music unites a father and son,” and specifically about the Vulfpeck show in Central Park tonight (Wed. Sept 7). Alice Stratton will be at that concert, and will no doubt jump on stage and do the “Funky Duck” with the band, so if you’re in NYC, be at the show!

Alice Stratton w/ Vulfpeck, L.A., June 2016

Alice Stratton w/ Vulfpeck, L.A., June 2016

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1 Mark Schilling { 09.07.16 at 11:28 am }

Am I the ‘freelance journalist’ quoted in this piece? The sentiment sounds familiar…

2 Ted { 09.08.16 at 9:26 am }

I thought the Eleventh Commandment was “Never pay credit card interest.”

3 Bert Stratton { 09.12.16 at 7:08 pm }

To Mark Schilling and Ted:

1. Mark, yes, you are the “freelance journalist.”
2. Ted, that is commandment #12.

4 David Rowe { 10.09.16 at 2:40 am }

Some Protestant denominations take grape juice at communion, Evangelical Lutherans take communion every Sunday and drink wine.

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