Archive for November, 2008

Song of the day

My love of The Beatles has clearly transferred to my children. Both Avi and Noam know many Beatles tunes, and they can usually identify a Beatles song even if they have not heard it before (I’m very proud). Now Shayna is also getting into the groove and she also knows Beatles songs. Of course she knows many of the words in Yellow Submarine (which was also Avi and Noam’s first Beatles song), but there is another song that all of them seem to like and often ask for.

The film Yellow Submarine has a very interesting story. In 1964 The Beatles contracted with United Artists to make three motion pictures. The first was the wonderful A Hard Day’s Night and the second was the not as wonderful HELP! Soon after they produced the British television movie Magical Mystery Tour which was very poorly received.

Not really wanting to do any more movies, but still having one movie left to make for UA, the group agreed to give their music to an animated film. Five new songs were added to a bunch of Beatles hits and the movie Yellow Submarine was born. Actors were hired to do the group’s voices and the movie was a big hit. In fact The Beatles themselves like the movie so much they added a short live scene at the very end in which they all appeared.

My kids love this movie (after having seen it at our friend’s house in Vermont) and became particularly fond of the song All Together Now which is one of the new songs.

Here are two videos with the song, one is where the song appeared in the movie and the other is the reprise at the end of the film. My kids get a real kick out of the end in that the words all together now are translated into many languages including Hebrew so they all keep an eye out for that.


Saturday Morning Breakfast

Traditionally we do not eat a full meal before services, especially on Shabbat morning. So I usually make some sort of muffin or “bread”. The past few weeks it has been Pumpkin Bread, and here is the yummy recipe. It comes from the Kindergarten teachers at Noam’s school, Solomon Schechter Day School of Raritan Valley.

One quick note, instead of cinnamon and allspice, I use something called cinnamon plus by Pampered Chef. Mkm is a pampered chef consultant and sells their wonderful products. Cinnamon Plus is a mixture of cinnamon, allspice, cloves and nutmeg.



Pumpkin Bread
adapted by Phil Goldwasser

3 Cups of all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp baking soda
2 Tbsp baking powder
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp allspice

4 eggs beaten
2 Cups sugar
1 Cup oil
2 Cups pumpkin

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flower, salt, baking soda and powder and spices.
  2. In a second bowl, beat the eggs and whisk in the sugar and then the oil.
  3. Mix in the pumpkin.
  4. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry and mix until incorporated.
  5. Bake at 350° for 1 hour. Test for doneness and bake longer if needed.

Song of the day

I have been posting the songs included on each episode of Life on Mars (although I missed last week). I am including a list of last night’s songs, plus a pick for song of the day that was from last week’s episode.

On top of this, I would love people to check out two sights. My friend Wrekehavoc has been posting every day this month for National Blog Posting Month (nablopomo). She always has a theme for things like this and she has chosen blatantly bad 70s music. Check it out, it’s fun. On the other hand, if you would like to hear blatantly GOOD 70s music, go to the Life on Mars website and they have a 70s radio stream, playing great songs from the 70s.

Anyway, here are last night’s songs.

Sweet Lucy by The Propositions
Sweet Lucy

We’re an American Band by Grand Funk Railroad

Going to Make a Time Machine by The Majestic Arrows

Tuesday’s Dead by Cat Stevens

And my pick for song of the day is from last week’s episode. The episode was about race relations in the 1970s which of course is a very difficult topic, but I think they played it fairly well. In 1954 David Arkin (father of Alan and grandfather of Adam) and Earl Robinson wrote a song as a response to the landmark decision of the US Supreme Court, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Kansas. This was the decision that overturned the 1896 case Plessy v. Ferguson and others by declaring the establishment of separate public schools or black and white students unconstitutional. It stated that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.”

The song that these men wrote was called Black and White. It was first recorded by Sammy Davis Jr. in 1957 but became a number one hit when Three Dog Night recorded it in 1972. This song was in many ways as landmark as the Supreme Court decision, especially the version by Three Dog Night. This was a group of white people singing about racial equality in 1972. Something that till that time was unheard of. I cannot say that the song had any major impact in of itself, but I can say that it was due to people like this that helped to change the world and bring racial equality to a time when a black person can be elected President of the United States.


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