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Hanukkah CD swap, a great tradition

Updated: Aug 5, 2018


Last year, my sister came up with a fun idea for our family Hanukkah celebration, which usually includes a large group of people coming together for Latkes and boisterous, prop-enhanced renditions of traditional holiday songs (The non-Hanukkah sing-along of “Mule Train” is an added bonus!). My sister’s idea was to include a CD swap where everyone has to bring a homemade CD of tunes. Numbers are randomly picked and matched to a CD, one for each person. Everyone leaves with a CD of new music. It’s a great way to bring everyone together talking about the really interesting compilations people come up with. I, of course, can’t resist coming up with a theme or a reason for my songs. Last year was unusual cover music — Gillian Welch singing Neil Young’s “Pocahontus”; Dar Williams doing Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb,” etc.

Kim Taylor

This year my theme is the “Voice Crush.” As I explain on the CD cover, “A voice crush is when you fall in love with someone solely based on the tone of his or her vocals. For them, I’d put a poster of their voices on my wall … if that were even remotely possible.”


Actually, I copped this from a blogger out of Cincinnati talking about singer-songwriter Kim Taylor. I find it explains how I fall for certain artists, especially women singer-songwriters.


Here is my song list for this year’s CD, Voice Crush Edition: 1. “Standing,” Patty Griffin 2. “Let Your Loss Be Your Lesson,” Robert Plant & Alison Krauss 3. “The Air Is Thin,” Jesse Sykes 4. “Old Simon Stimson,” Peter Mulvey 5. “Hard to Know,” Mindy Smith 6. “That’s So Amazing,” Michelle Shocked 7. “Under My Skin,” Bob Schneider 8. “Rise Up With Fists!!,” Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins 9. “Wrecking Ball,” Gillian Welch 10. “Jezebel,” Iron and Wine 11. “High Shelf Booze,” Eilen Jewell 12. “Water Water,” Kris Delmhorst 13. “Los Angeles, I’m Yours,” The Decemberists 14. “Modern Love,” The Last Town Chorus 15. “People,” Kim Taylor 16. “It Makes No Difference,” The Band 17. “Ecstasy,” Crooked Still

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