Thursday, June 23, 2005

We Want Credit Now!

Chaim writes in response to Yitz:
While I'm the first to call people out on anything to do with lying, I don't know if I feel comfortable with the blanket statements from Yitz regarding who did or didn't give credit. What he is writing is basically unconfirmed. I do know that the Lubavitcher Rebbe turned the old French National Anthem into Hoaderes V'Emunah that was/is very popular at times like Hakofas Simchas Torah time. As far as I remember he DID credit it. And it's commonly known in Chabad that the Rebbe felt very strongly about the ability to take something non spiritual and turn it into something holy. I can not tell you if Shlomo Carlebach was ever credited for We Want Moshiach Now, but does that really fall in the same category as your run of the mill Chasidic Pop singer note for note taking a non Jewish song and trying to pass it off as holier than thou "Kosher Music" ?

If you want, you can take plagiarism even further as practically all Niggunim have some origins from music that was popular in the villages in the old country that these rebbei'm lived. It's a new shtus today, that they think Jewish Music has to be some sort of heavenly divined inspiration that came to you while you were on your digital keyboard still in tallis and tefilin.