I was raised in a largely Jewish neighborhood in Queens, New York. I was raised as a Christian, but always felt at home in the environment of Judaism. I attended my friends’ Bar Mitzvahs and have sat at the Passover table with neighbors. To say ‘some of my best friends were (and are) Jewish’ would be a delightfully ironic, but utterly truthful, use of the cliche.
Five years ago I was introduced to a wonderful new song about Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, written by a Jewish singer-songwriter born on Christmas Day, and now living in L.A.
This composer, Adam Chester, recently called me gleefully from his car, and very grateful when he heard me play his “8 Days and Nights” on The WAVE. I think I heard some kids laughing in the background.
So, I wrote him a message and in a reply earlier this week, I got the lowdown on what inspired Adam to write the song. This is his story:
“I actually wrote the piece going over Laurel Canyon one morning thinking, how come there aren’t any good Hanukkah songs on the radio?…while I almost crashed into the car in front of me. I thought…wow…EVERYDAY it’s a miracle I get to work in one piece! And then the chorus hit me…Everyday’s a miracle. The chorus idea came about as I had just finished conducting a HUGE Youth Choir for [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Elton John[/lastfm]’s 60th Birthday concert at Madison Square Garden and thought…a Hanukkah song with a gospel choir? Why not?”
Thanks for that story, Adam, because every day IS a miracle! And your song pulls at the heart with the power and soul of a Gospel Choir! What genius to combine the genres! And, what a message of brotherhood!
If you, our listeners, would like your own copy of “8 Days and Nights” to enjoy any time, the song is available on iTunes on Adam Chester’s CD, “The Water’s Warm” when you click here.
Remember: everyday’s a miracle! Light a candle for every night, and Happy Hanukkah!