Sen. Orrin Hatch Lends His Pipes to Hanukkah Song

December 9, 2009

(ChattahBox)— Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch from Utah is known for his love of music and he has an affinity for song writing, which he has put to use to write everything from love songs to catchy political ditties. When his long-time friend and political foe Sen. Edward Kennedy died, he penned a song entitled “Headed Home” to honor Kennedy’s lifetime of public service.

Now, Hatch has turned his songwriting skills to pay tribute to the Jewish holiday Hanukkah known, as the Festival of Lights. And it’s been recorded by professional singers, with Hatch lending his voice as a backup singer. And it’s kind of catchy. Be forewarned before listening to it, it sticks in your head for a while.

Hatch, a Mormon, also likes writing Christian spirituals and Christmas songs. And nine years ago he promised journalist Jeffrey Goldberg that he would someday write a song about Hanukkah. Hatch finally made good on his promise and recently recorded his song, entitled “Eight Days of Hanukkah” in a recording studio in Manhattan. On hand were singer and songwriter Madeline Stone, and singer Rasheeda Azar, who sang as a back-up vocalist for Paula Abdul and Janet Jackson.

Hatch says his song is a gift to the Jewish people:

“Hatch said he hoped his song would be understood not only as a gift to the Jewish people but that it would help bring secular Jews to a better understanding of their own holiday. “ I know a lot of Jewish people that don’t know what Hanukkah means,” he said. Jewish people, he said, should “take a look at it and realize the miracle that’s being commemorated here. It’s more than a miracle; it’s the solidification of the Jewish people,” said the Mormon Senator.

Watch:

h/t Politico


Comments

2 Responses to “Sen. Orrin Hatch Lends His Pipes to Hanukkah Song”

  1. Jeff Schrade on December 9th, 2009 4:27 pm

    I am pleased that my fellow Mormon has penned such a nice song…

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