Currently, I am still recuperating from my 10-day Israeli journey. It is 9 a.m. on Memorial Day. What the heck am I doing up? The fact that my body thinks it is mid-afternoon may be a reason. Well, since I am up, it’s time to post.
My trip to Israel was filled with song. Songs constantly streaming from my Ipod to keep me occupied during bus trips and my two long flights. The interesting mix of Israeli and American music in Israeli markets that amalgamated into an almost incoherent combination of beats and sounds. The exciting sounds of commerce in loud Hebrew and broken Englsh. The repetitive and increasingly pestering singing on our tour bus. And, even the times of complete silence where only the sough of the light breeze picking up desert sand could be heard. Yes, music was a pervasive part of my Israeli vacation, and I knew I had to bring a particular music souvenir back for you faithful readers.
After a day of walking and sight seeing (we did a lot of these things on the trip) our group of 40 college students from Binghamton University were given 45 minutes to eat dinner at a mall. After spotting one of the most odd store neighbours in the world (a Mcdonalds next to a synagogue) and eating the Israeli version of fast food Chinese food, I spotted a Tower Records and jumped at the opportunity to check out some Israeli music. When I walked inside I saw Israel’s Top 25 albums. I promptly took a picture and unfortunately I am having major issues uploading it to the blog. So, just trust me. Most of the list was Israeli artists (including number one). But, a few American artists made it on. Justin Bieber was #20 (well, that’s a shame). #6 was Barbara Streisand (which is just too perfect). The title of #1 went to an artist named Yehuda Poliker (who I understandably did not know much about).
Yehuda Poliker was born in Kiryat Haim, a suburb of Haifa, Israel, to Holocaust survivors. He is both a talented musician and known painter. His music combines pop/rock, Israeli folk, Greek and other Mediterranean influences. He can play numerous instruments and has a powerful and soothing voice. Take a listen to “Things I Wanted to Say”: