Category Archives: Music

Yesterday’s Men

This Phil Coulter tune — a few decades old, with an Irish twist — is obviously relevant to today’s America. Performed here by Celtic Thunder‘s George Donaldson. Thanks to Michael Libbie for bringing it to my attention.

They are America’s new forgotten men.

Oh, we gave them our best years — now they’ve paid us back,
By making us yesterday’s men

‘Twas Joey the weasel that gave us the wire,
They were closing our factory down
Though we didn’t believe him and we called him a liar,
The redundancy letters came round

As we read them in silence, I choked back a tear,
It was hard to believe after twenty-odd years

Farewell my companions, my friends and my workmates
Farewell to the paydays, the pints and the craic
Oh, we gave them our best years now they’ve paid us back,
By making us yesterday’s men, sure as hell,
By making us yesterday’s men

So we said our goodbyes by the factory gates,
One cold Friday evening last year
And I saw it all there in the eyes of my mates,
The anger, the sadness, the fear

Like our fathers before us we worked there with pride,
Now we fought back the bitterness burning inside


Ah now Jimmy, said she, give the kids a few bob,
After all, sure it is Friday night
But how could I tell her I was out of a job,
From now on things were going to be tight

How well I remember it cut like a knife,
I was never a day on the dole in my life


The machines now are silent, the workbenches bare,
And there’s dust on the factory floor
They’ve boarded the windows and have chained up the gates,
And have padlocked the factory door

Now I’m on the scrap-heap, and I’m thirty-nine,
Just one of the hundreds, shot down in my prime

Chorus (twice)


“Friday” — Coping with instant fame.

13-year-old Rebecca Black is the latest viral sensation. Her music video, “Friday,” has topped 28million. It’s also subjected her to a massive amount of online ridicule. Certainly, she’s crying all the way to the bank.

Here’s Black’s first TV interview, on Good Morning America. On Friday. Her dream? To perform with Justin Bieber — whose music she topped on last week’s iTunes sales chart.

Music to our ears

Vodpod videos no longer available.“If everyone played the ukulele, this world would be a much happier place.” Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, performed by Jake Shimabukuro, via TED.

An internationally-flavored ‘Redemption Song,’ on the 66th anniversary of Bob Marley’s birth

“We’ll free the people with music”—Bob Marley

30 years after his passing, Bob Marley lives on through Playing for Change. Voices from around the world joined recently to create this version of his “Redemption Song”

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our minds.…

How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look?

Some say it’s just a part of it:
We’ve got to fulfill the book.

Won’t you help me sing
Another song of freedom—
It’s all I ever had:
Redemption song.


This link will take you back to circa 1979: an acoustic performance of “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley—


“Stand By Me,” also filmed around the world by Playing for Change, has been viewed more than 28 million times since November 2008—


Post updated 2/9/2011 to correct year of Marley’s death, and to add more links.

Paul’s music video

Here’s an entertaining departure from our sometimes grim [though ultimately optimistic!] discussion of the future of the news media — a recently released music video featuring my son, Paul Weintrob, and Rosie Yadid — Ghengisonogram — performing their song, “Square B8.” The film, shot last summer at Coney Island, was created by Aurora Alänge as his final “Sight & Sound: Film” project at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Paul, a Ramaz School graduate, is a first year student at Bard College; Rosie is a senior at Ramaz.

We don’t need a weatherman to know how the wind blows, but everyone needs shelter from the storm

We’ve seen plenty of clips parodying “news”people who stand outside in stormy weather to capture the rain live at 5 (their mothers clearly did not teach their children well). Flip side: Here’s a guy who’s outside in the rain for a cause — and in this case, his performance makes sense.

Good luck, California!

But, hey, it’s a holiday week and we’re mandated to kick back. With that in mind, here’s a double dose of Dylan (the second via a trip to YouTube). Enjoy:

As we commiserate with a drenched California, a blizzard-socked Midwest, and a cold-snapped Northeast … and with hope that there will be joy in our hearts and peace in our relationships in the New Year … Lena Horne:

Michael Jackson “Beat It,” Now We “Tweet It”

Great spoof by Pantless Knights

And Michael Jackson’s original—