Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Five in the Morning-Roni Yedidia feat. Kobi Oz

What a great song to open the month with. After the wave of Passover and national days there's an "after holidays" feel and it's a bit hard to get back in routine-especially with summer just around the corner. I'm so used to opening the day with Ynet-checking what happened while I was sleeping and usually something happened. It's always so surreal when I go abroad and don't hear hourly updates of the news on the radio and there's no main evening news program which the whole country watches. It would be nice if everyone would take a break during the summer. Nothing bad would happen, there would be nothing to report, everyone would just chill back and do whatever they please. Of course, that's unrealistic and everybody would probably just talk nonstop about how nothing ever happens. Or become obsessed with the weather. But there is always the hope of just for a bit living in a normal world where not much happens. This song is part of a project by Roni Yedidia of new versions to Nathan Alterman's wonderful poetry. I really like what he did with this song. It's so energetic and very nostalgic to early Israeli music and the clip is so bright and creative. Here's an older completely different version to the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mk9U06nTfvo

Five in the morning, chilly
A lantern flashes light on the frozen main road
A star left is still shining on the city
Singular in his point of view

A man opens his window to the horizon
And takes out his dreaming nose.
His nose flies like a dove returning and informing
The world is still safe and sound.

On this night  nothing happened
No continent in the oceans sank
No political map switched its skin
No republic bursted

The history skipped over this night
And the newspaper writers overlooked in the shade
The man slowly gets dressed as if he were an hallucinator
And thinks, thank God.


another song by Yedidia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I31SaZwHhzY

Kobi Oz was the leader of the very popular 90's band Teapacks, known for their positive pop oriental style. Oz later went on to a solo career with more acoustic and religous songs.



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