November 16, 2012
Past issuesFeeds Contact us
Top stories:

Bar mitzvah ideas

Start a simcha stampede

for The Brooklyn Paper

Piecing together the right mix of songs for a bar mitzvah isn’t easy business.

“You need to blend songs that are age-appropriate and universal,” says Jewish DJ Gilad Aldad, who has entertained bar and bat mitzvah guests for more than two decades.

And what can be more universal than PSY’s “Gangnam Style?” The catchy single performed by a stocky Korean rapper with a penchant for pastel blazers has raked in well over 650 million (and counting) hits on YouTube, making the music video — and it’s signature “gallop dance” — a global phenomenon.

Aldad admits that Top 40 singles and kitschy, pop culture delights like “Gangnam Style” are usually the first to make it onto his playlists, but he also stresses the importance of bridging the generation gap. For instance, the professional purveyor of pop suggests wisely selected classics like “I’ve Had The Time of My life” from the “Dirty Dancing” soundtrack. The song, which was hugely popular two decades ago, appeals to both nostalgia–loving adults and less-familiar tweens who will recognize the song’s melody from the modern hit “The Time,” by the Black Eyed Peas.

So, what other oldie-but-goodies get everyone at a simcha up and moving? We asked Aldad for his picks:

• “In the Mood” — Glenn Miller, 1939

• “Twist and Shout” — The Beatles, 1963

• “Sweet Caroline” — Neil Diamond, 1973

• “YMCA” — Village People, 1978

• “You Shook Me All Night Long” — AC/DC, 1980

• “Forever Young” — Alphaville, 1984

• “I’ve Had The Time of My Life” — Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes (“Dirty Dancing”), 1987

• “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” — Journey, 1988

Pin It
Print this story Permalink

Reader Feedback

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

Schneps Community News Group