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Over the past few years, we’ve had the unique opportunity to meet all sorts of interesting Jewish folks in all sorts of interesting places. And in each new city we’ve visited, we’ve been welcomed by a community that acts almost like an extended family. We can always count on a few fans who are happy to join us for afternoon prayers as our “Minyan Men.”
Growing up, Minyan Man was one of those songs we all knew. At school, in summer camp, we would sing the story of this fictional, fading Jewish community’s final act. Was this a preemptive eulogy for American Judaism? Or perhaps a hopeful reminder that thriving, future generations would sustain the memory of their predecessors? More likely, this song was about the powerful unity of the Jewish people: how complete strangers can come together and pray in even the most unlikely of places.
For us, the opportunity to record this song with it’s originator, Lenny Solomon of Shlock Rock, is more than just another item on the list of serendipitous and almost-surreal experiences that we’ve come across these past few years. Lenny is the godfather of Jewish Parody, the inventor of the genre that got us off the ground. Though Minyan Man is not itself a parody but a one-of-a-kind original, we owe a lot of what we’ve achieved to Lenny’s trailblazing work.
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Minyan Man is featured on Shlock Rock’s latest album, Shlockapella.