Israeli Classic Rock on YouTube

“Your Forehead Is Adorned” by Arik Einstein, Korin Elal and Yehudit Ravitz

— by Ronit Treatman

Where can you find an amazing collection of vintage footage of Israeli rock music? On a YouTube channel created by Guy Alon, an Israeli music aficionado. The Hertzlia native tells me, “I grew up with Israeli Music, which always was in the background in my parents’ house.”

I especially remember old LPs by Chava Alberstein, Matti Caspi and Svika Pick. However, it was only when I became an adult that I realized how deep the Israeli music was inside me, and really started to read, listen and explore the nostalgic Israeli music. It was only in my early 30s that I became a true “Israeli Music fan.”

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Impressed by the selection offered by his channel, I asked Guy how he got so many videos. “My collection is a result of decades of preserving old VCR cassettes with original recordings from Israeli TV, mainly with Israeli Music,” he said.

After I started my new hobby, of uploading my materials and sharing them with the world, the rumor of what I did spread and got to many people, who generously donated their own collections, or just old VCR cassettes for the noble cause.

“I was overwhelmed with the number of responses I got.” Guy Alon

“I started my journey with a small, beautiful clip sang by Netan’ela — one of my favorites singers,” recalls Alon.

I uploaded it on August 2006, to share with some of my friends, and was overwhelmed with the huge number of responses I got, from within Israel, and Jewish people worldwide, asking for more materials from the good old Israeli music. Since then I decided to slowly share my collection with everyone, with a goal to upload one new clip every day, a task I am proud to say that I managed to achieve. Today, my YouTube channel has more than 2000 clips that I uploaded, and is one of the most popular private YouTube channels in Israel.

And how about personal favorites? “My favorite artist is Matti Caspi,” Alon says.

I think he is a true musical genius. One that if was born in another country would have become one of the most succesful artist in the world. His music is so rich and deep that I can never get enough of it. Another artist I love to hear is Idan Raichel. He is a very talented musician, with original material of his own. He is also seems to be a very nice and modest person.

Ruhama Raz and Manny Amrilio reharsing “In My Beloved Country”

Summer With The School of Rock

— by Ronit Treatman

As the daughter of a classically trained pianist, I was extremely skeptical when my children told me they wanted to learn to play musical instruments at the Philadelphia School of Rock. I could just hear my grandmother snorting, “Feh, what kind of teaching is that?”

Much to my surprise, the system is outstanding. At the School of Rock, the students immediately begin to learn to play whatever they want. The instructors break down the songs, and the kids learn how to play them. No time is spent on tedious tasks like practicing scales.

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My son has been learning at the School of Rock for the past three years. He has learned how to play both electric and acoustic guitars. He has written and performed his own songs, and started a band. He  loves the way he connects with his teachers: “They have become my friends,” he told me. Many young people are enrolled at the School of Rock. Those who join the School of Rock’s bands have the opportunity to make meaningful new friendships.  

A great way to get a taste of the School of Rock is by enrolling in a summer camp session. It lasts long enough to understand what the School of Rock is all about. One of the coolest things about the School of Rock is that the professional bands on tour in Philadelphia drop in. When they do, they jam with the School of Rock’s students.