Handel And Jimi Hendrix - Poem by gershon hepner
Next to where once Jimmy Hendrix
used to live lived G.F. Handel,
the former more beloved by shmendricks
who can’t to Handel hold a candle.
Georg Frederic wrote the music Jews
perform on Hannukah, his Ju-
das Maccabeus what I choose
when candlelighting as Jews do.
Maoz tsur yeshu’ati
is not as song that Jimi wrote,
but nor did Handel. Let’s agree
to love both latkes and compote.
Alan Chapman, before broadcasting the Third Water Music Suite by Handel, pointed out that he wsa a posthumous neighbor of Jimi Hendrix, who lived at 23 Brook Street, W1 from 1968-69 at the peak of his short career. Upon learning that the composer Handel had lived next door at 25 Brook Street 250 years beforehand, he went to a local record shop and bought some works, including Messiah and the Water Music. For arquee, the Speakeasy and the Saville, and he would spend many evenings wandering from club to club looking for a chance to play. On 14 September 1997,23 Brook Street was chosen for an English Heritage Blue Plaque commemorating his life and work. Since November 2001, the upper floors of 23 Brook Street including Hendrix's flat, have been part of the Handel House Museum. Maoz tsur yeshu’ati is the song that is traditionally sung after lighting lights, not necessarily candles, on Handels, before eating latkes or ample compote.
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