Heyse Latke, Kalte Latke

con molto applesauce
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Boy, Hanukkah just seems to get earlier every year, doesn’t it? This piece was first performed by my Maryland old time band, The Paint Branch Ramblers, as a loose play on the old time song “Hot Corn, Cold Corn,” and is a tribute to potato pancakes at any temperature. Play it con molto applesauce (or con molto sour cream if you prefer).

And to help you get started, here’s a live version with The Famous Orchestra recorded in Champaign, Illinois for Hanukkah in July in 2009. Was the the world ever so young as it was in 2009? This is a very warts-and-all performance, though I like it very much. We’re taking it a little faster than any of us are comfortable with, but you get to hear the very rare mandolin family pairing of Kip Rainey on a 4-string electric mandolin and yours truly, the Viper, on a metal-body Turkish cümbüş mandolin.

“Heyse Latke, Kalte Latke,” live, Mike ‘N Molly’s, August 2009

Also: found this in the course of reviewing my files. A very rare *guitar* rendition of this song that I must have done very close to the time I moved from Maryland to Milwaukee. I pull in a little piece of “Shakin'” by the Blasters, and I really like the sound on this very short bit.

“Heyse Latke, Kalte Latke,” guitar demo, December 2008

And with the Paint Branch Ramblers, where we did “Heyse Latke” as the first part of a medley with the Bill Monroe / Kenny Baker tune “Jerusalem Ridge.”

“Heyse Latke, Kalte Latke,” Paint Branch Ramblers, Accokeek, MD, December 2008

And for more than you ever wanted to know about “Heyse Latke Kalte Latke,” here’s the 1234567, and 8 part series I wrote for Hanukkah in 2008 at a time when I was in the middle of moving to Milwaukee and leaving Maryland behind me like the angel of history watching the wreckage pile skyward.

the kind of music your great-great-great-grandparents warned your great-great-grandparents about