Saving the Song From the Reality TV Circus

A chance encounter with a favorite tune reminds one critic that, despite the deluge of reality music shows celebrating the personality of the singer, there is still magic to be found in the power of the song.

Last Friday, outside an elementary school in Ramat Gan, I experienced a particularly moving musical event. It was ten minutes before the end of school, and only a few parents were waiting for their kids by the gate. From the school’s auditorium came the voice of a young girl singing Shuli Rand's "Ayeka" (Where art thou?). My suspicion that this was a rehearsal for a Memorial Day ceremony was...