Because of restrictions on enjoyment of music involved in the nine-day heightened mourning period which begins for Jewish people starting tonight (there has already been something of a mourning period for the last twelve days), this will be the last “Song of the Day” here for a little while.
Starting with sundown/nightfall tonight, Jews increase their mourning for a series of historical tragedies, most notably the destruction of the two Temples in Jerusalem, for a nine-day period, culminating with the observance of Tisha B’Av (the night of Monday, August 8 and Tuesday, August 9).
A fitting “Song of the Day” for today thus is the 1978 hit “Rivers of Babylon” by the Eurodisco group Boney M. The song gets its lyrics from Chapter 137 of Tehillim (Psalms). The Boney M song is a more well-known version of a song originally recorded by the rastafarian Jamaican group The Melodians in 1970, although it is perhaps less known than the Byrds’ hit “Turn! Turn! Turn!,” which gets its lyrics from Ecclesiastes.
Philadelphia Jewish Culture Examiner’s “Songs of the Day” will presumably resume on Wednesday, August 10.