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Hola Lola!

Tuesday, 30 June 2009
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Somewhere between San Luis Obispo to Napa, the kids remembered Lola. Lola is the protagonist of a catchy tune by the marvelous Zina Goldrich and Marcy Zinner. Nominated for two 2009 Drama Desk Awards, Dear Edwina, “Hola Lola” tells the story of a young girl from Lima, Peru who travels to her cousin, Harry’s, birthday party in Honolulu, Hawai’i and fears the language barrier will prevent the other children from including her in the celebration. The tune is upbeat, the lyrics are smart, and my kids demanded it be put on “repeat.”

For 37 miles.

Which took me back to the Summer of ’86. “The Glory of Love” was the #1 Single on the Billboard Charts, thanks to its inclusion in “The Karate Kid II.” Deep in the throes of teenage angst, I listened to a 90-minute tape of this song on my Sony Walkman during a family driving trip. The entire trip! This was before CDs and MP3s. So it required hours of listening to KIIS (102.7) and Lovesongs on the KOST (103.5) in order to fill an entire tape. (Which I was able to do **directly** from ther radio to the tape deck on my stereo which had been an 8th grade graduation gift from my parents!!!).

Yes, our annual trek to Northern California is underway. As we made our winding way along Porter Ranch Road, Poppyseed squealed “I remember that house! We’re almost there!!!”

URJ Camp Newman-Swing. The Frummies have arrived 🙂

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  1. Tuesday, 30 June 2009 8:01 am

    we just did our jew camp run too. soundtrack: an hour and 15 minutes of little shop of horrors.

  2. Robyn permalink
    Tuesday, 30 June 2009 7:31 pm

    So my family has a car trip tradition … in 1977 we drove from St Louis to Toronto. My parents had purchased an “Ernie and Bert Sing-along” tape and we popped it into the portable tape player (full-sized with 6-D batteries). Every road trip since then, it gets played. When my dad got the equipment to convert tapes to CDs, we each got a copy … so now my brother plays it with his kids, and yes – I play it alone when I am on a solo roadtrip.

    In December 2008, my brother and I were on a 13-hour road trip and yes, Bert and Ernie came along .. we called my parents while we were singing at the top of our lungs.

    So I hope, 20 years from now – your kids are are still singing “Hola Lola” on their roadtrips. It becomes minhag!

  3. Ellie Miller permalink
    Tuesday, 30 June 2009 7:33 pm

    We love Hola Lola and listen to it over and over again as well! I would love to take my kids to see Dear Edwina. We had Marcy and Zina at our temple last year- they were awesome.

  4. knittnkitten permalink
    Tuesday, 30 June 2009 10:00 pm

    Sounds very cool!
    Best wishes for a safe return.

  5. Frume Sarah permalink*
    Wednesday, 1 July 2009 12:47 am

    Marjorie — at least it was an entire album. We did listen to “Free to Be You & Me” for a couple of hours earlier in the day.

    Robyn — what a great story! May our minhag last as long as yours.

    Ellie — WOW!! They came to your shul??? How totally cool!!! I LOVE their music.

    Knittnkitten — thanks. We are doing the return drive in one day so I’m thinking we’re gonna need another CD!

  6. dkzody permalink
    Thursday, 2 July 2009 11:31 am

    Did you hear that the Sony Walkman just turned 30? My how technology has changed. Today’s teenagers wouldn’t know how to use one (you have to turn the tape over) and there isn’t enough music to last all day as there is on an iPod. What will life look like in another 30 years?

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