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December 20, 2011
Peter, Paul and Mary - Light One Candle
Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah, so I decided to post a video in honor of all my Jewish friends. While I like a good game of dreidel as much as anyone, I didn't want to be all obvious and post the Dreidel Song, nor did I want to go the parody route (for once in my life) and post Adam Sandler's Hannukah song (though I think it's funny). Instead, I decided to go with a song called "Light One Candle," which was written by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, and Mary. Yarrow, a political activist, penned the song after receiving the "Peace Begins With Me" award from the Light One Candle Children's Education Fund in 1997. Yarrow dedicated the song to the members of the organization before performing it with Peter, Paul, and Mary at a concert preceding the 1997 Peace Awards in San Antonio, TX. Yarrow said he wrote it because he wanted to "write a song that would be...a call for peace and reconciliation."