Kingsley, Gershon – “God Is a Moog” – [Idelsohn Society]
Idelsohn Society For Musical Preservation (or in this case, Reboot Stereophonic label) continues to amaze with its focused and in depth look at American Jewish music and its influence on others. This release, “God Is A Moog” is a full collection of “the electronic prayers of Gershon Kingsley”. Kingsley is best known for bringing us the electronic pop culture AM radio wonder “Popcorn” as well as co-writing, with Jean Jacques Perrey, “Baroque Hoedown”, the theme of Disneyland’s Main Street Electrical Parade. But like many intensely creative people, he is much more than the sum of his parts. The book included in the double CD package gives incredible depth and insight into Gershon, his influences, his knowledge, his expertise, his values, his politics and his drive. “God Is A Moog” is heavily driven by all of these things, but with a uniqueness of character that makes these pieces so entertaining. Mixing his love of Moog and his love of Jewish prayer and holiday ritual, Gershon creates a Moog modern take on prayer and worship.
Sometimes the mix sound is kitsch (which I approve of HIGHLY), but others go deeper. It is hard not to smile at someone chanting, singing, or talking about God and religious rituals while the Moog blips, bloops, bleeps all around through and about the texts. Possibly one of the most avant-garde things we have in our collection purely for its attempt to be mainstream. Shalom aleikhem.