Dancing dreidels and glowing menorahs populate Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings‘ colorful, animated clip for “8 Days (of Hanukkah),” a funky cut from their recently released holiday LP, It’s a Holiday Soul Party. Director/illustrator Rich Terrana gives the video a warm, Sixties-styled look, bringing Jones’ Hanukkah-themed lyrics to life.
“Eight days of Hanukkah / Every one of them glows with love,” Jones sings over soulful Hammond organ and sax, before describing the holiday festivities – lighting candles, frying latkes, cooking brisket, spinning dreidels – of each day. Toward the track’s end, the band sneaks in lyrical and musical nods to “The Dreidel Song.”
Jones & the Dap-Kings will make three television appearances this week to promote Soul Party: Conan on Monday, December 7th; Michael Buble’s Christmas in Hollywood on Thursday, December 10th; and The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Friday, December 11th. The band has two tour dates scheduled for this month: Washington, D.C.’s Lincoln Theatre on December 8th and a New Year’s Eve gig at Chicago’s House of Blues.