Ever since Georgia MP Marjorie Taylor Greene’s “gazpacho police” gaffe went viral in an interview earlier this week, jokes, memes, sarcastic tweets and more have been circulating all over the internet.
And just when we thought the joke had gone cold (get it?), we caught wind of a creative and very Jewish take on the Republican’s blooper: a klezmer song, “Gazpacho Police,” by the clarinetist and composer of BrooklynMichael Winograd.
“I’m drawn to small headlines and I felt like, whether the rep knew it or not, she was encroaching on my turf,” Winograd, 39, said. “What was I supposed to do?” It would be a shonda (too bad) to let this go to waste.
Winograd posted his original composition and accompanying video on YouTube and social media on Thursday – a day after Twitter exploded in mockery after Taylor Greene was heard comparing the House investigation into the 6 January at the “gazpacho” (she meant Gestapo). It turns out that in January, Winograd had set a goal of releasing a mini-EP every Thursday – the challenge he set himself was to compose, produce, record and release a song in a single day.
The whole process for the klezmer song and video “Gazpacho Police” — which includes animations by Taylor Greene — took about five hours, he said.
Winograd is no stranger to quick turnarounds. In 2020, during the first weeks of quarantine, he produced an original composition every day. He said it helped him ease the stress and anxiety so many of us feel.
Then, last fall, Winograd got a call from one of the producers of “And Just Like That,” the reboot of HBO’s “Sex and the City.” Unbeknownst to him, they had seen Winograd perform at a family member’s bat mitzvah and wanted to know if he could produce an original composition to use for the “they mitzvah” scene in the season finale, which aired. for the first time on February 3. The scene was shooting in less than a week – so the producers needed an original composition in a day.
Obviously they had gone to the right person. Winograd’s song, “I’ll Take the Soup” (anyone else feel a theme here?), can be heard in the opening scene of “they mitzvah”, in which protagonist Carrie Bradshaw ( Sarah Jessica Parker) invites her friends to Paris to scatter her late husband’s ashes.
“It was really nice that their music team and their production team hired someone to write something original,” Winograd said. “The ‘And Just Like That’ crew members, music supervisors and producers I’ve worked with are all fantastic.”
A highly respected klezmer composer, Winograd has collaborated with many high profile modern Jewish musicians, including Frank London and so called. He often travels across the country and the world to animate and give klezmer music workshops. His band, The Honorable Mentshn, will soon be touring to promote Winograd’s upcoming album of all-new klezmer music, “Early Bird Special.”
“When I release serious records, I try to spend a lot of time on publicity,” he said. “It’s very ironic that something like this doesn’t take a lot of work, but when I post something I’ve been working on for years, it takes a lot of money and time to get similar results.”
Still, Winograd said he was excited — if not at all surprised — by the online reactions to his video. On Facebook, one commenter wrote: “This is truly the best that could have come out of all of this.” Another commenter said he purchased the gazpacho-police.net URL and suggested a collaboration.
“That was to ask,” Winograd joked, offering to give rep Taylor Greene co-writer credit on the track.
“Although it’s funny, obviously [‘Gazpacho Police’] is unfortunately more than just the music,” Winograd said, hinting at the more sinister intentions behind her. ridiculous statements, such as blaming “Jewish space lasers” for the California wildfires in January 2021. “But still, when someone says something like that, what are you going to do? Not turn it into a klezmer song? »