Rich Girl

A few days ago while we were on the cruise, we heard the song, “Rich Girl” by Gwen Stefani, Eve, et al. Now I’ve heard this song before many times – heck I’d even say that I like it. The interesting thing is that this time we were with Nicole’s parents and they instantly commented on how similar it sounded to “If I Were a Rich Man” from Fiddler on the Roof. And I instantly realized that they were right (I’ve listened to bits of Fiddler on the Roof but it was probably, I don’t know, 20 years ago). That gave me a new-found respect for the song and for its authors Gwen Stefani, Eve, Dr. Dre., and several others. It’s amazing to me that they could take a 40+ year old song from a Broadway musical about Russian Jews and make it into an amazingly catchy and popular pop song. Heck, I’d imagine that most of the teenagers listening to this song have no idea of its heritage.

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