Where Did Matisyahu's Beard Go? We Found It!
Rapper Matthew Paul Miller, stage name Matisyahu, made waves this week by tweeting a picture of his face, shorn of the trademark Chassidic beard, along with a message promising "an amazing year filled with music of rebirth." The message on his personal site also mentioned "rules" in his chosen religion.
Whatever the reason, we applaud Mr. Miller for having the guts to make a change, especially in regards to his religious journey. He's been somewhat of a hero to kids born into Judaism or those just exploring what's out there. It can't be easy to be in Miller's shoes, but it's probably very thrilling to be free.
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein has a cool take on the baby debacle over at the Huffington Post. Comments on Miller's site have ranged from people being supportive of his change of heart, to almost angry at "letting them down."
So of course, we had to put Miller's discarded beard onto other musical superstars, right? It just wouldn't be a Rocks Off production without a few hee-hees and guffaws...
You know, with a healthy beard like this, I think Adele's songs about romantic longing and heartbreak would actually be more heartbreaking, because she's like, a bigger girl with a beard, you know? It's almost doubly tragic. Plus, the beard can cover up throat surgery scars.
Sure, Michael Buble, that whole baby-faced 21st Century Sinatra act has gotten you pretty far, but can you imagine the trust-fund hippie-chicks you could pull into the arenas with a crotch-broom like this? Better add a swing version of "Sugar Magnolia" into the set.