Larry Robbins was out with a group of friends one evening when he heard something unique that immediately peaked his interest. His good friend uttered a word that was totally new to Robbins: Mazelations. A puzzled Robbins asked his friend about the word, and she explained that Mazelations is a blend of two greetings — Mazel Tov and Congratulations — and that she and her friends had been using it for years.
Without realizing it, the friends had stumbled upon what’s known in grammar as a portmanteau, a combination of words that forms a new word. The expression got Robbins musical juices flowing. A part-time singer and songwriter, Robbins was intrigued by Mazelations’ sound and meaning. He soon became determined to write a song featuring the newest word in his vocabulary.
The result is “Mazelations,” what Robbins describes as a celebration and party song. The song features a strong dance beat, an infectious sing-a-long chorus, and a positive, all-inclusive wish for a “lifetime of happiness” and “dreams that come true.”
Robbins wrote and recorded the song as an act of love — his love for music and his love for people. At his request, friends and family are heard singing background vocals in the recording, including the woman who first introduced him to the word Mazelations.
It’s official! Larry Robbins is under the influence.
That’s right, the former lounge singer and self-proclaimed “guitar slinger” has definitely been under some sort of musical influence since hitching rides to band practice in the drummer’s garage — way before the whole garage-band scene was cool, much less an app.
If being exposed to Classic Bach and Classic Rock (and every genre in between) can leave a mark, then Robbins is tagged for life.
Motown to Country to Disco. Standards to Underground. Robbins has a deep respect for tradition, but he’s always eager to include new music types and expand his musical horizons.
For Robbins, it’s all about musical influence and its association with special moments in your life. It’s about rekindling the moments of joy and celebration etched in your mind.
Perhaps a first kiss, a wedding, or a birth of a child. It’s a reaction to a piece of music that triggers a smile — or a tear — and causes a sense of fullness when experiencing a “once in a lifetime” event.
But then again for Robbins, it’s all about the party. And nothing makes a party like the music.
Sure there are lots of party songs — and lots of drinking songs — and anybody can party just to party.
But for Robbins, there’s a difference. It’s when you celebrate with the people you love and care about most in your life.
It’s when your “sing-a-long” voice carries a wish for a lifetime of happiness, and a hope that all their dreams might come true.
Now that’s a celebration party on a whole different level. Now it’s personal. It’s that personal “one-to-one” special level of warmth, love, and groove that Robbins has been seeking.
Robbins has been looking for such a song, but he could never find it. So he wrote it.
Mazelations….coming to you!