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“MATZA MIA: Six13’s Passover parody is the matzah ball of musical mashups!

Just in time for the first night of Passover, Jewish a cappella group Six13 dropped their latest musical parody video – MATZA MIA!

If the title doesn’t jump out at you, it’s a not to the legendary Swedish quartet ABBA, who rocked the world of disco and singable soft rock a generation ago, and they – just – will – not – stop.

This three-minute video is comprised of the group singing “new” lyrics to four ABBA’s greatest hits; “Take A Chance on Me,” “Dancing Queen,” “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme,” and “Mamma Mia.”

The St. Louis connections

Six13 member Lior Melnick, who is an alum of Solomon Schechter Day School of St. Louis (now Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School) and a member of Traditional Congregation, not only takes a leading role in the video but also plays a significant role in crafting many of the lyrics.

“I wrote a good chunk of the lyrics for this one, and although I didn’t come up with the theme for the humorous last song, I developed many of that song’s lyrics thanks to personal experience,” said Melnick. “We hope this video helps people celebrate Passover this year with pride in their faith and a smile on their face.”

We bet you’ll be smiling for so long; your face will ache.

(2022) Six13 returns with new video “A Billy Joel Passover”

“Sing us a song for the seder, man!” is the central theme behind Jewish a capella greats Six13 newest release for Passover. 

“Billy is one of our musical heroes (not to mention a member of the tribe!), so this one’s very special to us,” writes the group on their YouTube page, as the video “A Billy Joel Passover” debuted, just around Noon St. Louis time. 

The Piano Man

Melnick opens the video, with “It’s 9:00 on a seder day,” and then the group performs their verision of Joel’s classic “Piano Man,” with cleverly linked lyrics that never stray too far from the originals’ tone and pace.  The group not only hits with their lyrics in a tasteful interpretation of the holiday but does so with their traditional sense of humor, which makes them magnetic to watch.

Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)

And, just as you’re getting into the song, Six13 transitions into their version of another Joel classic, “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song),” from the “Stranger” album.

“Nation of Israel was tired and sore. Praying for redemption someday.”

Far and way, the best part of this clip, and you really have to know the song to appreciate it, is when the lyrics come to the climactic crescendo of Joel’s:

“Workin’ too hard can give you a heart attack (ack, ack, ack, ack, ack).

Six13 nails their interpretation at 1:45 into the video with:

“And saying no to G-d brought on a plague attack (ack, ack, ack, ack, ack)

We Didn’t Start the Fire

Few Billy Joels songs are as ripe for mock-up as “We Didn’t Start The Fire,” in fact Joel himself famously did just that last year during a show at  Madison Square Garden. For Six13’s version called “G-d set a bush on fire,” the team is “on fire” as they perform individually in front of red hot flames, just as Joel did in his video back in 1989.

Scenes From an Italian Restaurant

Clearly, Six13 are fans of the “Stranger” because they went with one more classic from it; “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant.’ They actually start at the end of the song, and the last verse.

“A bottle of red, a bottle of white. Whatever kind of mood you’re in tonight”

Four cups of red. Four cups of white.
Tonight is different from all other nights.


According to the band’s website, Six13 is anchored by a strong Jewish identity, fueled by soulful harmonies and intricate arrangements. Their signature dynamic is full-band-like sound and driven by a mission to connect Jews around the world with their heritage through music.

For more information about the group, visit https://www.six13.com/

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Jordan Palmer
Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer
Jordan worked at KSDK from 1995 to 2020. Jordan is a three-time Emmy award winner who produced every kind of show from news to specials during his tenure, creating Show Me St. Louis, The Cardinal Nation Show. He started ksdk.com in 2001 and won three Edward R. Murrow Awards for journalistic and website excellence in 2010, 2014 and 2020. Jordan has been married for 25 years and is the father of two college students. He is an avid biker, snowboarder, and beer lover. He created the blog drink314.com, focusing on the St. Louis beer community in 2015. Jordan has an incredible and vast knowledge of useless information and is the grandson of a Cleveland bootlegger.