(CNN) – Hanukkah may last eight times as long, but when it comes to seasonal songs, Christmas tends to dominate by sheer volume - the list of Yuletide carols is enough to sustain radio stations for weeks, while the canon of high-profile Hanukkah holiday tunes would barely last past the first commercial break or two.
But now there's another entry to the songlist for the Festival of Lights, thanks to
Sen. Orrin Hatch. The Utah Republican, a Mormon, has released his own musical tribute to the Jewish holiday: "Eight Days of Hanukkah", which debuted in a video released on the Tablet magazine Web site Tuesday night. Hatch's voice wasn't featured in the clip – but he did appear throughout, at one point flashing a mezuzah pendant he sported around his neck. (A mezuzah is a piece of parchment, often contained in a decorative case, that includes Hebrew verses from the Torah. It's placed on doorframes in the homes of observant Jews.)
Hatch may represent a state not noted for a significant Jewish presence, but the senator said the song was actually aimed at educating celebrants far from Salt Lake City. "I know a lot of Jewish people that don't know what Hanukkah means," he told writer Jeffrey Goldberg. His song, he said, was intended to help them "realize the miracle that's being commemorated here. It's more than a miracle; it's the solidification of the Jewish people."
As for the tune itself: It sounds a light rock holiday note, complete with singing children and a bit of a klezmer vibe.
The last song released by Hatch, a veteran musician and songwriter, was a melody dedicated to his good friend, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts.