Everybody likes babies. Some people like unique names. An Israeli couple likes both.
The couple decided not to wait for Facebook users to click on the “like” button when seeing photographs of their newborn baby girl. Instead, they pre-empted them by naming her: Like.
The most popular names for girls in Israel currently are Noa, Maya and Tamar.
But Lior and Vardit Adler, from Hod Hasharon, a town north-east of Tel Aviv, went a step further to ensure their child would not have namesakes in her classroom.
“To me it is important to give my children names that are not used anywhere else, at least not in Israel,” the father told the German Press Agency dpa on Monday.
The couple gave unique names to their first two children too, perhaps for their love of cooking: Dvash (honey in Hebrew) and Pie.
When they chose the name Like, the sound was at least as important as the meaning, explained Lior.
Like had a nice and international ring to it, he said, and Facebook had become the icon of today’s generation.
“If once people gave Biblical names and that was the icon, then today this is one of the most famous icons in the world,” he said, joking that the name could be seen as a modern version of the traditional Jewish name Ahuva, which means “beloved.”
Although his and his wife’s parents had expected an original name, the couple’s friends and acquaintances reacted incredulously. “They simply didn’t believe it,” said Lior.
“I believe there will be people who will lift a eyebrow,” he said, “but it is my girl and that’s what’s fun about it.”
Will one-week-old Like like her name too? Lior said he hoped so.
“By the way, I asked her, but she wouldn’t answer,” he laughed.
How would you describe your music ?
Soulful with lots of strings.
There are so many amazing instruments, why the violin ? and why electric ?
My parents gave me a violin when I was 5 years old and I still love it! I am using the same violin for acoustic and electric.
Who are some of the artist that have influenced your music ?
Johann Sebastian Bach, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Biggie Smalls, A Tribe Called Quest, Antonio Carlos, Jobim, James Taylor, Bill Withers, Earth Wind & Fire, Ray Charles, Charlie Parker and many many many more!!!
Where is your favorite place to play ?
I like playing for people, the place or venue do not matter, what matters is connecting to the audience via music.
You’ve collaborated with so many amazing artist such as Janet Jackson, Akon, Alicia Keys and so many more, how does it feel for an Israeli artist to perform with these people? who was your favorite ?
Every collaboration was a great experience, I don’t have a favorite. I grew up in a small town in Israel and music brought me to places and people I could only have dreamed of.
You’ve recently played at the white house, that must have been a dream come true ? how would you describe it ? You met the first lady, how was that ?
Playing at the White House and being honored as an “Remarkable Woman” by the first lady was an honor and an incredible experience. It inspired me to keep following my dreams even more!
Does being Israeli influence your music ? How are you received internationally ?
My experience, knowledge and education have to do with the fact that I grew up in Israel playing classical music and was exposed to the middle eastern music and culture. I use this knowledge when I produce and write my music. Being from Israel, helped me to be open minded, learn to play different music genres and collaborate with all types of artists from Wynton Marsalis to Kanye West and Aventura.
What is your favorite city in Israel ? why ? do yo have any spots you’d recommend ? (restaurants, cafes, clubs etc…)
I love visiting Jerusalem, it feels like you are stepping into history… As far as restaurants and clubs, there is no place like Tel Aviv, my grandparents used to live in Neve Zedek and my mom loves taking me to the restaurants in the area.
Does Size Matter ?
This question is going put me in trouble no matter how I answer it so I’d rather not haha