This past Shabbos, which was Shabbos Chanukah, at shalosheudos, Rav Moshe Weinberger pointed out that everyone only knows only one niggun to Maoz Tzur. It is a beautiful tune, but why is there only one? He therefore said that he has been singing a different tune from Michael Shapiro with his family for about 30 years! He taught the shul (Aish Kodesh in Woodmere, NY) the tune for the first time right there at Shalosheudos.
In order to track down a recording of the song, a special Yid who was there, Rabbi Reuven Boshnack recorded himself singing as much of it as he could remember and sent it to Rabbi Gavriel Bellino, a connoisseur of Michael Shapiro's music who B"H found it!
You can listen to it using the youtube video above or downloading the mp3 HERE. You can also click here to order Michael Shapiro's music CDs.
If you may be in Aish Kodesh in Woodmere, NY next Chanukah, make sure to listen a few times so you can be ready to sing it with us!
P.S. Rav Weinberger held a beautiful mesiba for Zos Chanukah last night hosted by Reb Roni Goldberg. See below for a little video clip I took on my Blackberry (yes - they still exist, at least through my office) of the chevra dancing to one of my favorite songs, Reb Shlomo's Hazor'im B'Dima (music by Nochi Krohn). Enjoy!