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Sunday, February 19, 2006

Waiting For A Melody...

Moved on! Check TheCairoCalls

One of my favorite songs ever is Madonna's "American Pie". Not as much for the artist (not a big fan), as for a line of lyrics:
Now, do you believe in Rock n Roll?
And, can music save your mortal soul?

I'd hear that and go: "Yeah!"

It is something I believe in; arts in general, and music and cinema in particular over here in the middle east, have tremendous transformational powers. I was reminded of this fact, when I read this NYT article on Sayyed Darweesh. Here is a man who, only through his musical talent, and refusal to comply with earlier musical traditions, was able to inspire a whole country to revolt against a formidable oppressor (the British occupying forces). He was considered by some, as the second leader of the 1919 revolution, together with Sa'ad Zaghloul.
His songs are still memorable to this day, and the goose bumps I get everytime I hear our anthem being sung (not played, that's part of the genius) is the best evidence of how far reaching his influence is.

For songs by Sayeed Darweesh, go here (Arabic)

Moved on!


you might be glad to hear this

but American Pie is not a Madonna song...


By Blogger the saint, at February 20, 2006 2:22 PM  

yeah i know...i knew that it was by Don Mclean..but never heard it, and I thought that those specific lines are only in the Madonna version. apparently they were in the original one as well...
Thnx a lot mate for the info.

By Blogger Tomanbay, at February 20, 2006 2:32 PM  

Speaking of music that has political influence, I find Pakistani pop music to be an important type to know. (It also happens to be some of the best current music around.) Not just JUNOON, though they are important, but the whole music scene seems to be bringing people together and creating a way for Pakistanis to speak out, even if the music itself is rarely political.

(btw, I'm not Pakistani, nor can I speak Urdu.)

By Blogger Prup (aka Jim Benton), at February 20, 2006 5:15 PM  

The Don Mclean version is really nice and its a much longer version with beautiful lyrics...

you should check it out..

By Blogger SatisfiedNina, at February 20, 2006 10:43 PM  

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