Lately I seem to find myself doing housework to Arabic music from the 1950’s and ‘60’s. I imagine I’m declaring love that surpasses understanding or reason while I iron shirts, and asking God for patience with a lover’s thick headedness while wiping down the countertops, complete with emphatic hand gestures and head tosses.
Mustafa Sandal feat. Natalia ~ Aşka Yürek Gerek
Greek singer Natalia sings the Greek portions, and Turkish pop star Mustafa Sandal performs the Turkish parts. This is the most successful blending of the Greek language with pop music I’ve heard to date. The language’s undulating pace is balanced with the sharper rises and falls of Turkish, and is punctuated by the characteristically upbeat Turkish pop. The result is that the Greek language is neither overwhelmed by the uptempo music, nor underwhelmed by lackluster efforts. And, of course the Turkish, as always, is perfectly complemented by the fast-paced pop, providing the listener with the smooth cadence of Greek and the exciting rhythms of Turkish.
Guy who I had dinner with, who grew up in Suburbia and who, out of any place in the world, would choose to live there: So…what kind of music do you like?
Me: I like international music.
Guy: I *knew* you’d say that.
Me: Sorry I’m so predictable.
Guy: But you grew up *here!*