3 girls, Loreena McKennitt, Sevdah and Bjelo Dugme – Talk about a strange mix!
We have three daughters, the hubby and I. We have decided that one must become an engineer to take over the family business and this position hubby has decided will be filled by the oldest of the three. The second daughter has been designated dentist and much to my husbands disdain, she was telling me yesterday that she has to get better at art if she is going to be an interior designer (a secret love of my own – I wanted to be an interior architect – score one for me, god knows none of them look like me, it’s a good thing I gave birth to them). He hasn’t decided what the youngest will become. Although at Friday’s parent teacher conferences, her pre-kindergarten Quran teacher informed me that “Mashhhhhhhhalllllllllllllaaaaaaaaah, little A is sooooooooooooooooooooooo (at this point I have a beaming smile waiting to be told how smart she is) ……
All three are gorgeous. They all have either green or blue eyes taking the blue from my husband along with his gorgeous long lashes and the green are from me. One daughter has a gold stripe on one of her blue eyes (they call it a freckle), it’s absolutely amazing.
The thing about the youngest one is that it freaks me out how much people stare at her and how many people find that they have to stop me to tell me how beautiful she is. It gives me this really bad feeling, like something bad could happen. I’m hoping to actually just jinx this negative feeling by talking about it. It’s not just the way she looks, it is her actual character, her personality. Once a day there is a story to tell on how she had us on the floor laughing or how she’s figured out how to wrap someone around her finger. “She’s unbelievable” that’s been the motto for this one by everyone.
Okay, so anyway, I didn’t even mean to go there. Last night while my husband was browsing the robotics/electronics section for our oldest daughter, the engineer, I was going through the CD section looking for a CD called The Prayer Cycle. I love music, I love almost all music (all but country). This particular CD features both Alanis Moriset and Ofra Haza, I love both artists, and I just discovered that someone named Nusrat Fatah Ali Khan is also in this CD. Lucky me has to order it, I didn’t find it last night. There are nine movements within the CD that are breathtaking, I will order it today.
I did run accross another CD, on that I had, but it got eaten by a CD player. Last night I picked up Loreena MckKennitt’s “the book of secrets”. It is an amazing, hauntingly beautiful celtic and historically inspired work of art. Visit here to learn more. PBS will be airing her September Alhambra concert in early 2007 – “Nights from the Alhambra”.
Today while listening to her CD I was once again reminded that one of her songs is earily similar to a Bosnian sevdahlinka. I am not sure which song and have to get my mother over here to listen to her song to tell me that I’m not crazy and which song it is that it reminds me of. When I figure it all out, I will post the two songs (I have to figure out how to post audio to my blog as well).
Still, the song really had me thinking about Bosnian sevdahlinke. The word sevdahlinka stems from the word “sevdah”. Sevdah is a Turkish word which means “passion” or “lovesickness”. Here is a description from wikipedia:
In musical sense, sevdalinka is charactericized by a slow or moderate tempo and rich harmony, leaving a melancholic feeling with the listener. Sevdalinka songs are very elaborate, emotionally charged and are traditionally sung with passion and fervor. The singer will often impose the rhythm and tempo of the song, both of which can vary throughout the song. It is usually sung with a single male vocal, although female vocals are not uncommon. Usually, it is played by a small orchestra containing accordion (the most prominent), violin, nylon-string guitars and/or other string instruments (occasionally), flute or clarinet (occasionally), upright bass, snare drum, although in the past traditional instruments such as the saz were used as well. In between the verses, an accordion or violin solo can almost always be heard. Its lyrics are ballads, usually devoted to falling in love or to unfortunate love — the origin of the name is a Turkish word sevda meaning “passion” or “lovesickness”.
Now, I don’t care if you are an Iron Maiden long haired metal head or the Nine Inch Nails mosh pit chick, if you are Bosnian, this is the music that will be played at your wedding. Not only will it be played at your wedding, but you will know every word and you will be up there doing a slow kolo, or possibly a shoto. Besides that, you have a secret love for Himzo Polovina’s “Jutros prođoh kroz čaršiju (I passed through the town this morning)” and please do not bother denying it, we all know it is true.
In other Samaha music news – I missed the bijelo dugme concert. I will never get over not going to that concert. I always swore that if bjelo dugme (I wanted to use that picture but thought maybe it was too graphic for some of you – oh, that’s also a warning) ever came out here that I would go, but I didn’t (crying and throwing temper tantrum over here). bjelo dugme is a rock band of the former Yugoslavia. I’m not sure where they fall these days, Serbia or Bosnia or Croatia. Doesn’t matter, they were awesome. Some of their music was featured in the “Time of the Gypsies” movie that won international awards. See it if you can.