Category Archives: Poetry & Music

My baby shot me down

Nancy Sinatra Bang Bang

I was five and he was six
We rode on horses made of sticks
He wore black and I wore white
He would always win the fight

Bang bang, he shot me down
Bang bang, I hit the ground
Bang bang, that awful sound
Bang bang, my baby shot me down.

Seasons came and changed the time
When I grew up, I called him mine
He would always laugh and say
“Remember when we used to play?”

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Summer Solstice

[picture taken from the internet]

Today is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

May the light within you last forever!

No particular reason for choosing this song, except I am in love with it 🙂

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcFTYhU2ldc   Koop – Koop Island Blues

AZADI: Songs Of Freedom For Iran

Please watch: The video says it all!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVsHn9l0VHk

Link to complete album (24 songs): http://azadimusic.bandcamp.com/  Free download, and all lyrics with English translation.

Take it easy; he is just expressing himself!

This week Iranian Shahin Najafi released a rap music called Naghi from where he lives in Europe, causing an uproar within a few hours from Islamist bullies who do not hesitate for a split second to beat up a girl publicly for showing a strand of hair, but feel supersensitive about any form of socio-political criticism especially when it touches their religiosity. The song was also declared blasphemy and apostasy by a few clerics in Iran, which could easily lead to death penalty. The charge, albeit unofficial so far, is absolutely atrocious and ill founded.  That is why some of Iranian bloggers inside and outside the country have staged a campaign in solidarity with Shahin Najafi against any possible threat directed at him by the Islamic regime of Iran. Read more »

Kiosk – “Morteza”

Morteza_kioskhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FRA1zKUPgw   Note

  1. Album: Outcome of Negotiations
  2. Uploaded on Youtube by kioskband on Dec. 2011

Kiosk is one of my favourite Iranian Music bands. This Album/song is not new but I just heard it and like dit a lot, so I transcribed the Persian lyric and translated it into English. “Morteza”, the song’s title, is a Persian male name.

Kiosk’s stinging political satire is hidden within its blues and folksy sound… Their lyrics are a social commentary on the issues that affect the daily lives of Iranians all over the world” BBC World cited in Kiosk’ facebook page.

It never rains here, but streets are wet/ Optimist cows are lining up in sausage factories, Morteza… Morteza… it won’t rain here Morteza. Only the dead are alive, while the living must die/ The chess champs are condemned to play with chimps/ Morteza… Morteza, it won’t rain here. Read more »

Old Ideas, new album

imgad_cohen_newalbumOld Ideas, new album: A look back at Leonard Cohen’s classic albums

Listen to “Darkness” in Youtube, he is still amazing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8CL1OI5clA The darkness (old Ideas 2012) Note


Musicians in Montreal’s metro

lionelgrouxMusicians in Montreal’s metro stations always cheer me up no matter what they play! “You are Everything” stayed with me all day after I listened to their wonderful performance of it.

Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye – You Are Everything (1974)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OO8GiOgyMDs    Note



My 100th post

letitbeThis is my 100th post in four months. and I love commemorations! The experience has been absolutely rewarding and I intend to keep the blog up and running.  This is probably a good time to thank all my friends in Friendfeed who have spent so much time helping me design my blog, figure out the WordPress, read and comment on my posts, and promote it in other forums.  My family has encouraged me in numerous little and big ways to improve this.  And of course it has been an amazing pleasure to receive comments and emails from people I do not even know (I have had only two junk messages out of some 200 – which is quite impressive!).   It feels wonderful to watch the “likes” in my facebook page grow: I thank each and every 76 of you  and do my very best to keep this blog worth visiting once in a while.

This oldie, out of my magic music box is for you: Let it be, The Beatles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEogJacjLTE  Note


Ceumar, Dindinha

ceumar tropeninstituut

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYTP1JJqwkA      Note

Ceumar, Dindinha, from her debut album . 1999. (she released four more the latest one being on 2010). Ceumar’s voice and music is so captivating one does not really need to know what she is saying in order to enjoy it! The translation below does not sound very accurate to me, but it is the only one I was able to find on the net, which gives some sense of the lyric nonetheless. “Divinhe”, by the way, apparently means ‘godmother’ in Portuguese.

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other end of the sea

Note “Oonvar e darya“, Beautiful music from Kiosk, and a few lines of the lyric

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