Thursday, December 31, 2020

It's Me ! ... Singing ! ... In Arabic !



I don't usually post videos (especially not of me singing!), so when I posted this one on my social media accounts a couple days ago, I was really shocked and surprised at the overwhelming reception it got. In less than two days on Twitter alone, my little video of me singing a snippet of a popular love song in Arabic was "trending" and was viewed more than 50 thousand times! I certainly didn't expect that.

And then this morning, someone messaged me that my video had been on Saudi TV!!!


I first learned this song more than 40 years ago shortly after I met my husband in Arizona. The original hit song was composed and sung by beloved Saudi singer, the late Talal Maddah. The lyrics come from a poem written by Prince Badr ibn Abdulmohsin Al Saud, one of the most famous poets of Saudi Arabia. The name of the song is "Zaman As Samt," which means "Time of Silence." To hear the song in its entirety sung  by Talal Maddah (with English translation), CLICK HERE.  

For those of you interested in what the lyrics of the song actually mean, such beautiful haunting poetry often doesn't translate well from Arabic to English.  So just the lines that I sing here say something like this -

My lover, oh, my lover
I have engraved your name on my voice
I have engraved it on the wall of time
On the color of the tranquil sky, on the valley
On my death and on my birth
On the color of the tranquil sky
My lover, oh, my lover
I shall spend my life waiting for you
Do not deprive me of your presence
For my life is yours
And so it departs

FYI - I've only ever posted one other video of myself in all these years, and that one was of me explaining why I wasn't allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, back before women finally achieved that right in June 2018.

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Monday, November 30, 2020

Saudi Life Scenes

ENJOYING THE VIEW AND A CUP OF TEA AT

DHEE AYN VILLAGE - AL BAHA, SAUDI ARABIA


TRADITIONAL ALL WHITE DRESS OF THE SAUDI MAN



 THE BEAUTY OF THE ARABIAN HORSE

A big THANK YOU to my friend, tour guide Mohammed at Najran Tours, for allowing me to showcase these photos for today's post.  Visit his Instagram page  @NajranTours

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TUESDAY'S TREASURES  

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Beautiful Doors of Saudi Arabia

OLD CARVED WOODEN DOOR AT TAYEBAT MUSEUM - IN JEDDAH


ONE OF THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED DOORS IN JEDDAH
AT AL FALAH SCHOOL IN AL BALAD 

FARASAN ISLANDS - HISTORIC FARASAN MOSQUE

A big THANK YOU to my friend, tour guide Mohammed at Najran Tours, for allowing me to showcase these photos for today's post.  Visit his Instagram page  @NajranTours

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Faces of Saudi Arabia 2

LITTLE MAN

ARTISAN

 FRESH FROTHY CAMEL MILK

A big THANK YOU to my friend, tour guide Mohammed at Najran Tours, for allowing me to showcase these photos for today's post.  Visit his Instagram page  @NajranTours

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Friday, November 27, 2020

Saudi Arabia - Not Just Desert

STARTS WITH V - VIOLET MOUNTAINS 
HISTORIC ANNAZAR VILLAGE

A FAVORITE - VISUAL BEAUTY
WADI DISAH

 VERDANT - GREEN AS CAN BE
MOSES SPRINGS - UYUN MUSA

Many thanks to my friend Aileen Byrne for allowing the use her photos in this post. 
They were taken on a recent roadtrip she took up and down the Red Sea coastline.  

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Thursday, November 26, 2020

A Palace, A Mud House, & Distinct Architecture

MUQER PALACE - in AL NAMAS


NAJRAN - MUD VILLAGE (photo by H. Piwonski)



 LACETOP ARCHITECTURE - in NAJRAN

A big THANK YOU to my friend, tour guide Mohammed at Najran Tours, for allowing me to showcase these photos for today's post.  Visit his Instagram page  @NajranTours

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TIMELESS THURSDAYS 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Jeddah Variety of Signs

I HEART KAEC - KING ABDULLAH ECONOMIC CITY


OPEN SIGN - IN ENGLISH AND ARABIC


SHOP WINDOW



 CIRCLES OF COLOR

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