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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Hello Halay

Yesterday I spent several hours doing household chores. I was listening to music part of that time and kept hearing this strange drum beat over the sound of my ipod. When I turned the music off I realized what I was hearing.


I was hearing a band such as this one. These bands hang out on the streets in the old part of the city waiting to be hired for wedding preparations or receptions. They go to the house of the bride and stand outside and play their tunes while she is getting ready. After the wedding they play and people dance the halay. Pinkies are linked and a circle forms. It is a form of line dancing like no other. There are several different dance steps. When trying to find a video to show you how the actual dance goes I came across this little gem. This is NOT a Turkish Halay dance, and I'm pretty sure the majority of it isn't Kurdish either but it did crack me up.


The music was coming from somewhere in this maze of buildings. Listen closely and you can hear the horn in between the drum beats.

I'm very glad I didn't have to listen to this sort of music while getting ready for my wedding. I honestly think it would have just stressed me out! I don't recall listening to any music while I was getting ready for my wedding. And if I was picking music today to listen to while preparing to get married I think I might pick some Trisha Yearwood, Melissa Etheridge, Little Big Town, and Eastmountainsouth. What would you pick?

7 comments:

paula said...

deinitely Tricia Yearwood. I love her music.

SuperMom05 said...

I didn't listen to music but I did watch movies. An hour before the wedding I was watching Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I was very relaxed.

Charlie Girl said...

Melissa Etheridge, Catie Curtis, Eva Cassidy, Teri Clark, CCR, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Van Morrison...

Just to name a few...

Sra said...

I'd pick the type of soundtrack you might hear when someone is running for their lives in films. Then I'd run for my life.

Anonymous said...

B 52's!

Mamadallama

Jenny, the Bloggess said...

Dixie Chicks.

Natalie said...

paula - i know...i love her!

supermom05 - i've never seen it. brian read the book though. i remember seeing it in the bathroom!

charlie girl - i am with you on melissa, catie, and teri for sure!

sra - i know you would. smiling...

mamadallama - oh...good pick!

jenny - i love the dixie chicks! love them!