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?