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Musical photographs

PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2005 6:54 pm
by Stefan
My most fantastic holiday was had on board the Nile cruiser "Ra". Each cabin had a built-in radio. Brilliant, local music/local radio "on tap". Sadly, however, this was not to be - the radio did not work. Well, 9 out of 10 channels did not work. However, Channel 6 - what can I say about Channel 6. It was a revelation, the music was a joy. Imagine sitting in your cabin, late in the evening, a few drinks, glorious scenery gliding past the open balcony and a strange haunting music filling the few gaps that were left in your senses. It was fantastic, unforgettable. The music came from a tape somewhere in the ship. Egyptian muzak, session musicians aiming for a Western sound for us ship-board tourists. A mystical violin, synthesiser, guitar and occasional vocals. The tape was on constant play - stretched, but the warbles added to the mysteriousness.

I needed a copy of this tape so, following some serious haggling with one of the crew, a deal was struck. By the expression on his face, I was the first person to ever enquire about the music, let alone need to own it.

At the next stop, Karnak, my contact slipped ashore and copied it. I gave him a cheap Walkman in exchange, What a bargain!. I am listening to the tape as I write and the wonders of Egypt are brought back instantly to me, I can feel the heat and hear the streets. Who needs photographs when a simple C60 tape can bring to life so many wonderful memories.

I wonder who else has had such a simple yet magical musical moment.