SNEAK PREVIEW - The fastest way home

June 9, 2018



We so often yearn for home... our homeland, the place of our birth and the home of our childhood memories. It always amazes me how I could have been away for decades and that place still holds the very same special meaning in my heart. It does not matter that it changed, and I did, that it grew older, and I did. Its place in my heart was meant to live on... and it did. I so often yearn for home. Over the years, I have tried to go back as often as I could, but at times when life held me tight in place, I've learned that listening to a masterfully played piece of oud is my fastest way home. ""Ah, music," he said, wiping his eyes. "A magic beyond all we do here!""*. Magic indeed. Food for the heart and soul.


This work in progress is a homage to oud, the oldest and most cherished of instruments in our part of the world-and its beautiful music. It is a homage to the master artisans who craft it-tirelessly bending, molding, inlaying, gluing, staining, polishing until their treasured creation comes to life; and to the musicians who skillfully and effortlessly extract the magical sounds. They never knew they were dispensing soul medicine.


"Y'demlak hal bahha ya 'oud... inshallah dawm tehla w tjoud.

Ysallim dein elli hemlook, w sammaaouna l'han mlouk."


*J. K. Rowling

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