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Rock Like an Egyptian

July 11, 2015

Iron Maiden - Powerslave

It is funny how sometimes things don’t play out exactly as you expect…  and then you wake up alone and befuddled in Cairo.

After a wonderful homecoming from Karachi, and five subsequent joyful months stateside reacquainting myself with family, country, and yard work, I now find myself flying solo again, this time on the banks of the Nile.  About a month into a prolonged stay in Egypt, there is a real sense of déjà vu as I settle back into an empty apartment routine and open my cans of dinner.

Unexpected eldercare and family needs have quashed plans for my wife (and personal Cleopatra) to be here with me for now.  Happily however — and unlike Karachi  she is not blocked from joining me eventually, be it for short stays or extended residence.  Our now-adult kids will also visit, and visions of Nile cruises, Luxor, Valley of the Kings, and Sharm El-Sheikh beaches dance in our heads.  I swing these future-memories as a cudgel against the assault of today’s loneliness.

In the meantime, I work, sleep, watch episodes on Netflix of The Story of Film: An Odyssey with its weird, flat narration, and seek to find my footing under the heft of all this history and culture.  It’s been pointed out to me that just the right angle out my office window provides a far-off, hazy view of the side of one of the Giza pyramids framed between a pair of buildings.

Cleopatra - Elizabeth TaylorBeing here is heady; ancient history lessons, The Ten Commandments, Elizabeth Taylor, late-night mummies, vivid Begin-Sadat TV memories, and The Bangles give the “idea” of Egypt significant potency for me.  I sense myself observing everything as if on a flickering, low-definition screen.  I cross over the Nile every day on the way to work, but still don’t quite believe…  Is this really where I am?

Thankfully, music steps up, always dependable, to explain, teach, soothe, and guide.  Opening up my scriptures iPod, all becomes clear.  Alone or accompanied, comprehending or confused, I know everything is going to be ok because…

EGYPT ROCKS!

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Eleven Blue Egyptians – Jason Becker

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Egyptian Danza – Al Di Meola

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Egypt (The Chains Are On) – Dio

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Valley of the Kings – Blue Murder

Also see:

Curse of the Pharaohs – Mercyful Fate

The Pharaoh Sails to Orion – Nightwish

Seven Secrets of the Sphinx – Therion

Pyramid of the Moon – Shrinebuilder

Pyramid – Wolfmother

and why the hell not?    Isis – Bob Dylan

From → Family, Music

6 Comments
  1. Your travelogue rolls ever on! How about some Ofra Haza too?

    • Just did a YouTube binge on Ofra. I clearly hear some Zeppelin (or at least Plant/Page) influence. Incredible how they changed music globally, eh?

      P.S. — For fun I exited my VPN today before going to your site so I could give your ZZ Top picture disc post an “Egypt” hit. You’re welcome!

      • VPN – I was very disappointed when I looked it up and found it wasn’t about being able to see the outline of your panties!

        And definitely thank you.

        Ofra did a great track with Sisters of Mercy, Temple of Love – highly recommended.

  2. And Liz Taylor? Hubba, hubba!

  3. Who knew Egypt figured in so many songs? Think I better get out that Al Di Meola for a spin.

    Crossing the Nile to go to work? Man, that is surreal.

    Stay safe. Keep listening.

    • That Al Di Meola was my first favorite Al. Who knows? Maybe that was the flapping of butterfly wings that resulted in my presence here four decades later… And that embedded video above of the performance, which I hadn’t seen before, is awesome. Mr. Di Meola looks so happy as he so effortlessly amazes.

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