Friday, November 13, 2009

High in notes and words

This high.
And it's been a while that I am blog-shy. But my senses are so awakened tonight that i can't put my head to rest before i have expressed them. I went to Jalal Zolfonoon's concert of traditional Iranian music. To my non-educated ears the music of the old classical Iranian instruments sound are like conversation, like people speaking, like the burst of anger, like the rush of joy, the heavy sigh of sorrow, and yet the dim light of hope. This music speaks to my heart. And then add to this the beauty of the Persian poetry, and singing. The beautiful old words, the rhymes, the combination, the harmony of meanings and metaphors, the rhythm. The perfect dance of words with notes. This combination awakens all that feels inside me. I feel my flesh shivers with the vibration of the stings in Tar, my heart beats with the beats of Daf, my brain vessels widen and I can literally feel the rush of blood through my brain's vessels. I feel light and dizzy, floating in the air. "I was dead, and now i'm living; I was tears and now I'm laughter; Love touched me, and now I am infinite." My translation doesn't do justice to the beautifully harmonized and powerful words in these verses, but you can get an idea what I'm talking about. I doubt any narcotic can give a person this degree of out-of-the-earth pleasure; this vaz-tarab-akandeh-shodan; this high.

از نگاه یاران به یاران ندا می‌رسد
مرده بدم زنده شدم گریه بدم خنده شدم
ای دل شکایت‌ها مکن تا نشنود دلدار من
تا کی به تمنــــای وصـــــال تو یگـــــانه
بگرديد، بگرديد در اين خانه بگرديد
ای ساربان… ای کاروان…. لیلای من کجا می بری


cuckoo said...

you have a very deep sense of music, I never experience music at that level

سانی said...

I agree with you, no other thing could give me the such a heavenly satisfaction and enjoyment.Good for you to be there, perfect time for your sense to be awakened.

Anonymous said...

Salam khanoomi, kheili ghashang neveshti, man ke dige kamkam az inke inja chizi benevisi dashtam naomid mishodam! bishta benevis :)

kheili jaleb tosif kardy hesseto.
yadete ye sal raftim baham concert e shahram nazeri too tehran kolli ham baroon khordim vali ba in hal kolli keif dad ...
ajib injas ke man vaghty iranboodam enghad az moosighie e sonnati lezzat nemibordam ke alan!!!

jeerjeerak said...

yeah... I remember that concert under the rain. it was a great night.
ino rast migi, i also started to enjoy the traditional music here, though it might be the effect of coming to the age too;)

Yasaman said...

For the one who claims she has non-educated ears, these deep emotions are wonderful. What would you feel if you had music knowledge!!!

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mahdi said...

Love iranian traditional music. thats great that you got such a feeling about it. please go and listen to "Biaeed Biaeed" Shahram nazeri It will induce a great sense of passion.