Music Around the World

Music Around the World

Music plays an important part in our sensory perception.  Music is a link to people and places.  I’ll never forget a moment in Transylvania.  I had been traveling for weeks.  I entered the visitor center at Dracula’s castle.  The loudspeaker was playing, “It’s a Fine Time to Leave Me Lucille,” by Kenny Rodgers.  My Mother had died a few months before and it had been her and her boyfriend’s favorite song.  I burst into tears.   Later that year I was in a small town in Morocco.  I entered a hotel on the beach.  Patrick Swayze had died the month before.  They were playing the theme from ,”Ghost.”  Another weird encounter took place in Ashkabad, Turkmenistan.   I walked into a Chinese restaurant in a Moslem country only to hear, “Ave Maria,” being played.  On another occasion I piggy backed onto a Jewish tour group from Israel to hear a concert in a former Greek Orthodox church in a former Soviet country performed by Moslems.   The song performed was again, “Ave Maria.”  Heightened awareness is one of the great benefits of travel.