Thursday, March 30, 2006

American Culture

OK, so I'm probably the only person driving around the Egyptian desert singing along with the Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain and Sheryl Crow. It sounds like a contradiction when I'm living in a country surrounded by love ballads and belly dancing music, but music soothes my soul. I probably wouldn't have bought Sheryl Crow or Shania Twain had I still been living in the US, but honestly the Dixie Chicks "Home" is something I've wanted to buy for a long time and it took a move halfway around the world to buy it. (Lainie, I finally got it, even though you offered to burn it for me, I just never got around to it.) I find myself singing "Landslide" as I drive to work every morning with Mira in the car. We sing together and a picture comes to mind. I go back to when I was in high school in the girls gym dressing room and I remember seeing the words to "Landslide" written on a blackboard. Only at the time it was the original version by Fleetwood Mac that was popular.

American culture means something different to every person. To me American culture right now means country music; music with feeling, words, and emotions. I love driving in the desert listening to the harmonies of American country music as the fiddles play in tune with the banjos. Somehow the music contradicts the Egyptian society I am now a part of, but at the same time one harmonizes with the other just as smoothly as the Dixie Chicks, Sheryl Crow and Shania Twain.

By the way, does anyone know where I can find Faith Hill music around here?