The Sound of Silence

shewaya ekte`ab 🙂

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more.
People talking without speaking,
People hearing without listening,
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one deared
Disturb the sound of silence.

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon God they made.
And the sign flashed out its warning,
In the words that it was forming.
And the signs said, the words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls.
And whisperd in the sounds of silence.

This was the main soundtrack of the movie The Graduate, do you remember it? remember Benjamin Braddock (played by Dustin Hoffman in the film), the recent college graduate who was seduced by Mrs. Robinson and then falls in love with her daughter Elaine.

And this leads us to “Rumour has it”where Sarah Huttinger( Jennifer Aniston) discovers that this novel and movie was actually based on her family’s story, that her grandmother was Mrs. Robinson and that her mother was the daughter. And surprisingly she is seduced by the same man who was seduced by her grandmother, who loved her mother and who is suspected to be her real father !!!!      eih ta3ab el a3ssab dah !!!

Anyway, I like the song, even though it has this creepy atmosphere that I am not fond of.


The Horse Whisperer

While going through my small library I came across one fine novel, I urge you to read it if you didn’t have it already. It is The Horses Whisperer by Nicholas Evans, it was turned into a movie directed (and starring Robert Redford).

It is about a talented horse trainer hired to help an injured horse. The horse had an accident while trying to protect his owner (a teenage girl) in a car accident, but unfortunately both of them get severely injured, not just physically but emotionally. They couldn’t handle the outter world. What made it worse for the girl was the tensed relation between her parents. Instead of shooting the horse dead as all the therapists asked her (even the girl wanted this), the mother decides to go for the help of a ‘horse whisperer’. Throughout the days spent in curing the horse, they found that they are actually healing their inner wounds, the girl, the mother and even the horse whisperer…

BTW it was through this book that I really loved horses, and thanks to a dear friend I actually got the chance of experiencing the pleasure of getting to know what it feels to ride a horse. It is such a great novel. And the movie is also wonderful with amazing shots of running horses.



An interesting concept of intelligence:

Individuals differ from one another in their ability to understand complex ideas, to adapt effectively to the environment, to learn from experience, to engage in various forms of reasoning, to overcome obstacles by taking thought. Although these individual differences can be substantial, they are never entirely consistent: a given person’s intellectual performance will vary on different occasions, in different domains, as judged by different criteria. Concepts of “intelligence” are attempts to clarify and organize this complex set of phenomena. Although considerable clarity has been achieved in some areas, no such conceptualization has yet answered all the important questions and none commands universal assent. Indeed, when two dozen prominent theorists were recently asked to define intelligence, they gave two dozen somewhat different definitions (Sternberg & Detterman, 1986). Such disagreements are not cause for dismay. Scientific research rarely begins with fully agreed definitions, though it may eventually lead to them.

Un Berger vient de tomber

In 1981 Enrico Macias wrote the song Un berger vient de tomber the day after the death of President Sadat, in tribute to him. It is a nice song:

Un berger vient de tomber sous les armes
Le cœur de l’humanité est en larmes
Et le monde bouleversé, réalise d’un seul coup
que la terre engendre quelquefois des fous
Tous ceux qui devant son corps font la fête
Oublie que la mort n’est pas une défaite
Il a mis tout son courage à servir la liberté
Qu’il nous reste l’héritage qu’il l’a laissé
C’est pour ça que je garde l’espoir
Il n’est pas venu par hasard
Le chemin qu’il l’a tracé, nous l’avons tous en mémoire
Mais martyre force les portes de l’histoire
Un berger vient de tomber sous les armes
Le cœur de l’humanité est en larmes
La violence a de nouveau mis du sang sur son drapeau
Et la chaîne et nous au milieu des alliants
Comme nous l’avons appris des prophètes
Qui séme le vent récolte la tempête
Alors j’affirme aujourd’hui
A ceux qui l’ont sacrifié
Que déjà dans le ciel on les a jugé
Il disait puisqu’il faut mourir
Laissez-moi le droit de choisir
Et de Washington à Rome où l’on a eu peur aussi
On sait bien qu’il a fait le don de sa vie

Un berger vient de tomber sous les armes
Le cœur de l’humanité est en larmes
Des idées qu’il défendait et cette main qu’il tendait
Serviront un jour ou l’autre à faire la paix.

Here is the translation in English: A SHEPHERD HAS FALLEN

A shepherd has fallen, he has been shot.
Humanity’s heart is in tears.
And the upset world realizes all at once
That the earth sometimes gives birth to
All those who celebrate in front of his dead body
Are forgetting that death is not a defeat. 
That he fought with courage 
To defend liberty 
That we still have the legacy 
He bequeathed to us 

For this reason I have hope 
He didn’t come by chance 
The way he showed us 
We all keep in our memories 
Martyrs are those who force 
open the doors of hope.
A shepherd has fallen
Humanity’s heart is in tears
Violence again
Has put blood on its flag
Has unleashed the wolves among the lambs.
And as the prophets taught us
When one sows the wind he reaps the storm.

Thus today I declare
To those who sacrifice him
That God already has judged them.
He used to say, “Since one must die
Give me the right to choose.”
And from Washington to Rome
Where they also were afraid
They know very well that he gave his life.A shepherd has fallen, he has been shot.
Humanity’s heart is in tears.
The ideas he used to fight for
And that hand he used to hold out to us
One day or another they will help to make peace.

Comme Toi

I like this song “Comme Toi. I discovered that it is originally by Jean-Jacques Goldman, but the version I have is in Buddah Bar Volume 4 (CD2) by ‘the controversial’ Ishtar Alabina. The lyrics are very touchy, I really want to hear the original one!

elle avait les yeux clairs et la robe en velours
a coté de sa mere et la famille autour
elle pose un peu discrete au doux soleil de la fin du jour
La photo n’est pas bonne mais on peut y voir
le bonheur en personne et la douceur d’un soir
Elle aimait la musique surtout Schuman et puis Mozart
Comme toi, comme toi comme toi …..
Comme toi, comme toi comme toi…..
Comme toi que je regarde tout bas
Comme toi qui dors en revant a quoi?
comme toi, comme toi comme toi….
Elle allait a l’ecole au village d’en bas
elle apprennait les livres elle apprennait les lois
elle chantait les grenouilles et les princesses dorment au bois
elle aimait sa poupée elle aimait ses amies
surtout ruth et anna et surtout jeremy
et ils se mariraient un jour peut etre a Varsovie

Comme toi comme toi comme toi….
Comme toi, comme toi comme toi….
Comme toi que je regarde tout bas
COmme toi qui dors en revant a quoi?
comme toi, comme toi comme toi….

Elle s’apellait sarah elle n’avait pas 8 ans
sa vie s’etait douceur, reves et nuages blancs
Mais d’autres gens en avaient decidé autrement
Elle avait tes yeux clairs et elle avait oton age
C’etait une petite fille sans histoire et tres sage
mais elle n’est pas née comme toi ici et maintenant

Comme toi comme toi comme toi….
Comme toi comme toi comme toi…
Comme toi que je regarde tout bas
COmme toi qui dors en revant a quoi?
comme toi, comme toi comme toi….