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The Turks and the Armenians are more than friends, because they lived together in peace during centuries. They ought to give a peace lesson to the whole world.

Some of the most loved actors, musicians and journalists of Turkey were and are of Armenian origin. There is well and truly friendship and love in Turkey between the Turks and the Armenians.

Hrant Dink, a Turkish citizen of Armenian origin, was cowardly murdered 4 years ago by some Turkish ultra-nationalists. Like many Turks and Armenians, I was deeply affected. That murder was a crime against humanity because Hrant Dink was a man of peace, an angel. Several hundred thousands of citizens were in the streets to support him and his family, and we could read “We are all Armenians” (“Hepimiz Ermeniyiz”) and “We are all Hrant Dink” (“Hepimiz Hrant Dink’iz” ).

As far as I understood, Hrant Dink had suffered during his childhood. And as if that wasn’t enough, he was victim of racism during his military service. I was indignant when I learnt that.

Hrant Dink was a journalist who always fought for freedom of speech, and he did strive for the peace between Armenia and Turkey.

I hope that all those behind that shadowy murder will be found and that justice will be done.

Hrant Dink was Armenian and Turkish, but he was above all a human being who tried to express his thoughts and his feelings.

Many musicians from Armenia went to Istanbul and gave some concerts those last years. They performed with Turkish musicians. And several weeks ago some Turkish and Armenian young musicians too performed together in the United States of America. Thus the relations between Armenia and Turkey are not as bad as we may think. There is hope.

Well Onno Tunç and Sezen Aksu, two great masters of music of Turkey, can be considered as a strong peace symbol for the Armenians and the Turks. They were very close friends and colleagues. Their songs are very famous in Turkey.

The Turks have been dancing through Sezen Aksu and Onno Tunç’s songs for a few decades.

For me their most beautiful song is “Son Bakış”, and I think that the music of that song is Onno Tunç’s best masterpiece.

Onno Tunç sailed to the island of souls in 1996.

His brother Arto has been working with Sezen Aksu for many years. I love some of his songs such as ‘Namus’ and ‘Kaçın kurası’.

Although they convey a peace message to the whole planet, the two magnificent songs below can be considered as an excellent peace compass for Armenia and Turkey:

Why can’t we live together?

“Tell me why, tell me why, tell me why
hmmm why can’t we live together?

Tell me why, tell me why
hmmm why can’t we live together?

Everybody wants to live together
why can’t we be together?

No more war, no more war, no more war
hmmm just a little peace
no more war no more war
all we want is some peace in this world

everybody wants to live together
why can’t we be together?

No matter, no matter what colour
hmmm you are still my brother

I said no matter, no matter what colour
hmmm you are still my brother

everybody wants to live together
why can’t we be together?

Everybody wants to live
everybody’s got to be together

everybody wants to live
everybody’s going to be together

everybody’s got to be together
everybody wants to be together

I said no matter, no matter what colour
hmmm you are still my brother

I said no matter, no matter what colour
you are still my brother

everybody wants to live together
why can’t we be together?

Gotta live together,

together.”

Sade – ‘Why can’t we live together?’ / “Diamond life” (A Timmy Thomas’ song)

Send your love

“Finding the world in the smallness of a grain of sand
and holding infinities in the palm of your hand
and Heaven’s realms in the seedlings of this tiny flower

and eternities in the space of a single hour

send your love into the future
send your love into the distant dawn

inside your mind there’s a relay station
a mission probe into the unknowing

we send a seed to a distant future

then we can watch the galaxy growing

this ain’t no time for doubting on your power

this ain’t no time for hiding your care

climbing down from an ivory tower
you got a stake in the world we ought to share

you see the stars are moving so slowly

but still the Earth is moving so fast

can’t you see the Moon is so lonely?
She’s still trapped in the pain of the past

this is the time of the worlds colliding
this is the time of kingdoms falling
this is the time of the worlds dividing
time to heed your call

send your love into the future
send your precious love into some distant time

and fix that wounded planet with the love of your healing

send your looooove
send your loooooooooove
send your loooooooooove

(send your loooooooove) there’s no religion but sex and music

there’s no religion but sound and dancing

there’s no religion but line and colour

there’s no religion but sacred trance
there’s no religion but the endless ocean

there’s no religion but the Moon and stars

there’s no religion but time and motion
there’s no religion just tribal scars (send your loooooooove)

throw a pebble in and watch the ocean
see the ripples vanish in the distance
it’s just the same with all the emotions
it’s just the same in every instance (send your loooooooove)

there’s no religion but the joys of rhythm

there’s no religion but the rites of Spring
there’s no religion in the path of hate
no prayer but the one I sing

send your love into the future
send your precious love into some distant time
and fix that wounded planet with the love of your healing

send your looooove
send your loooooooooove

(send your loooooooove) there’s no religion but sex and music
there’s no religion that’s right or winning
there’s no religion in the path of hatred
ain’t no prayer but the one I’m singing

send your love
send your love
send your love
send your love.”

Sting – ‘Send your love’ / “Sacred love” (Sting’s original song, not the remix version of a guy which deafens me. The song is track n°2 on the CD).

‘Send your love’ goes straight to my heart. Every single second of that song is magic. I could listen to it during a thousand years. I’m mad about the apocalyptic keyboards.

Best regards,

Cem

PS. Sting’s ’The soul cages’ is my favourite album. Every time I listen to ‘The wild wild sea’ it soothes my thoughts.

That album has in fact always had a medicinal effect on me. It was the first album of Sting that I had – a precious present that I was given in 1992 as far as I remember. When I saw it, I said to myself: “What a strange album”, and I put it at the top of my book-case. I decided to listen to it one year later. Thus one year later I discovered that album. I loved its softness and was deeply moved. I realized that it would be difficult to hear another album as magnificent as it. That album is magical. I have nearly two hundred precious albums that I love. But if I were asked to keep only one of them it would be ’The soul cages’. Because that album is a shelter in which I feel safe.

I lost my father recently. ‘Island of souls’ helped me during that shock of my life.

PPS. Sezen Aksu’s “Şarkı Söylemek lazım” is my favourite album, and in my opinion the most beautiful song she has written – since 1972 – is ‘Nihayet’. When I seek peace and quiet, I listen to that magnificent song – as well as to ‘The wild wild sea’ – through which I reach mentally harmony.

PPPS.

The Turkish title of the film “What dreams may come” is “The power of love”. Very relevant title. That’s what I thought when I was watching it.

“What dreams may come” is an exceptional film. 12 years ago when my eyes caught the title of that film and its great poster I instantly wanted to watch it. I actually became the prisoner of its title and poster. I then watched “What dreams may come” and never before had I been so deeply moved by a film. That kind of film is so rare. If there were more films like that one, the world would get much better. Robin Williams is a wonderful and incredible actor. There are plenty excellent actors, thus I can’t say that I love this actor or that actress. More than the actors, I believe that it is the films and their message that are important. However, I can say that Robin Williams is my favourite actor because I love many of his films. Mr Williams has been very lucky. It is in fact rare to have been suggested so numerous excellent films. Mr Williams, I admire you. You are one of my heroes.

PPPPS. Sertab Erener is my favourite Turkish singer with Sezen Aksu.

Tarkan sings incredibly well too. And he’s used to writing very beautiful lyrics. He is the best dancer of the world I’ve ever seen. Oh my God!

There are 4 music video of Tarkan that are really good. We can see that he is a graceful dancer especially in ’Kuzu kuzu’ and ’Vay anam vay’.

It is possible to watch these excellent music video on his official site mentioned below:

at first click here.

Then on your left click on “Video”.

Then browse the list and you will be able to see them:

‘Vay anam vay’

‘Gülümse kaderine’

‘Dudu’

‘Kuzu kuzu’ (the second one)

Besides, these songs are among his best ones.

For me, Tarkan’s best album is “Karma”. Then “Dudu” and “Metamorfoz” .

Of course he has many excellent songs in his other albums (such as ‘Şımarık’ and ‘Şıkıdım’ (both by Sezen Aksu)), but those three are undeniably the best: people should listen for instance to ‘Sen başkasın’, ‘Aşk’, ‘Her nerdeysen’, ‘Taş’, ‘Sorma kalbim’, ‘Dedikodu’, or ‘Gün gibi’.

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