Tuesday, December 24, 2002

The sounds of Jerusalem

Sting, moaning about "How Fragile We Are."
Besame Mucho, played on an instrumental tape in a cab
The rapid ticking at the corner of Ben Yehuda and King George when the light turns green and it's safe to cross
"Jingle Bells" in Arabic
The Israeli pop music mixed with American stuff coming out of the trendy clothing shops on Jaffa Road
The crunch of walking through another street under construction
"I have here wonderful guide, wonderful shop, no need to buy, just look..."
Jerusalem, City of Gold, played on a balalaika by a street musician
Store and car alarms that go off making everyone stop for a second, look for the source and continue as usual
"Are you Jewish? Have you ever done this? Come, let us show you how!"
The buzz of radios clipped to shoulders of police and soldiers
"We we gathering stars while a million guitars played our love song..." in a cab
Celine Dion and Julio Iglascias
The call to prayer; the many calls to many prayers, voices and bells and men looking for a tenth man to bless the new month
"America? New York? I have a cousin in New York!"
Horns, and the shaky sound of 4 cylinder engines that need tune ups.
"Come back again...and bring your friends!"

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