Monday, October 03, 2005

Poetic Cookery: Wa7don by Fairuz


وحدن - طلال حيدر
وحدن بيبقو متل زهر البيلسان وحدهن بيقطفو وراق الزمان
بيسكرو الغابي بيضلهن متل الشتي يدقوا على بوابي على بوابي
يا زمان يا عشب داشر فوق هالحيطان ضويت ورد الليل عكتابي
برج الحمام مسور و عالي هج الحمام بقيت لحالي لحالي
يا ناطرين التلج ما عاد بدكن ترجعو صرخ عليهن بالشتي يا ديب بلكي بيسمعو
وحدن بيبقو متل هالغيم العتيق وحدهن وجوهن و عتم الطريق
عم يقطعوا الغابي و بإيدهن متل الشتي يدقوا البكي و هني على بوابي
يا زمان من عمر فيي العشب عالحيطان من قبل ما صار الشجر عالي
ضوي قناديل و أنطر صحابي مرقو فلو بقيت عبابي لحالي
يا رايحين و التلج ما عاد بدكن ترجعو صرخ عليهن بالشتي يا ديب بلكي بيسمعو

This is one of my favorite songs by the famous Lebanese singer Fairouz. The name of the song is Wahdon. Im not going to attempt to translate this poem. I will leave it to our dear fellow Arabic readers to do it. The lyrics are very hard to comprehend, but it does conjure up alot of thoughts and emotions. In my case food ideas along with dear memories. The music composition by Fairouz's son Ziad Rahbani also fits very well with her powerfull yet mellow voice. Her voice is simply the embodiment of a set of emotions that echoed for decades in theaters worldwide.

Unconventional Ideas:

Roasted red pepper hummus drizzled with basil olive oil.

Smoky eggplant Moutabal topped with a balsamic-pomegranate reduction.

Taboule mixed with frais de bois (wild forest strawberries) and served in small red cabbage cups.

Warak Anab or Dolmade of brown rice, walnuts, mint and beetroot bathed in lemon juice and olive oil and cooked over a slow fire with sweet potato slices and garlic.

Duck Shish Barak, a crispy oven baked ravioli with an open top bathed in oven roasted tomtaoes and a garlic yogurt sauce, sprinkled with sumac.

Fine semolina knafa with fresh cream, figs and topped with a sweet eau de fleur flavored syrup.

To hear the song click here.


Blogger Erzulie said...

I love Fairouz. I'm not very familiar with her "aqaneeha il sha3biya;" I mostly like the songs composed by her son Ziad, the album of "Ya leelee leelee" and "3indi tha'a feek" (I don't know how to write Arabic in a Lebanese accent!). I reminds me of my mom so much; her voice isn't exactly's angelic.

10/03/2005 06:00:00 AM  
Blogger Blossom said...

Oh I love Fairouz's songs and her voice too * I'm not a lyric person !*

As for the unconventional ideas , they are very inspiring ,and I like the first 4 most ...

Lecker !

10/03/2005 12:32:00 PM  
Blogger Mama Fusla said...

The lyrics as poetically organic as the fused dishes. Great job on the Brown Rice Dolma. Amazing, would work great for Fi6oor.

wv: abskx

10/03/2005 04:40:00 PM  
Blogger Jewaira said...

Such a sensually pleasing post- the music, your words, and the wonderfully unconventional ideas.

Unfair to tease us like this :)

10/03/2005 04:57:00 PM  
Blogger La La said...

This is by far my favorite post of yours...ok ok I'm biased but still!
There are some cute songs by Fairuz where she sings with Wadi3 (or Nasri I can't remember) about food. It's really cute. I'll try to find it for you!

10/04/2005 09:39:00 AM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Mbarak 3alaikom ilshahar All. (Happy Ramadan)

Erzulie: She is as sensual as you can get. The benchmark for singing, unlike today's nasty studio singing freak.

Blossom: You can say you hated the last 2 :p I would love to see you execute one idea. Lecker?

Mama: I knew you would like this post :p

Jewaira: I think you are the tease master here ;) and can't beat your words.

Janjoon: I thought you would be commenting more on how I messed around with your national food :p I don't know how I would feel if you do an LA style machboose hehe. Actually exciting ;)

10/04/2005 11:18:00 AM  
Blogger La La said...

OK wait I do need a recipe for chicken machboos! So glad you mentioned it. lol

10/04/2005 11:45:00 AM  
Blogger Blossom said...

*Lecker : yummie/delicious in German

10/04/2005 12:49:00 PM  
Blogger Zaydoun said...

Are all bloggers fans of Fairuz? Sure seems that way

But what a coincidence that "Wahdon" came on my random iPod yesterday as I was driving home after futoor at grandma's... It was perfect for an after-meal comedown

Actually it should be an essential track on many chill-out compilations!

شعرفهم الأجانب؟؟؟

10/07/2005 09:27:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Zaydoun: Maybe most Fairuz fans are bloggers, or the other way around? I think she is universal? Fairuz's music is certainly sophisticated that it requires alot of digging to get to the core of it. Fairuz chill out is certainly a good idea!

10/07/2005 09:43:00 PM  

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