Friday, June 21, 2013
On The Radio
It appears that one of his many Instagram followers has made a friend in Canada who is residing there while she is temporarily away from Lebanon. I'm not sure what the means exactly, but the kids believe her to be Lebanese royalty on the run. (Da do ron ron) She liked a song that my son has on Sound Cloud and shared it with her friend who is a Disc Jockey in Lebanon where he supposedly played it on Lebanon airways. At first, I wondered how odd that must seem to have traditional Lebanese music playing and then suddenly hear the voice of western boy singing an English love song. Little did I know how much American music is played world wide. Perhaps my blonde headed boy can be the next Lebanese Justin Bieber. I remembered the Italian tour bus I was on years ago where they played non-stop American 50's music and wonder if perhaps my boy's voice did sound out in the Lebanese streets. It's a thought that makes me smile. I pulled up Kiss Lebanon FM radio and Albalad 106.5 Beirut on my laptop and while I did not hear my child, I did hear someone who was not Billy Ray Cyrus belting out the words to Achy Breaky Heart..."You can tell your Ma, I moved to Arkansas." What a strange coincidence I thought!
As I perused the Lebanese radio websites, exploring their world and probably being watched by my own, I realized that their world is not how I see it in tiny CNN video clips of protests and war. There is music and laughter and beauty. Somewhere over there right now is another person, with similar likes as we, sitting behind their computer clicking on Instagram photos and uploading beautiful images of their world. It's not just a small world. It's one world where we're all connected.