Great music with great memories

This song by Marcel Khalife is one of my all time favorite songs. Its soothing with great relaxing rhythm and amazing lyrics (the lyrics is actually a poem written by Mahmoud Darwish). My friends used to make fun of my voice singing it. I once recorded myself and found out how much I butchered the song.

The second song is also by Marcel. Its called Ummi which means “My Mother”. Here is the lyrics for it:

Marcel Khalifa – To My Mother

I long for my mother’s bread
And my mother’s coffee
And my mother’s touch…
My childhood grows within me
Day after day
I love my life because
If I died,
I would be embarassed by my mother’s tears

Take me, if i return one day
As a scarf for your lashes
And cover my bones with grass
Baptized by the purity of your heel
Tie me up
With a lock of hair
With a thread that points to the tail of your dress
Perhaps I will become a god
A god I would become
If I felt the bottom of your heart
Put me, if I return
As feul to light your fire
And a washline on your house’s roof
Because I’ve lost my strength to stand
Without the prayer of your day
I’ve grown old… return the stars of childhood
So I can share with the sparrow chicks
The way back
To the nest of your waiting

مارسيل خليفة – إلى أمي

أحنُّ إلى خبز أُمي
وقهوة أُمي
ولمسة أُمي..
وتكبرُ فيَّ الطفولةُ
يومًا على صدر يومِ
وأعشَقُ عمرِي لأني
إذا مُتُّ،
أخجل من دمع أُمي!

خذيني، إذا عدتُ يومًا
وشاحًا لهُدْبِكْ
وغطّي عظامي بعشب
تعمَّد من طهر كعبك
وشُدّي وثاقي ..
بخصلة شَعر ..
بخيطٍ يلوِّح في ذيل ثوبك ..
عساني أصيرُ إلهًا
إلهًا أصير ..
إذا ما لمستُ قرارة قلبك !
ضعيني، إذا ما رجعتُ
وقودًا بتنور ناركْ ..
وحبل غسيل على سطح دارك
لأني فقدتُ الوقوفَ
بدون صلاة نهارك
هَرِمْتُ، فردّي نجوم الطفولة
حتى أُشارك
صغار العصافير
درب الرجوع ..
لعُش انتظارِك

Eminence Orchestra

I found out about Eminence Orchestra after I watched their performance for the Metal Gear Solid 2/3/4 Theme music which I attached below. Also check out their performance of the Super Mario Brothers on youtube at: I can’t embed the video here for legal reasons it seems.

Their performance of the One Winged Angel Theme from Final Fantasy VII is outstanding. I attached it below as well. They have also done work for Blizzard’s Diablo III and WoW. Music in video games is a crucial element of the whole experience and it’s a big differentiating factor of great games. Music can enhance the gaming experience or take away from it but never the less, great music is always welcome.

Metal Gear Solid Theme:

Final Fantasy VII One Winged Angel Music:

Blizzard Entertainment’s Echoes of War: