Archive for June, 2015

The Beautiful Song that had Opened the Blog

June 27, 2015


Our blog is celebrating four years and almost 70 posts. Its head title is taken from Eleftheria’s Arvanitaki famous song (Στην αρχή του τραγουδιού), and it was the opening song in our blog.

“Ach, in the beginning of the song the ach is written” say the first lines. “It is sweet, it is bitter, it is dreamy too”. This is what our blog about; the people behind the songs, and how their personal experience, emotions and stories had became beautiful songs; in the words of this song, how the personal “ach” is wandering away to give himself gracefully in “sweet smells, in colors, in melodies” so our second title is “Stories about people and Greek songs”; the blog is about people as much as it is about music and I feel that people outside Greece may find interest in it.

And why Eleftheria Arvanitaki’s song was chosen?  My journey into Greek music had begun 12 years ago as I heard Eleftheria’s singing and was captured instantly buy its magic. It was a feeling I will never forget, close to falling in love…

We are selecting songs that we love but also that we feel appealing to non-Greeks; the lyrics are translated into English, mainly by subtitles in the videos. From the beginning two friends have been accompanying the blog, Anastasia Thanela from Athens who is making a wide research for each post and the singer Katerina Siapanta from Thessaloniki who helps me a lot in understanding the meaning of the Greek lyrics. Without their help, I couldn’t manage!

(Press cc for English caps)

Lyrics: Kostas Goudis, Nikos Ksidakis

Music: Nikos Ksidakis

Ah, in the beginning of the songs

the ah is written                                                                                                                                                                                        

It is sweet it is bitter

 it is dreamy too                                                                                                                                                                                        

Ah where you set out, where are you off to

where you go and wander away                                                                                                                                                                        

Hours in creeks you lost

and hours, out in the mountains                                                                                                                                                             

Ah  the songs are a blessing

so take it with you                                                                                                                                                                                                  

In the  sweet smells, in the  colors

in the  music,  gracefully give yourself

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