The Damascus Drum
©2006 Matt Seattle
Written for my favourite café, The Damascus Drum in Hawick
hence the mode, which is not really D minor but Makam Hijaz on A.
At certain times, in certain places, played by certain people, the tune develops into a vehicle for joy, and dancing is done.
Tis a fine cafe and a fine tune. And just like the Damascus Drum cafe, where time seems to stand still, so in the tune you can also lose oneself (but not in a musical sense, of course).
It’s kind of like the clothes shop in Mr Benn.Ain’t that so, Matt.
I suppose I should have said you can lose yourself or one can lose oneself just like what I have lost the use of my mother tongue, don’t you know.
This has changed in the playing, abc now updated