The Quest

(One of my favorite JCVD movies btw) Anyhow, during my first few weeks here in Damascus, I was riding in a taxi when this song came on the radio. It was possibly one of the most annoying songs I've ever heard in my life. Repetitive, clangy, one of those songs that bore into your soul. Well, we were stuck in traffic at the time, and the song wouldn't stop. It was a good ten minutes just eye gouging horror. But a funny thing happened at the ten minute mark. I started to enjoy it. A lot. Apparently the song went deep enough into my soul that it rooted itself in there and suddenly, I couldn't stop nodding my head and tapping my feet to it. It was like some sort of parasite that my body had accepted as its own. Another ten minutes passed but this time I was rockin out in the cab. Apparently the cabbie enjoyed it as much as I did because he was singing along and snapping his fingers. I'm not going to lie, if I knew the words I would've joined him. Anyway, at the end of the ride, I asked him the name of the singer and he said that he was a really famous shaami singer named abd al-razaaq al-jabouri. I wrote it down and made it my mission to find that song. It's been almost 5 months and I have yet to find a person who has even heard of this guy, let alone knows where I can find his CD. It's driving me crazy. I'm going to keep searching but I have a feeling I'm never going to hear that song again in my life. If I leave Syria without that cd, I'm going to have to convince myself that that magical taxi ride and jam out session never happened.