Instead of working on my research paper on John Locke I made myself an anthology of every version of Fel Shara. The first time I heard the song it was a Ladino folk song of sort, I thought it was absolutely beautiful, and just kept playing it.
Later I found out there was a movie made about the song by Adela Peeva, who is a fantastic documentarist. Adela Peeva, while in Greece or Turkey (you have to excuse my cloudy memory) hears a song she recognizes from her childhood in Bulgaria. She then attempts to trace the song back to its origins, by traveling the Balkans and all over Europe- only to encounter mystery and nationalism.
It’s pretty crazy stuff.
Anyhow, I don’t really care where the song comes from, I just think it’s a beautiful melody (it’s no wonder all these different cultures stole it from each other).
And what I, personally, think is most amazing about the melody is that it pre-dates Christ. It’s living ancient history.
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