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In 2004, we had the opportunity to live in Istanbul for two months to look after our friends' apartment in Örtakoy on the shores of the Bosphorus. We loved our time there amongst some of the friendliest people I have met.

This song was written with the "Whirling Dervishes" in mind - a sect whose prayer takes the form of whirling to a repetitive rhythm for long periods at a time.

Guitars (lots of guitars!), bass, drums, vox - play it LOUD!

For full effect, stand up, shut your eyes and twirl round in time with the music until the song stops (even better if you have it on repeat!!). Don't forget to take off those headphones! :)
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Lyrics
Deep Bosphorus
© Neil Porter 24/9/2005

We were sitting on the European shore
Contemplating options in the searing summer heat
It’s the kind of place you feel you’ve been before
I was fading in the Örtakoy heat
And the Bosphorus waters run deep

Bosphorus treasures run deep
And the Örtakoy hills leave their mark upon your feet
I was reading your story in the Saturday paper
Felt an apple-tea tear on my cheek
I was lost in the Örtakoy heat

We were smiling as we crossed the Golden Horn
Spires of Sultanahmet piercing bright Eurasian sky
There were pictures on the footpath lightly drawn
Its coming again Turkish tear in my eye
And the Bosphorus waters run deep

Bosphorus waters run through my veins
As I picture the oriental shore
Although I am home there’s a part that remains
And I’ll love you forever more
And the Bosphorus waters run deep
And I’m missing the Örtakoy heat

The Bosphorus waters run deep
The children of Mevlevi spinning mesmerising feet
I’ve been trying to picture the face behind the curtain
I hear the muezzin call in my sleep
And the Bosphorus waters run deep

We were sitting on the European shore
Contemplating options in the searing summer heat
It’s the kind of place you know you’ve been before
I was fading in the Örtakoy heat
And the Bosphorus waters run deep
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Hits: 5464
Comments: 43
Fans: 8
Plays: 402
Downloads: 213
Votes: 20
Uploaded: Sep 25, 2005 - 08:55:01 AM
Last Updated: Jan 20, 2006 - 12:20:37 AM Last Played: Jan 28, 2017 - 08:38:12 AM
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Hardware:
'71 Maton 12 FG150 string
Seagull S6
'71 Fender Precision Bass
Yamaha PSR30 midi keyboard
Behringer UB802
Shure DM1000D Mic
iMac G4
Software:
Garageband 2
Comments
perceptualvortex said 4199 days ago (September 25th, 2005)
Love that rhythm
Nice swaying 12 beat feel. This is just beautifully constructed, the writing, singing, guitars and drums are all great. Very cool, Neil!!
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jiguma said 4198 days ago (September 26th, 2005)
Love that rhythm
Thanks pv - glad you stopped by to have a listen (and that you liked it of
course!). Neil

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_nderscore said 4199 days ago (September 25th, 2005)
spinning
the repetitive strumming & beats totally nail the 'whirling' feel. nicely
done all around. beautiful tune
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jiguma said 4198 days ago (September 26th, 2005)
spinning
Thanks for taking the time to listen _, glad the whirling came through.
Cheers, Neil
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thoddi said 4199 days ago (September 25th, 2005)
its that jiguma sound
You've developed a unique sound that your songs is soaked with. Its those great vocal harmonies and guitars that make this so special I guess. Very pleasant to listen to. This has a whirling effect indeed.

Very good jiguma:)
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jiguma said 4198 days ago (September 26th, 2005)
its that jiguma sound
Thanks Thor. Its nice to hear you say that I have a unique sound. I guess its
a matter of working with what you have really - this style works for me, and I
enjoy doing it a lot.
Thanks again, Neil
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Ed Hannifin said 4199 days ago (September 25th, 2005)
Great travel song...
...and great dance...

It is in the tradition of some of Bruce Cockburn's travel-the-world
songs, and Loreena McKennitt's as well, but the sound is distinctive
and your own.

I love the throbby bass against the 12-string, and I can certainly feel
that Sufi dervish joy throughout the piece. Nice doubled vocals, too.

The lyrics are excellent.

This hits me like reading Hemingway's "Moveable Feast"; I'm just
THERE...it's vivid, clear and strong...

Plus, I like it....

Ed
jiguma said 4198 days ago (September 26th, 2005)
Great travel song...
Ed, I always look forward to your comments! It's interesting the way you see
things in the song which I hadn't realised until I read your comment, although
they make good sense in retrospect.

I'm really happy that the feeling of place got through to you - we loved
Istanbul from a tourist point of view, but best of all, we had the brief pleasure
of living a day to day life in a suburban context. Despite significant language
barriers, we were able to observe aspects of a more traditional lifestyle mixed
with the 21st century, and the sufi tradition lives on in this remarkably
ancient yet incredibly modern city.

Sorry, I digress!!
Loved playing this one - it was easy to get into that groove! Glad you liked it
Ed, Neil
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caroline said 4199 days ago (September 25th, 2005)
guitars - great guitars!
tasty voice - great feel - the bear and i d/led this - thank you - we'll be dancing - xxx
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jiguma said 4198 days ago (September 26th, 2005)
guitars - great guitars!
Thanks Caroline, glad you and the bear liked it - can you get that bear to spin
in chat? Neil
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thetiler said 4199 days ago (September 25th, 2005)
Nice acoustical guitar and
Like those rhythms, good fun tune!

Thanks for sharing
Like that Island sound feel.

happy tune
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jiguma said 4198 days ago (September 26th, 2005)
Nice acoustical guitar and
Thanks Bill - keep listening, I suspect there's more of this "island feel" to
come. Appreciate your comment and that you came around to listen. Hi to
Betsy! Neil
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Leon said 4199 days ago (September 25th, 2005)
Feels like I'm in Istanbul
I love the ethnic rhythm and the juxtaposition of tribal and contemporary
sounds. Full of dynamism. Your vocals gives it a mellow touch that
complements the energy of the instruments.
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jiguma said 4198 days ago (September 26th, 2005)
Feels like I'm in Istanbul
Thanks Leon - glad you enjoyed it, Neil
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Thompa said 4198 days ago (September 26th, 2005)
Great!!!
Wonderfall song and what a nice guitar sound......wow...
repeat....repeat.repeat....repeat....repeat....repeat....


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jiguma said 4198 days ago (September 26th, 2005)
Great!!!
Thanks Thompa, Glad you liked the sound, Neil

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snowdragon said 4198 days ago (September 26th, 2005)
What thoddi said
There most definitely is a jiguma sound, and it works. I'm tempted to
describe it as having "quiet vocals" but that long ago ceased being an
issue :)

The song art sums up this tune quite nicely, with the contrast of the
western style suspension bridge in the background and mosque in the
foreground. It's a unique blending of east-west and that's not an easy
thing to pull off, but you have.
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jiguma said 4198 days ago (September 26th, 2005)
What thoddi said
Thanks snow, the vocals are still quiet by nature, but at least they're now
more up in the mix. I really owe you one for those comments on my earlier
songs. Your persistence on my vocals made me take them seriously and
appreciate that it was worth persisting with them.

Istanbul is the classic blend of east and west - ladies in full black flowing
dresses - heads and faces modestly covered - to their younger counterparts
in the latest western singlet tops and short skirts. Örtakoy itself was
probably more western than other parts, but the ancient world was never far
away. We missed so much when we were there that we must go back. Maybe
another song in there somewhere!

Cheers, thanks for listening,
Neil
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Tadashi Togawa said 4198 days ago (September 26th, 2005)
Glittering strait
Hello, Neil.
The guitar of the introduction like the folk song is wonderful. Drums is
consistently special. It makes by thinking well. Did you take this
photograph at the Bosphorus strait? This is beautiful.
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jiguma said 4198 days ago (September 26th, 2005)
Glittering strait
Thanks for listening Tadashi, glad you liked the song. I took the photograph
in July 2004. It was about 1km from our apartment, and we spent quite a bit
of time there. Behind where I was standing are some very interesting
restaurants and cafes, and a small market on Sundays - it is very beautiful.
Cheers, Neil
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Tadashi Togawa said 4198 days ago (September 26th, 2005)
Glittering strait
Is it last year? It is a very good experience. It seems to be very beautiful. Istanbul
that I imagine is a chaotic impression.The diversity of the culture is felt. It is
seem a very beautiful town. I also made a tune "Night of Istanbul". I posted in
June this year.

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stevel said 4198 days ago (September 26th, 2005)
Hypnotic!
I really like the distinctive guitar style that you have...a swirl of acoustic
and electric patterns interweaving! The harmony vocals are very nice
too...this tune really captures an exotic feeling befitting the lyrics. Very
enjoyable listen
Steve
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jiguma said 4198 days ago (September 26th, 2005)
Hypnotic!
Cheers Steve - glad you liked it, Neil
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said 4198 days ago (September 26th, 2005)
Love the Beat
I get dizzy easily, so I'll not do the whirling part. :)
I've had cohorts who have been stationed in Turkey on the Black Sea and
all have mostly pleasant memories of their time there.
I'm more familiar with kawwali singing from further east than the
instrumental dervishes, but i'll need to check out the music.
I like how you fit together the eastern and western styles - it sounds very
natural. And the singng is very soothing and pleasant.

jiguma said 4198 days ago (September 26th, 2005)
Love the Beat
Thanks for the comment Mungo. I don't think you'll find too many direct
musical similarities between this song and the sufi music - its more the
trance-like rhythm I was after. I appreciate you taking the time to listen to
this one. I can highly recommend a visit to Istanbul if you get a chance.
Cheers, Neil
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Warren Smith said 4198 days ago (September 26th, 2005)
mesmerizing tale
I've been inside that charming little mosque on the Ortakoy quay - I can remember the grand chandelier hanging from the cupola of the dome. I'm listening to your song while sitting in a swivel chair - that's as close to the whirling dervishes as I can get. (I certainly could go for a cup of that apple tea!) While this song sounds nothing like traditional Mevlevi music, simply because the instruments are so different, it is inhabitated by its spirit - a modernization, I'd call it. Your lyrics nicely weave together several themes, from being in Istanbul in present time to feeling the weight of its long history at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, and its strong tug of memory; from the presence of water (the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn), which is such a big part of the city, to the impact of those incredible buildings, like the Blue Mosque, as well as the sounds of the city, with its music and its 5xdaily muezzin callings. You spin a mesmerizing tale here - thanks for taking me along on the journey.
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jiguma said 4198 days ago (September 26th, 2005)
mesmerizing tale
Merhaba Warren! It was interesting getting your comments about shared
experience - it sounds like Istanbul has left you with strong feelings as well.
Our apartment was roughly between two mosques, so we had stereo calls to
the early morning prayer - sometimes this was less than enjoyable I must
admit, but the sound of the muezzin became part of our daily ritual while we
were there. I have a beautiful photo taken inside the Örtakoy mosque -
amazing for its incredible light. The song was really an excuse to put down
some feelings about the ever-present Bosphorus, so I'm glad it resonated
with you.
Neil
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said 4197 days ago (September 27th, 2005)
Sounds like XTC when they get folky
Captured the "dervish" vibe while still keeping in a very western feel.

Love the jangly guitars!

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jiguma said 4193 days ago (October 1st, 2005)
Sounds like XTC when they get folky
Cheers Troy.

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cjhoose said 4197 days ago (September 27th, 2005)
Makes me want to visit...
good writing, good mix of sounds, I can definately hear East and West
meshing together, like some surreal dream. I have... no quibbles on
production. You did good.
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jiguma said 4193 days ago (October 1st, 2005)
Makes me want to visit...
Thanks for listening CJ - you really should visit if you get the chance!
Neil
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said 4196 days ago (September 27th, 2005)
Turkey is great
Hey Neil,

another nice story told in a cool song,
I really love your songs because they are so
original. Very nice guitar lines throughout
and the rhythm is mesmerizing.
The bass line is such a nice contrast to the
excellent acoustic guitars. You have really captured
a wonderful feel with this song.
Your lyrics are just always wonderful, great little stories
wrapped in the perfect music. This song makes me feel
warm and fuzzy, and I guess that could be a good thing :)
Wirklich sehr gut.

Cheers
jiguma said 4196 days ago (September 28th, 2005)
Turkey is great
Vielen Dank Johnny! I'm very pleased to read your comment, and particularly
pleased that you enjoy the lyrics - our time there was certainly something
very special. Warm & fuzzy is nearly always a good thing!
Alles gute,
Neil
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Macaudion said 4195 days ago (September 29th, 2005)
Very tasty...
Yes, another Jiguma 'classic'. I say this, because, all of your tunes
seemed destined to be as such... Rich w/ everything ya need to get
your groove-on, and content load w/ the timelessness of sustenance.

A very nice groove and of course, like the chant- like structure, in
creating melody as a whole piece....

I'm always drawn to your vocals, as they seem to some how, reduce
whatever level of stress I've tended to indulge in lately. Thanks for
that...

And, thanks for another 'Deeply Cool' tune, Jiguma.

Cydniko
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jiguma said 4194 days ago (September 29th, 2005)
Very tasty...
Thanks Dion, always look forward to your comments, and so glad you enjoy
the songs. There should be another one up soon - I'm starting to get a
backlog (which is more like a log-jam actually)!
Cheers,
Neil
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ledebutant said 4193 days ago (October 1st, 2005)
Wheeeeeee!
I'm whirling!

Actually, I'm reeling, Neil. This is so amazingly good, wonderful music,
great lyrics. You make wonderful choices, using great, specific details.
It makes your writing so vibrant.

My favorite lyric? "The children of Mevlevi spinning mesmerising feet."
Your use of assonance here is spot-on, really incredible. Have you ever
taken classes in writing poetry? I suspect you have because of your
excellent technique. Either you have, or you have a tremendous natural
talent, a great ear and ability to translate it into language.

I think this is my absolute favorite of yours, until the next one comes
along, I suppose.

BTW, Is that a portion of a Chagall on the cover art for this? He's my
favorite artist.


ledebutant said 4193 days ago (October 1st, 2005)
Chagall
I should clarify that I mean the art that's embedded in the mp3, not the photo
on the song page!
jiguma said 4193 days ago (October 1st, 2005)
Chagall
Wow Lisa, thanks! This set of lyrics has been my favourite so far - writing
about Istanbul is a bit like taking a photo there - you simply can't miss. I
write a lot in my work, but usually psych reports or letters trying to scrounge
funds for kids, never "creative" stuff. I started writing "lyrics" in my teens,
and have a whole book full, but they are, almost without exception,
excrutiatingly embarassing teen angst stuff. I enjoy putting words on paper
now - mainly because I have more to write about. The cover art on the mp3
is indeed Chagal - a photo of a stained glass piece from his museum in Nice.
Really appreciate your visit and comment Lisa, hope the next one (up soon)
will keep you amused. Neil
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urbnite said 4190 days ago (October 4th, 2005)
!
this is great.

especially love all the guitars (12 string's great- wish i had one!)

love the way they sorta played off the bass. or the other way around. not
sure, which is why i liked it.
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jiguma said 4185 days ago (October 9th, 2005)
!
Cheers Darren - sorry for the late response, haven't been back here for a while! 12 strings are something of a mixed blessing. They sound so great but can be so limiting as well. Nice to have a choice though!
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falzaabi said 4183 days ago (October 11th, 2005)
nice
nice nice nice
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jiguma said 4134 days ago (November 29th, 2005)
nice
Merhaba Falzaabi,
You beat me to it!
Neil
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denizoflaz said 3586 days ago (May 31st, 2007)
Very nice tune
Hello or merhaba in Istanbul

This piece was very affected or influenced to me as a Istanbul lover. Very nice lyrics and good sound of 12 steel.

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