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August 21, 2004Top

* Not all are depressing

After reading the article "He's not Shahram", I felt I had to write and express my views (each to their own as said). I too was brought up in a different country, England to be precise. My musical knowledge was mainly classical (as I learned to play the piano) and also rock and pop. I went to concerts like Depeche Mode, U2, DEF Leppard (not deaf) and all the teeny boppers too like A-Ha and the New Kids. As I got older, I also went to see Cher, Tom Jones and even The Who.

However, as my parents were both Iranian, I also listened to Iranian music, and from the age of ten perhaps (I am now 30), I saw artists such as The Black Cats (the original and the new), Ebi, Dariush, Shahram, Shahram and Shoreh, and the list goes on and on, I have even been lucky enough to meet these people and also manage events with my parents that would attract over 1000 people. Even my husband who is English has seen Ebi and Aref (2 realllllllly lovely guys)!!!!

I guess what I'm trying to say, is that if you (Mandana) have just learned what memories certain types of music can bring to your own people, then I hope that you will venture further into the listening of different types of Iranian music as there is a wide variety and not all are depressing and repetetive. The Classical music is also fantastic and very passionate.

I'm glad that you went to see the concert and understood your own type of music (even though it was just pop music) and I hope that you will teach your kids to understand that there are so many types of music out there and that they should try to learn a bit about their own cultural background (in terms of music) so when they are older, they can make more educated choices.

Warm Regards
Leila Jerman

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