The Teen and I were riding in a car several weeks ago, and the song “Empire State of Mind” was playing, and since I am clueless about the groups of today, I asked “who’s singing that?” Back at home, the Teen dutifully searched the net and figured out it was sung by the rapper JayZ and Alicia Keys, then in the course of looking them up, I came across the Alicia Keys solo version of the song without all the rapping and I was utterly smitten. SMITTEN. If you have read this blog long enough, you would know I sometimes get obsessive about songs and when I like one, I listen to it constantly until I tire of it. So for the past 3 weeks or so, I have listened to Alicia Keys first thing in the morning as soon as I sit down at my computer, then again several times during the day. Here is a link to the song and a video of Ms. Keys.
I have always considered New York to be my “second home” and I absolutely love the city. I have two sisters who have lived there for nearly 40 years, I spent every summer there from the age of 11 until my late 20′s, enjoying some summer weekends with one sister and her family in Quogue, and other weekends with another sister and her family in Easthampton, out on Long Island. Eventually I would study in Boston for university, but spent nearly every holiday in the Big Apple. I returned to NYC to get my MBA, and lived and worked there for several years before moving back to Southeast Asia. As a family, we try to visit New York as often as we can. But I guess you could say I am in a “New York State of Mind” several times a year… So this evening, I find it a somewhat amazing set of coincidences that (1) the song which I am currently obsessing about, turns out to be (2) a song in the upcoming movie “Sex and the City 2″ which of course is based in New York. But in the upcoming movie, it seems that the characters head to adventure in the Middle East, and though it is touted predominantly as being in Abu Dhabi, they did in fact spend several weeks filming in Marakkech, Morocco…
Which leads to the last set of “what are the chances that…” train of thought. For several months, Mrs. MM, The Teen and I had been planning our summer holiday in June and had already settled on (3) Marakkech as one of our destinations, before word got out that this SATC2 movie had just filmed there and that was almost certainly going to lead to a surge in tourist traffic to the city after the movie opens in the theaters in late May… So while we hadn’t planned it that way, maybe it was just in the stars anyway… :) After reviewing dozens and dozens of potential riads/hotels to stay at in Marakkech, I noticed that Mrs. MM also has this song obsession fetish, as she has gotten hooked on this very beguiling song in arabic from a video on Marakkech hotels, listen to the song, here. :) P.S., if any of you can identify the name of the song in arabic, Mrs. MM would like to buy it on itunes if available and would be grateful for your help… Thanks. :)