My Favorite Song

I’ve written about Elvis Presley as my favorite singer ever. But I’ve not written about my favorite music- Jazz and Blues. In this article I am going to write about a song which is in my heart. I am about Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers In The Night”, lyrics by Avo Uvezyan.

One thing` song, smell, cloth, etc. may often remind you about something happened in your life. This song is going to remind me something in future. I have a big dream to go to the USA. I want to be in many places: Hollywood, Graceland, Disney Land, New York…

I want to be in Times Square once at night, put my earphones and start listening to “Strangers In The Night”. I think this song is the best association with New York. The voice of Frank Sinatra gets to the hearts. Every time I listen to this song I close my eyes and imagine myself in Times Square, people passing by, the lights shining on my face…

If you haven’t listened to the song yet, I put the link here, If you’ve already done, do it again, close your eyes and imagine yourself somewhere you’ve already been to or you’d like to visit…

It’s a fantastic song to have in your playlist.

Enjoy….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlSbSKNk9f0

The Phenomenon Of ELVIS. THE KING

Once upon a time there was a King he was not a decent of roast but he was greatest king ever.

Musician and actor Elvis Presley endured rapid fame in the mid-1950s—on the radio, TV and the silver screen—and continues to be one of the biggest names in rock ‘n’ roll.

elvis_presley-54661e739c533-l (1).pngThe beautiful, humble and the most engaging man of 20th century, born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi, was the one and only child in the family of Gladys Love and Vernon Presley. Presley was supposed to be a twin, but his brother, Jesse Garon (sometimes spelled Jessie) was stillborn. From very humble beginnings, Elvis Presley grew up to become one of the biggest names in rock ‘n’ roll.

Elvis was raised by loving, working-class parents, Presley’s family had little money, and they moved from place to place frequently. He was deeply devoted to his parents, especially his mother, Gladys, and was raised to have a strong faith in God. Gladys loved her son so much, that when Elvis was taken to Army in Germany, she became an alcoholic and soon dyed at the age of 42. The father of him was not a serious person and was sentenced for extortion. They lost their 2-floor house.

Before the army, Elvis was already in music. Presley attended the Assembly of God Church with his parents, where gospel music became an important influence for him.ELVIS - 1957.jpg

Elvis got is first guitar at his 11th anniversary instead of bicycle he’d wished to have.

Elvis had his first taste of musical success a few years later when he won a talent show at Humes High School in Memphis. After graduating in 1953, he worked a number of jobs while pursuing his musical dream. He cut his first demo record at what later became known as Sun Studio that year, and before long, Sam Phillips, the record label owner, decided to take the young performer under his wing. Presley soon began touring and recording, trying to catch his first big break. “That’s All Right” was Presley’s first single in 1954.

In 1955 he signed with RCA Records, a deal worked out by his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Presley was on a roll, scoring his first No. 1 single with “Heartbreak Hotel,” as well as his first No. 1 album, Elvis Presley, and signing a movie contract with Paramount Pictures—all in 1956. Despite the uproar that his sexy dance moves caused, he also became a popular guest on a number of television variety shows.

Soon, Presley was everywhere—on the radio, television and the silver screen—working as a musician and actor. His first film, Love Me Tender (1956), was a box office hit. After leaving the Army in 1960, Presley resumed his career and was soon back at the top of the charts with the soundtrack for his film GI Blues. He continued recording music and acting in such films as Blue Hawaii (1961),Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) and Viva Las Vegas (1964).

636154043280982691-ELVISAP-People-Priscilla-Presley.jpgElvis Presley met his future wife Priscilla in one of his concerts. That She was just a 14-year-old girl. He and Priscilla wed in 1967 and had a daughter, Lisa Marie, the following year.

By the early 1970s, Presley’s marriage was falling apart. The couple divorced in 1973, and Priscilla received custody of Lisa Marie. Presley was also wrestling with other personal problems, including a growing addiction to prescription drugs. Despite his personal obstacles, Presley remained a popular draw in Las Vegas and on tour. He performed at his last concert in June 1977, in Indianapolis, Indiana. After the concert, he returned home to his Memphis mansion, Graceland, to prepare for another tour.

Since his death, Presley has remained one of the world’s most popular music icons. Over the years, several documentaries and films have explored the Elvis_Presley_1970enigmatic performer, including a 2005 television miniseries starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as Elvis. Presley’s Memphis home, Graceland, is open to the public, and numerous fans from around the world visit the legendary residence annually, especially around Presley’s birthday and the anniversary of his death.

FACTS TO KNOW`

  • Elvis never performed outside of North America.
  • Elvis bought Franklin Roosevelt’s presidential yacht. He paid for the yacht paid $55,000.
  • Elvis’ famous black hair was dyed – his natural color was brown.
  • In 1947, a local radio show offered a young Elvis (age 12) a chance to sing live on air, but he was too shy to go on.
  • At 18, Elvis paid $4 to make his first record, a gift for his mama.
  • He was distantly related to former U.S. Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Jimmy Carter.
  • Elvis recorded more than 600 songs, but did not write any of them.

 

The Differences between Armenian and Arabic Folk Dances

Kochary and Belly dance are Armenian and Arabic folk dances. Kochary is well known in Armenia, and only the Armenians can dance it with such enthusiasm. Arabic Belly dance is well known not only in Arabic countries, but also all over the world. Almost every stranger can dance it well, but be sure no one can dance it as well and nice as Arabs. Each dance is unique individually. Both Armenian Kochary and Arabic Belly dance are very special dances, and each one is nice when it is danced by natives. But neither Armenian nor Arabic dances are easy to learn. And both dances have special movements, which only natives can dance with such spirit…they are in their blood.

There are lots of differences between Armenian and Arabic folk dances.

Kochary is one of the well known dances among Armenians.

Armenians have been dancing Kochary during all their existence. The dance is danced to a 2/4 rhythm.

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Kochary

Dancers form a closed circle, putting their hands on each other’s shoulders. This symbolizes collective strength of Armenians. It is always danced towards right side keeping the left leg out of the circle. Left leg symbolizes the evil, and almost all Armenian folk dances keep out left leg from the circle. Right side dances symbolize happiness. But there is an Armenian dance -“False dance” which begins with the left leg, and it was danced during funerals.

More modern forms of Kochary have added a “tremolo step,” which involves shaking the whole body. It spread to the eastern part of Anatolia after Armenians were driven out of Armenia because of the genocide caused by Turkey. This movement is appropriate to its name.

Kochary  is danced by both men and women, but mostly it is danced bay men. It is danced everywhere.

There are many types of Kochary such as Kochary of Alashkert, Kochary of Karin, Kochary 15.12.03.ff (2)of Sasun and so on. Each type has its unique costume, named Taraz. The costumes depend on the climate of the region, for example the Taraz of Sasun has woolen parts, because it is cold there. And in hotter places it is different. But the form is the same for both men costumes and for women costumes everywhere. Men wear long trousers with the elements symbolizing Armenia, and hoods with the same elements. The shoes are called “Trekh”. Women wear dresses the length of which is about their knees or longer with decorated elements symbolizing Armenia and white veils or crowns. Besides women wear very special jewelry with the zodiac of Aries, because the root “Koch” is considered to have a connection with a sheep and ram, ghoch and koch. The adjective “ghochagh” is emerged from the noun ghoch which means cavalier and brave. In very ancient times the costumes were made by hand. Nowadays these costumes are in the Museum of Armenian History.

Many other nations try to dance Kochary, but none of them dance it as nicely as Armenians.

Belly Dance is a dance of ultimate femininity, designed for a woman’s body at any age, size or shape. There are lots of secrets in the dance that no other people know but Arabs.

The dance is a “Western”-coined name for a traditional “Middle  Eastern” dance.

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Belly dance

The term “Belly dance” is a translation of the French “danse du ventre” which was applied to the dance in the Victorian era. Belly dance has roots in the ancient Arab tribal religions as a dance to the Goddess of Fertility.

Belly dance was popularized in the West during the Romantic movement of the 18th and 19th centuries, when Orientalist artists depicted romanticized images of Harem life in the Ottoman Empire.

Belly dance can be danced by sole or by groups. But it is danced only by women. In ancient times it was danced only for sheiks, but nowadays it is danced for everyone and everywhere.

Belly dance has original and unique costumes. Each costume is a little different, and varies depending on the nationality of the dancer. Generally, the dancers wear a two-piece dance costume that leaves the arms, belly and parts of the legs bare. The costume is usually a bra top and a skirt. The dancers wear ornate jewelry, and often wear two separate scarves that have bangles or coins attached. Sometimes a veil is worn in the Western world, but this is not traditional.

In the West, the costume most associated with belly dance is the Bedlah (Arabic for “suit”).

The Bedlah style includes a fitted top or bra usually decorated with beads or coins, a fitted hip belt also decorated with beads or coins, and a skirt or harem pants. The bra and belt may be richly decorated with beads, braid and embroidery. The belt may be a separate piece.

The classic harem pants are full and gathered at the ankle, but there are many variations. Sometimes pants and a sheer skirt are worn together. Skirts may be made of one color sheer fabric chiffon.

Belly dance has nice but very difficult movements.

Most of the movements in belly dancing involve different parts of the body: hips, shoulders, chest, stomach and so on.

There are some movements that are important in Belly dance:

Shiver or Shimmy-a shimmering vibration of the hips. This vibration is usually mixed with other movements. It is also possible to perform this using the muscles of the lower back. The two terms may refer to performing this move in different directions, as it is possible to create this vibration moving the hips alternately up and down, side-to-side, or in a forward and back swinging motion. The same move can be performed using the shoulders and is sometimes called a shoulder shimmy.

Hip hits- It is a movement of the hips out from the body. This is performed using other body parts such as the shoulders or chest. The dancers use muscles to move the hips up or down.

Undulations- It is the movements of the hips or of the chest in a rotating fashion. There are a wide variety of movements of this kind, of which the most well known is probably the rotating movement of the chest forward, up, back and down to create the impression of riding a camel.

As we see Belly dance exercises your body and keeps your figure slim and nice.

So, taking into consideration the facts I have mentioned above, I came to the conclusion that though both Kochary and Belly dance are very nice and unique dances and they are very different from each other in everything-costumes, movements and so on, and they are very difficult for foreigners to learn them, it is possible to learn these dances, just try your best and you will get the results.

The Concept of Temperance in Armenia and the USA

ashaa_blog_banner_virtue_1_v4In Armenian dictionaries the word temperance defines as զուսպ- հավասարակշիռ, իր ցանկություններին ու զգացմունքներին տիրապետող, չդրսևորող.

We have interviewed 55 Armenian people in different ages to understand what they realize by saying temperance. The result is the following:

A 17-year-old Armenian boy living in the USA understands the temperance in the following way: “For me temperance is when you don’t react like a crazy to unusual and weird things!”

And a 21-year-old Armenian student explains: “By saying temperance I understand the restriction in people’s deeds”. That is to say their limit towards the quantity and quality of their actions in order to gain a reputation or to make an image.

A 47-year-old woman explains that a person should be able to avoid his/her emotions. This is temperance.

As for a 54-year-old man temperance is a way of behavior, way of speaking, and laughing. He thinks that the way of laughing tells a lot about the person.

Other Armenian people think that temperance is self-control.

The Armenians often use temperance and modesty for the same meaning-modest person. We have difficulties to give the exact meaning of temperance because of our national mentality. Whereas the Americans exactly differs these two words. They define modesty as a mode of dress and deportment intended not to encourage sexual attraction in others; actual standards vary widely. In this use, it can be considered inappropriate or immodest to reveal certain parts of the body. And they define temperance as total abstinence from alcoholic liquors.

 

Oxford dictionary defines temperance as moderation or self-restraint, especially in eating and drinking. As we see the Oxford dictionary defines temperance as abstinence from alcoholic drink.

We have asked 4 young people living in the USA what they understand by saying temperance, they gave the same meaning as the dictionary does. But the fifth one said that temperance is about dress code. And the sixth 29-year-old American girl explains the word as self-control like the above mentioned Armenian people.

A 18-year-old American boy defines the wordin the following way: being humble.

Consumption of alcoholic beverages has been a contentious topic in America since the colonial period. (1657).The older generation in the USA also gives the same explanation about avoiding alcohol.

So, all 55 interviewed people explained the meaning of temperance in the same way: behavior, self-control. Taking into consideration above mentioned facts we may conclude that by saying temperance the Armenians understands the person’s good behavior, self control. But people in the USA understand the word as a type of abstinence- act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite especially about the alcoholic drinks. During our research me also conclude that the Armenians do not see much difference between temperance and modesty. Whereas the difference is noticeable-

Համեստություն-  Պարկեշտություն, առաքինություն, ազնվություն, բարոյականություն, պատվավորություն

And modesty in the USA is s a mode of dress and deportment intended not to encourage sexual attraction in others. That is to say modesty and temperance are different words in the USA.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” — Matthew

The headline marks nail in modesty’s coffin: “Nudity takes off…The clothing-optional lifestyle is becoming big business, and nobody’s blushing.”

I Have a Dream…

When I heard Elvis Presley’s “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” for the first time, I fell in love with his voice, then with him.

I started to read about him, I’ve watched almost all his films and heard almost all his 16649101_1477689065588415_5746472270786565781_nsongs. Once I turned on the radio and Elvis’s song “Love Me Tender” was playing. After listening to the song I made a wish: to learn to play on a guitar. I just wanted to learn to play this song on a guitar J I made this wish 12 years ago. And 12 years later I finally took the guitar in my hands. It was really difficult for me learn the notes. But I did. Now I think it will be difficult for me to play on a guitar but I’ll do it!  Dreams are for bringing them to life.

Buy playing on a guitar is not the only dream, my dearest wish is to visit Graceland (Elvis Presley’s house) someday.

You know, I couldn’t imagine someday I would play on a guitar, but today I’m going to have my first lesson.

Wish me good luck J

Next Stop ->>>> VAYQ

I’ve promised to tell about beautiful places of Armenia. So my next stop was in Vayq

(Vayots Dzor). Historically, the area of Vayk belongs to the Vayots Dzor canton of Syunik province; the 9th province of Armenia Major, ruled by the Siunia dynasty. It is located on

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St Trdat Church

the Yerevan-Goris highway, 140 km south of the capital Yerevan and 20 km southeast of the regional capital Yeghegnadzor. Its a very beautiful place surrounding with high mountains, green nature and fresh air. First you see when entereing Vayq is the white church-St Trdat church built in 2000. Christianity as the state religion was recognized by the Armenian king Trdat between 301 and 314. The next place of our trip to Vayq was the village Martiros. Very simple Armenian village at the first sight. But there is the second rock-carved church in 1286 after Geghard Monastery.

image.jpgIt’s a wonderful place; sound of the river, green nature, colorful flowers and always fresh air makes you feel better and relaxed.

I’ve seen a lot here, but  I can’t you explain my feelings with any word. If you plan to travel to Armenia, take a tour to Vayots Dzor. You will be entertained by the hospitable people here, you will see many 3 churches built in different centuries and get acquainted with another story of Armenia, its beauty and its religion.

 

Here is some photos from my pilgrimage.

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Vayq, Armenia
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Vayq, Armenia

 

Pilgrimage To Harichavanq

My next stop was in Haritchavank monastery-another beautiful and wonderful place in Armenia. The Monastery was founded in the VII c and is situated in the village of the same name in the Shirak district. On the cemetery there are ruins of a small single-nave basilica of the fifth century with side-chapels in the sides of the altar apse and interesting tombstones with ornamented slabs of the 5th-6th centuries, now at Armenia’s State History Museum, Yerevan.[1] The monastery was repeatedly recon­structed. The largest of these date back to the second half of the 19th cen­tury after Haritch was made the summer audience of the Catholicos of Echmiadzin in 1850.

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St Gregory Church

St. Gregory is a central domed cruciform church. The apses are pentahedral from

outside and semicircular inside. A huge dioctahedral dome makes the church look majestic. Initially the church had no side chapels. They were built later, the first in X century, and the second in the XIII century. In 1886 a belfry was attached to the church.

I don’t know where will be my next stop, but I am sure wherever it will be, it will be another paradise in Armenia.

 

 

[1] http://www.findarmenia.com/eng/sights/haritchavank