samedi 2 juin 2012

David And Noura

Hello everyone, I am happy to be here and share my project with you. This is word and music for your eyes, your ears, your mind and your heart. It originally started as a musical adventure. It ended up being the story and the soundtrack from the life of David and Noura.

If you click in the June archives of this page, on each of the 11 scenes, you will follow the 2 lovers on their destiny from Montreal to somewhere in the Middle East.

Original story, music and art are by me. I invite you to please share on this blog your thoughts and comments on this creative project.

The tracks on my music player are available for free download on Soundcloud. However, if you love them enough to click on Download and you feel that creative work is worth something, I invite you to visit my Bandcamp, CD Baby or iTunes stores, and purchase these tracks at minimal cost! 

Thank you for your support.

Sit back , relax and enjoy!


Scene 1 - Completed Deleted

While reading this , please play ‘Completed Deleted’ in the music player.

Friday February 17th, 5:00 pm. David had just come home exhausted from the University of Montreal. Lately, his thesis had been taking all of his time and energy. Tonight, he had something else on his mind. As he came into the apartment, he saw that all of his girlfriend’s belongings were gone. She had posted a goodbye note on the computer screen and had vanished. Sitting in the middle of a half-empty living room, he then realised that he was just a temporary band-aid on the girl’s heart. He had been deleted. Just like that. Maybe he was not really surprised, since he’d been spending too much time studying lately, not paying enough attention to her, and things had not been going so well between them. In the end, they were just like roommates. Maybe this was coming anyway. 

Scene 2 - Noura

While reading this, please play ''Nouras' Song'' in the music player.

Friday February 17th, 1:30 pm. Noura read the email that her brother had sent her with the latest news from her native country. She was preparing a trip down there in 3 months. It was a long time since she had been back and she was impatient to see her brother and mother again. The young girl had been living in Montreal for some years, and she was now a Canadian citizen. She had obtained her law degree and she was working for an NGO. She was going on this trip to organize humanitarian aid, since her homeland had been involved in a long-term conflict with the much more powerful neighboring country and had been struggling for many years.
Noura then texted her friend Amina. She wanted to get out tonight to take her mind off things. She invited her to go dancing downtown.

Scene 3 - They met at the Rave

While reading this, please play ‘Are they listening ?’ in the music player.

Friday February 17th, 11:30 pm. In his home studio in the heart of the Mile End, David had just finished working on a new song. Music had been for him a hobby and a passion since he was a teenager, an escape from the constraints of his studies. But tonight he was feeling depressed and uninspired. He had tried to reach his girlfriend – or ex-girlfriend – to try to understand what had happened between them, but there was no answer. Anyway, he knew deep down that this relationship had died a long time ago. He decided that seeing people would do him some good, so he grabbed his coat and was out the door.

‘Monster Rave’, the sign read. Outside on the
street, David could hear the beat of the music.  He went in and made his way through the crowd of clubbers. He could feel the bass pounding in his belly. That night by chance he
met Amina, a friend he had not seen for a long time, and she introduced him to Noura. He was immediately attracted to her. Long black hair. Eyes you could get lost in. They danced and had a ball until the wee hours of the morning in a state somewhere between trance and euphoria. Maybe it was the music, maybe it was love at first sight, or maybe it was the love drug called Ecstasy that they had taken, courtesy of Amina.

Go to Scene 4

Scene 4 - Bodies Entwined

While reading this, please play ‘Bodies Entwined’ in the music player.

Sunday February 19th, 4:30 pm. David reached in his pocket for the cell phone number that Noura had scribbled before she left the rave. After he had managed to get out of bed in the middle of the afternoon on the day before, a little numb from pulling an all-nighter, he kept thinking about her. He invited her out for dinner to his favorite sushi restaurant and she accepted. They had a great evening together and he brought her back to his apartment. They made love, and talked about their lives for a while, bodies entwined. David felt as if he had always known her.

Scene 5 - Run Away

While reading this , please play ‘Run Away’ in the music player.


Wednesday May 16th, 2:05 pm. Noura’s humanitarian trip was fast approaching and her preparation was almost done. Rami, her brother, had sent another message. He was impatient to see her again. However their communications were becoming more and more difficult and sporadic. The situation in the city where Rami and his mother lived was getting worse by the day: there were daily power outages due to air raids conducted by the enemy on generating plants out of town. Food and water was frequently in short supply.  Rami had been out of work for 3 months, since the border had been closed, and the car repair shop where he was working was located on the other side. He and his mother had been struggling to live. Yesterday, Rami had been caught downtown in a riot that was violently repressed by the occupating army. For Rami and the youth of his country, the hope of a better life was slowly vanishing away.

Scene 6 - My Blue Sky

While reading this , please play ‘My Blue Sky’ in the music player.

Sunday May 20th, 7:40 pm. The Montreal Airport  was packed with vacationers. But Noura was not going on a vacation. She was just about to get through security before taking her flight. First she had to fly to Europe. From there, she had to get to her final destination by sea in order to bring the humanitarian aid. She knew that this was not going to be a piece of cake, because during the last UN meeting, the oppressors had threatened to block all traffic in nearby waters. David put his hands on her waist and kissed her. Before letting her go he gave her an mp3 player with a song on it that he had just written for her. He told her to be careful, and to play the song so that she would think of him during the long weeks they would be apart. ‘’What is the name of the song?” she asked. “My Blue Sky.’’ At 10:50 pm the plane took off. As the Montreal city lights were fading away through the window, she put on her earphones.