A planet of song …
By Garrett Palm
I daydream a lot. Often these daydreams are of whole new worlds that I think I am creating. A while ago I had a reoccurring daydream where I took Captain Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation to planets throughout the universe that I found fascinating. Yes, it is embarrassing to admit, especially since it was a daydream from my twenties so I can’t say I was really that young. All I can say in my defense is that I grew up on Star Trek.
One planet that I created was a planet of song. At a certain hour of the day, every single person on this world stepped outside to sing together. This planet-wide chorus was audible from everywhere and I often took the Captain to the top of a mountain to listen.
My first trip to a Muslim country made me feel a touch less crazy when I heard the call to prayer. My friend and I were in Sarajevo in 2006 and the Muezzin began after the sun went down. I ran out from the hostel to hear it better. The Azaan was everything I had hoped for.
West Beirut is one of my favorite places to hear the floating melodies of the call to prayer come down the canyons of modern buildings. Five times a day all the mosques across the neighborhood remind the religious to pray to Mecca.
To see that a place I once dreamed of exists in the real world astonishes me. Now I just need to bring Patrick Stewart with me on my next trip to the Middle East.
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