Departure for a voyage by ship is an event that goes back centuries to the
antique age when colonies were established by sailors departing from Anatolia.
For examples, some cities of Italy were established by Phocaea people (today
Foça near İzmir - Turkey). Some of the important colonies established by the
Phocaeans known in history are: Alalia (Corsica); Massalia - today Marseille - (France).
So Long My Motherland is a musical drama that tells the departure story of a sailor
from the Levant region of Middle East. The first Act tells the Fairwell -
Last Dinner of the sailor. There are references to the Last Dinner of Jesus Christ
in this section. This is a multi religious work which has direct quotations from Bible
and practices of other religions.
The second Act tells the Sailor's prayer. This has references to the function of
religion in teaching people how to use their subconscious vs their consciousness.
The third Act has the love song of the sailor to her lover being left behind on the land.
The third Act also depicts a storm which the ship passes through and finally the ship sets
on the route for its destiny. There are two important songs at the end.
My Mom's Prayer is one of the beginning songs I wrote first. It tells my feelings
when I was heading for USA on the airplane for a Masters of Music degree.
Thanks Giving is based on my music of We Thank Thee song (lyrics of Ralph Waldo Emmerson)
and developed as the final of the whole work.
I hope you enjoy it. (Thank you Gav for reminding this).
Note: You may find the complete musical drama at:
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