Have you ever found yourself staring into space, daydreaming perhaps, recalling a song that will transport you to a memory, moment in time, of love, happiness, sadness or even fear.
When I travelled to Turkey in 2000 I met The Turk but I also found myself obsessed with a pop song by the Turkish pop sensation by the name of Tarkan. Tarkan had a hit song that summer called Şimarik (actually Şimarik is a repeated hit for Tarkan every summer and even today will be heard at least twice during a night out – I am sure he could retire on the money made from this song alone). Şimarik means naughty in Turkish and this song definitely was integral to many people (including myself) doing some very naughty things during the summer of 2000 in Bodrum, Turkey.
When I first heard this song I loved it. I didn’t know the name, I didn’t know one word from the song but the beat was mesmerizing and I found myself dancing night after night to the tune while holidaying in Turkey.
Returning to real life meant no more dancing on tabletops, no more sunkissed days and hot, sweaty nights and instead I could be found sitting behind my desk, arguing with lawyers and clients day in and day out – depressing really – but then that song, that tune, that beat would enter my mind and I would close my eyes, even if for a moment, and think back to the music, the dancing, the sunshine, food, lifestyle, hell it takes me back to one of the best holidays I had ever had!
In 2002 the a rather bland version of my favourite song appeared on Australian Radio being sung by an Australian actress / singer Holly Valance. “Kiss Kiss”, was definitely a lot easier to sing along to but did not hold the memories of the original song for me.
Now that Youtube has been reactivated in Turkey I typed Şimarik and watched the film clip for the first time ever. Yikes!
I thought he was hotter. Everything gets better when you look back on it but I really thought he was hotter! I think it’s the nose. here is a photo of Tarkan with no shirt on. Much better!
Oh you wanted one of his face? Sorry, I didn’t realise 🙂
Slightly jaded now (really shouldn’t have watched it on Youtube). I still don’t know the words to Şimarik but when that song comes on the radio I find myself humming along remembering that fateful summer when I first met The Turk and pretty much every summer since.
Do you have a favourite song, a song that takes you back to a special moment? As long as it is not Celine Dion, I’m all ears, send me a link.
Loving this blog? Please help me build my audience and share with like minded people who, like you, love music and love Turkey. You can also subscribe or like me on Facebook for all updates.