September 21, 2021

Why do I compose?

Mozart said: I cannot write poetically, for I am no poet. I cannot make fine artistic phrases that cast light and shadow, for I am no painter. I can neither by signs nor by pantomime express my thoughts and feelings, for I am no dancer; but I can by tones, for I am a musician. […]

July 5, 2021


For me listening to music is an enjoyable event in almost any setting. For example, while swimming… When you put a waterproof mp3 player on your ears, even the strokes can become a part of the music you are listening to. I enjoy among the different settings also the streets. And the music of the […]

May 26, 2021

End of the line

You can sit around and wait for the phone to ring (at the end of the line) Waiting for someone to tell you everything (at the end of the line) Sit around and wonder what tomorrow will bring (at the end of the line) Maybe a diamond ring Well, it’s alright, even if they say […]

April 27, 2021

Love at first sound

Video and music channels play new songs over and over again because we usually get to like a music piece after frequently listening to it. But I “fall in love” with some songs the first time I hear them. Examples? – Zürich, Switzerland 1988. I turned on the TV in my hotel room to check […]

March 23, 2021

HERITAGE, Part 5/5 – The Delivery

After receiving my scores, Anjelika Akbar agreed to be my consultant. It took me about 6 months to play the 8 piano pieces of the project, at a quality level that was worth to be recorded. I don’t know how many sleepless nights I had during those 6 months. It should not be forgotten that […]

March 3, 2021

HERITAGE, Chapter 4/5 – Recital

Sitting at that white grand piano, I realized that my past experiences in business life were not very helpful to me. It also didn’t matter much that I have studied those 8 pieces over and over. Anjelika Akbar sat on a chair next to the piano. My drama made itself visible right in the middle […]

February 1, 2021

HERITAGE, Part 3/5 – The Letter

Writing the letter to Anjelika Akbar took approximately 1 month. In the beginning it was not even clear to whom it would be written. I had decided to work with a consultant for the piano pieces, but I didn’t know how and with whom. Two of my friends, who were concert pianists, came to my […]

December 29, 2020

HERITAGE, Part 2/5 – Untold Stories

As I do with every project, I gave a name to it: “Untold Stories” with a secondary title “To my son Emre …”. As to its content: – A 15 track CD – An introductory piece to be played on piano (one of 8 selected) – The remaining 7 tracks to be played twice each […]

December 8, 2020

HERITAGE, Part 1/5 – Anjelika Akbar *

I was traveling. The phone rang. “I’m Anjelika Akbar, you sent me a letter.” I had to be a little late in responding to the voice at my ear. “Hello?” she said again. I gathered myself and said “Yes, yes … I sent that letter.” She hung up after receiving my confirmation saying, “I am […]

November 18, 2020

Melody or lyrics first?

In 2004 my son had built a website, a platform where worldwide events about global warming could be announced. We also had the idea to produce a song, which could be shared by all people who were interested in environmental issues. I had an order. ☺ There is no established rule in which sequence words […]