MOTORCYCLE RHYTHM

I bought my first motorcycle in 1972 after watching the film entitled “Easy Rider”. The film inspired me to own a motorcycle. I still remember how enthusiastic I was riding it all over the world on the very first day I bought one.

Motorcycle riding has given me pleasure in every period of my life. It has helped me to be more enjoyable if I am cheerful and to get rid of my troubles more quickly if I am sad. I think the Motorcycle Rhythm song also reflects this pleasure in terms of the flow and rhythm of the song and the instruments used.

When I decided to make a song album relating to my autobiography book, I thought that an album would not be a meaningful album without writing a song for my motorcycle passion! I looked at all the photos and videos of my trips and remembered the places I’ve been to during the last fifty-year period. Because of my love for the sea, I preferred to list the names of the seas and oceans on whose shores I rode, rather than listing the names of the countries I traveled to. I tried to combine the sea and the motorcycle.

I was the director of the Istanbul Harley-Davidson Group for three years. I made very meaningful friendships with people of all ages. Mothers and fathers usually refrain from allowing their children to ride a motorcycle; because they worry. They’re right. I always recommend the young riders to ride the motorcycle with a little bit of “fear”. This allows the rider to be more careful in traffic and to navigate by taking all necessary precautions. The name “Motorcycle Rhythm” that I gave to the song expresses a calm and precautionary riding rhythm.

I dedicated a whole chapter to my motorcycle riding passion in my autobiography book. My motorcycle life is described under the heading “On the Motorcycle” chapter.

This song is written remembering the 800,000+ kilometers that I have ridden during the last fifty years, and in appreciation the wonderful friends I rode with and the wonderful people I met while riding in Asia, Europe, The Americas and Africa.

The following instruments were played in the music recording studio:

· Acoustic guitar

· Acoustic resonator guitar

· Electric guitar

· Bass guitar

· Violin

· Banjo

· Harmonica

· Drums

· Percussion

The Lyrics:

MOTORCYLE RHYTHM

THOSE GUYS IN “EASY RIDER” WERE COOL…

GOT A CHOPPER IN NINETEEN-SEVENTY-TWO.

I PROMISED MYSELF TO TRAVEL THE WORLD

AND SO FAR I’VE KEPT MY WORD.

STILL HITTING THE ROAD TO GO FAR AWAY,

STILL KEEPING A SMOOTH GENTLE RHYTHM.

STILL RIDING TO VISIT OLD FRIENDS,

STILL RIDING TO SEE THE ONES I LOVE.

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I RODE ON GOLDEN SAND BEACHES

ON THE SHORES OF THE HOLY RED SEA.

I RODE AND WATCHED THE FISHERMEN BOATS

ON THE SHORES OF THE ROUGH BLACK SEA.

I RODE AND STROLLED AND I CAMPED

ON THE SHORES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA.

AND I MET THE SWEET LOVE OF MY LIFE

ON THE SHORES OF THE AGEAN SEA.

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I RODE ALL THE WAY TO THE ARCTIC CIRCLE

THROUGH THE LACY COASTLINE OF THE NORWEGIAN SEA.

I PLAYED THE SIX-STRING IN A CUTE LITTLE TOWN

ON THE SHORES OF THE BALEARIC SEA.

WELL, I WITNESSED THE MOTHER’S NATURE STRENGTH

ON THE SHORES OF THE TYRRHENIAN SEA.

AND I MET AN OLD MAN WHO GAVE ME ADVICE

ON THE SHORES OF THE ADRIATIC SEA.

***

ON A LONG EAST ATLANTIC COAST RIDE,

AFRICA LOOKED EXPLOITED AND EUROPE SO RICH.

I WAS IN TIME FOR “LE BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU”,

BUT I SAW A DIFFERENT FILM IN CASABLANCA.

THE TOWN OF KEY WEST WAS THE DESTINATION

ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE OCEAN.

ROUTE SIXTY-SIX TO THE PASIFIC COAST

WHERE A NATIVE RECITED A TRIBE STORY.

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I AM NOW GOING BACK TO MY HOMETOWN,

TO A PARADISE ON THE ANATOLIAN COST

WHERE GREEN MOUNTAINS AND THE BLUE SEA

GREET EACH OTHER WITH MUCH AFFECTION.

I’M ON MY WAY TO SEE MY OLD FRIENDS;

TO SEE ORANGE TREES AND COTTON FIELDS,

TO RIDE ON THE ROADS I PEDALLED TO SCHOOL,

TO BECOME THE CHILD I WAS ONCE…

MOTORCYCLE RHYTHM
While recording violin parts….

MOTORCYCLE RHYTHM
While recording drum parts….