Following a period of 17 years of education and a period of 43 years of business life, 32 years of which were spent as a married man, I decided to write my autobiography at the beginning of 2018. I named the book in three languages: YOL in Turkish, THE PATH in English, LE CHEMIN in French. The three-language title originated from the fact that I had my primary school education in Turkish, my secondary and high school education in English/Turkish and my university education in French.
“The Path” carries the meaning of the path that we all have in our lives with ups and downs, joy and sadness, exitement and frustration. The first publication of the book took place in August of 2019.
A new idea came to my mind when the first batches of the book were distributed: To create a “soundtrack” for the book. I wanted to reflect the ups and downs of my life in a musical format. So, I started writing songs about the people, places and events described in the book.
In plain truth, my knowledge of music theory emcompasses only a tiny portion of what an educated professional musician would know. Although I started to play the guitar many decades ago and in fact have a certain style, I had never thought of and never had the time to play and sing at a professional level. As for lyrics, I think that the ability to write poems or song lyrics is a gift of God, but also, it is almost a profession on its own. My writing of lyrics was limited only to the lines of a poem that I had written for my mother after her passing away.
As I mentioned above, my autobiograhy book was really the stimulus for the music and the lyrics of the twelve songs that I humbly present in my album. There were times when I got lost in desperation and thought of giving up. However, I have found out that writing lyrics becomes easier when one decides on what subject to write. In fact, the first thing I did was to write a song using the Turkish lyrics of the poem that I had written for my mother some thirty years ago. I shared that song on the social media on Mothers’ Day in 2020 and received many positive feedback from my friends. That encouraged me to continue… I translated the Turkish lyrics into English and that song became the “Monument of Miracles” (MOM) song in The Path album.
Consequently, I was 68 years old when I concluded my first song in the English language. I believe that some 50 years of listening to music and playing the guitar and the harmonica had an important influence. Better late than never… Some friends have asked me why I do songwriting in English when my mother tongue is Turkish. I believe that, this is the cumulative result of being a member of the ’68 generation and having grown up playing and singing the songs of many incredible musicians during the ‘60s and ‘70s. As for genre, my preference moved toward Pop Music and Country Music and their sub-genres.
Harlan Howard, a well known country music songwriter, once said, “In country music, all you need is three chords and the truth.” To be honest, the three-chord music suited me well; furthermore, there was plenty of truth in my book.
The twelve songs will be released on major digital music streaming platforms as singles during the May-December 2021 period. They will all be rereleased as a twelve-song album at a later date. I am also planning to release the “acoustic versions” of some of the songs in 2022.
Here are the names of the twelve songs that I humbly present:
1) THE PATH (LOVE THROUGH AGES)
2) THANKFULNESS
3) MOTORCYCLE RHYTHM
4) AN ANGEL ON EARTH
5) HOW NAIVE I WAS
6) ACROSS THE BALKANS
7) MONUMENT OF MIRACLES
8) THE TRUE WONDER
9) DEEP REGRET
10) LET’S LIVE THE FUTURE
11) CHILDREN OF TALAS
12) YVONNE

Paul McCartney of The Beatles, in his song “Silly Love Songs” says, “You’d think that people would have had enough of silly love songs, but I look around me and I see it isn’t so…” and continues to sing that beautiful love song. My album is not different at all: Eight of the twelve songs are about the joy of love or about the sadness and blues it sometimes brings along. The remaining four songs describe my motorcycle riding, memories of travelling through the Balkan countries, life in a boarding school and admiration for a mother. The story of each specific song together with the lyrics are documented on the related pages of that song.
My special thanks go to all those who have contributed, but especially to Volkan Başaran, my producer, who made this album a reality…
Thank you for your interest and I hope you will enjoy the songs.
Mehmet GÜR