Music Makes Tal So Giddy

Tal, as drawn by the very talented Maya Zakoul on

Tal’s love of music began at a very early age when her mother used to use catchy Egyptian jingles, Disney musicals, and Sing-Along tapes to keep her from getting all fussy. Even though she was still learning how to speak, she ended up memorizing all of these and reciting them over and over again, so much that the family still bring out those incidents to tease Tal.

Present-day Tal would hardly call Egyptian jingles music but she’s thankful that they made her love anything with a melody and lyrics.

Since she was born at the beginning of the 90s, she was naturally exposed to an era of pure manufactured pop. She was introduced to

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Backstreet Boys in Concert. One day Tal hopes to see them live! (via Flickr) 

the Backstreet Boys at the age of 6, had her own personal radio which would become an integral part of her sleeping process at 7 years a promotion for the Solpadine medication. The first cassettes she bought were Backstreet Boys’ Millennium and Spice Girls’ Spice World in 1999. Her parents tried to get her to stop singing I Want it That Way but it was all in vain.

And the love for music only grew on from there. The Solpadine radio was soon replaced by walkmen, discplayers, and then naturally iPods. It would be nearly impossible to find Tal without her iPod.

During that time, Tal’s music tastes began to drastically change. Although she will forever have a soft spot for boybands, she almost grew out of it by the time the bands started retiring, breaking up, or just taking a break. Like any teenager, she turned to whatever

How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb: One of Tal's favorite albums of all time (Image via Wikipedia)

was on the radio and made mix-tape after mix-tape to keep all her favorite tracks (this was before she had access to the internet).  She began to appreciate rock music with Bon Jovi‘s 2000s work and when  U2 released How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb but at that time, she thought that rockers were screaming instead of singing. Of course, she was wrong.

It would take her until college to discover all the glory that is known to be as the 70s and 80s but as they say, better late than never. Because of that, she has grown to be very critical of the music industry of today, with only a very select few really attracting her attention-that’s not to say that she doesn’t enjoy turning on the radio and singing on top of her lungs, but that it’s just highly doubtful she’ll ever consider Rihanna or Gaga as one of her favorite artists.

While she listens to music, Tal is a student at the American University of Beirut, currently finishing up her last year of undergraduate studies in Environmental Health. She loves reading, writing poetry, and likes giving impromptu singing  performances, doing karaoke, or just belting out a song at home (which she’s sure her family loves) since she studied music for over six years: she hated it and barely remembers anything.

She’s passionate about trivia, especially those of the entertainment type, and often spends hours on Wikipedia and other sites

Delta Goodrem in concert.

Delta Goodrem: If only Tal could sing like her! (Image via Wikipedia)

reading, to the extent that her friends have dubbed her the “information bank.”

Her favorite song is Savage Garden’s Truly, Madly, Deeply and if you go through her iPod, you are most likely to find songs by U2, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Queen,The Beatles,  Norah Jones, Savage Garden, Coldplay Scorpions, 30 Seconds To Mars, Eminem, Maroon 5, John

Mayer, Delta Goodrem, and of course, Backstreet Boys.

Everything she publishes on Tom and Tal is her own personal opinion and either stems from deep appreciation or deep frustration.

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