Gini Alhadeff grew up in Egypt, the Sudan, Italy and Japan. She is the author of The Sun at Midday: Tales of a Mediterranean Family and Diary of a Djinn (both Anchor Books). She lives in New York City.

Of music alone

This kind of singing functions by allusion, in that it attempts to transmit a transcendence of sound. The voice is not as important as what the singer has absorbed from the guru. And the older the singer the more the song is alluded to rather than sung, its beauty as much in what is heard as in what is merely conjured. It is a kind of singing around an absence, as though circling an abyss.

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