The day started off brilliantly with an 8am footsoak/swim in the Agean followed by a great Turkish breakfast at the hotel. Â Soon, we were all on the bus on the way to the Virgin Mary’s house in Kusadasi. Â The place was packed as it was also Mother Mary’s Resurrection Day – but soon enough we were walking up a pair of steps into a simple stone house where Mother Mary used to live. Â After spending some time in there we all walked outside onto the sermon area where we were told we would perform some songs in honor of Mother Mary. Â They hooked us up to mikes, and pretty soon we were singing Namo Namo Maria, a Qawwali, and Binati Suniye for all of the people who had come to visit this place.
For lunch, we went to a small town of the 7 sleeping saints. Â We ate in a traditional outdoor restaurantÂ with pillows for chairs and relaxed with great food. Â A little while later, the instruments were brought out and we gave a spontaneous concert for all the people at the restaurant. Â After a great Bhajan session, we walked up the mountain to the dwelling of the 7 saints who were said to have slept for 200 years to avoid persecution.
Later that day we were driven to a football field in the middle of the town where a stage was being set up for us. Â Some of us went out flyering and did our best to communicate with a few sentences in Turkish that we had memorized. Â At 9pm people started to walk into the stands, and our concert began. Â We played for a total of 4 hours, alternating between Qawwalis, Bhajans, Dances, and Guided Meditations. Â At about midnight we wrapped up after having finished a great concert for around 150 people and went out for some Turkish food.