A while ago I was asked to write the review for the beautiful new CD of a very famous Greek musician, Manolis Famellos.

One song that touched me from the start was “Night on Earth” (“Νύχτα στη Γη”). The singer describes a moonless night. People look small, vulnerable, scared, as the road to home is long and uncertain. However, surrendering oneself to sadness should not be a given. We should no just hold on, but to agree – no, to decide! – that periods of sorrow are only temporary. Happiness will come again. But until then, we cannot just accept sadness and wait for things to change. We should find the strength to overcome obstacles and seek happiness even during the darkest of the times.

It seems that fire, smoke and tears tend to wake up the romantic in each one of us.