Episode 5 of 45 - “Songs of Pain”

Salon.com has posted the fifth video of Hometown Baghdad. It’s called “Songs of Pain.” This one hits home for me as a musician. The way he speaks of letting out your emotions with rock and roll really resonates with me. And as a fan of heavy metal like Adel, I want to say….sweet riff.
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17 Responses to “Episode 5 of 45 - “Songs of Pain””

  1. Zaid Says:

    Sadness … is somthing rife from the daily life in Iraq , thats why I think Adel is playing music about pain that reflects the life we are living in .
    But even though .. I think life has both sadness and happiness wherever you go , so we can look for happiness and even its so few but we should try to enlarge it and thats why I’d like to say that : , for me , I’d love to play and hear HAPPY SONGS that give hope and strength inside me so as to continue with this hard life , we can light a candle inside a dark room better than saying damn we can see nothing in this dark room .
    Regards to all people who worked here and made that amazing place .

  2. Amelia A. Says:

    I want to hear more of Adel’s music and lyrics. I hope there is more to come in the series…

  3. Eduardo Gemmal Says:

    Good job, guys!!!!
    Keep on the good work!!! These videos are very important for the world to see your reality.
    I’m a brazilian musician and I have an arabic descent. (you can see by my last name : Gemmal)
    I just wanted you to know that this act is very important to persuade the world’s public opinion.
    Don’t stop for as long as it’s necessary!!!

    Edurado (Ed) Gemmal

  4. Treasure of Baghdad Says:

    “You can join a band or you can join a militia.”

    WOW! Just Wow!

  5. Zeyad Says:

    Admirable effort. I posted a link from my blog and my YouTube channel.

  6. Konfused Kid Says:

    To whoever is running this blog,

    hi, I’m an Iraqi and I’m also an old-time pal of Ausama and his brother (M) and I’ve been to their house more times than I can remember, I have left to Jordan nine months earlier and I would like to get back in touch with them, those videos are awesome. I have a blog too and am interested in similar amateur filmmaking efforts too, I have done a few things that you can see on my YouTube page, just search for theak33 in YouTube. Plz just deliver this message to them.


  7. akkadia-michelle Says:

    thank you, thank you, thank you, shukran, shukran, shukran, wamahatsetahi!

    your life, your music, the reality of war and Baghdad.

    i’m listening, please keep talking……

  8. annie Says:

    really, just incredible, brings tears to my eyes.

  9. Nan Says:

    Thank you for sharing your life. I am sitting in an easy life here in the USA. I pray for peace many times during each day…. Our lives are not different in our hearts. Keep your strength and spirit….Someday we will all hear your songs of pain.

  10. Tilli (Mojave Desert) Says:

    Thanks so much for these videos. Many good wishes to you all.

    I’m an old refugee - that is, post-punk. If you’d like to see what one of your new fans was doing 27 years ago (the girl with the boyish haircut on the first live song…


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  12. Arthur Says:

    What can I do to help you over there, in Iraq?

  13. Nikki Says:

    I’ve been watching all of these videos and I have to say, this one struck me as being the most poignant.

    With all of the political and religious propaganda being shoved down everyone’s throats these days, it’s refreshing to see something honest and real.. just people who want to live normal and prosperous lives, like all human beings.

    I hope you all keep up on the musical stuff, creativity is such a positive thing to channel anger, sadness, and discontent into. It’s overlooked many times by the powerful but is such a strong voice to make a difference with.

    Keep up all the good work!

  14. Hometown Baghdad » Blog Archive » Episode 18 of 45 - “Anger. Pain. Death. Madness.” Says:

    [...] trip into Adel’s world…Previously, we saw him express his rage through music. Here we see him do it through [...]

  15. KinaRumin Says:

    I liked your site. Very useful resource. THE BEST.



  16. Iraqi Black Rose Says:

    Hey Adel,

    I just wanted to tell you that one of your episodes was on CNN today under “News to me” ….
    Good Job
    Keep up the hard work

  17. fatima Says:

    i cried and always do when i watch your videos.u know what kill me?i don’t recognize my beautiful streets and places any more.i always remember madonna’s sog”this used to be my play ground,this used to be my childhood dreams).
    i can’t beleive most of my friend r killed.i can’t beleive other people took over the house where i was raised,and probably reading my private diaries and touching my personal belongings.life sucks.i pray one day i can at least go visit the graves of my loved ones…..inshalla.

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