"...I am not a nostalgic man, but I do have a long-range memory. At times my topics come from sitting on the street. The road has an echo of freedom regardless of how crowded it is with people. In it, I feel loneliness. The road is not my inspiration, but the freedom given to me by the road is my road to the idea--the idea loaded with transitory images, transitory scents."
--musician and composer Toufic Farroukh, from "Toufic Faroukh on Jazz, Saxophone, and Memory," an interview with AlJadid: A Review & Record of Arab Culture and Arts