The Snake Charmer

By Shira

This mood music is a song composed in the United States in the 1890's called Streets Of Cairo. Click here for historical information about this song, including the story of why so many Americans associate it with belly dancing even though it's not a Middle Eastern song and "real" Oriental dance artists who are actually from the Middle East never use it. This variation of this song was arranged and performed by Scott Montgomery Smith especially for use on this web site. Copyright 2000 by Scott Montgomery Smith. All rights reserved.

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Sway to the mysterious music of the snake charmer! Undulate with ophidian grace! Honor the serpent, the ancient giver of knowledge.

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About The Artist

After a lifetime of thinking she couldn't draw her way out of a paper bag (thanks to some unfortunate input by a nasty art teacher in middle school), Shira has finally let her wonderful husband convince her that maybe her doodles do deserve to see the light of day--or at least the light of your computer monitor!

Shira first started learning Middle Eastern dance in 1981. Dance has been her inspiration, her avenue to making friends in a new community after relocating, and her escape from her "day job" of being a professional Silicon Valley computer nerd.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Photo by John Rickman, San Jose, California, 1997.

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