The first time I heard Abdel Kader live was in a nightclub in Achrafiyeh, Beirut, in March 2000. I've been obsessed with the song ever since.

And, of course, Aicha. These two songs are a mainstay on all my iPods.

"Observe Everything. Always think for yourself. Never let other people make important decisions for you." — from Bad News by Edward St. Aubyn