SUPER EXCITING NEWS!
On my birthday the 4th of August we are releasing our third song. It is a very personal song THE STOLEN YEARS, Lily Amis featuring Thir13een is inspired by my memoir THE STOLEN YEARS IN ZURICH and this is the song cover. The pop song will be available on all streaming platforms.
This lovely picture of my beautiful mum Sima and I was taken back in May 2014 in the most beautiful place in Germany the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen, in the southwest of Bavaria.
This bench is right in the middle of a path between Hohenschwangau Castle and the little village below with its world-famous Neuschwanstein Castle overlooking the Alpsee.
This small village is truly a magical place like a little hidden treasure box in a fairytale. It is a peaceful location where you can forget your worries and troubles at least for a while and just enjoy the beauty of nature, history, and architecture.
You probably wonder why the SWISS CLOCK on the cover has no clock hands. It’s ironic, right? Swiss clocks are famous for their high quality because of the standard of their mechanism. They are made by hand and you can usually wear them for an entire lifetime. When you wear a Swiss watch, you carry hundreds of years of fine watchmaking tradition on your wrist. Also, Swiss clocks represent punctuality because as Swiss people like to say, Time is money.
And yet because of all the obstacles that my mum and I have experienced in Switzerland, we have lost many years. This is the reason for the missing clock hands! It's as if our life, time, and years were worth nothing and they toyed with our destiny and stole away way too many precious years.
There are fourteen little alarm clocks on the top of the cover! And the big one with our picture on it is the 15th on a pocket clock and it stands for the fifteen years that we survived as rejected refugees with limited opportunities and countless obstacles in the heart of Europe. For us, time stood still for way too long and we were help- and powerless and suffered and struggled and survived way too many seasons.
Around us are plenty of alarm clocks in deformed forms which remind us of Salvatore Dali’s masters’ works, my favorite artist of all time. The deformed shapes stand for the damaged, dysfunctional, troubling, hopeless, and fearful times in fifteen years of loneliness and social isolation. If you look carefully, you might discover images of my happy and carefree childhood, clueless about life challenges and cruel people!