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SWAAI BOYS are proud to annouce the newest desert pop single off their upcoming collection of songs HOT SAND!
REF_HS_002 (DANA OF DENDUR) is based on a love story from SWAAI BOYS' percussionist Helmut's youth. The Temple of Dendur is an intact Egyptian temple housed in the Sackler Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where a highschool girlfriend of Helmut's had a summer internship. Her name was Dana. Helmet said she was tasked with categorizing hundreds of shabtis in the galleries near the temple -- Egyptian Blue funerary figures -- which was apparently very boring and lonely.
We were having a few mai tais on the museum's roof garden one summer afternoon when Helmut told his fellow SWAAI BOYS about the affair, how he used to meet her at the end of her shift. They would cut the lines, sneak into the temple, throw pennies in the water, and make out under the palms.
Often they would stay there til after the museum closed, alone in the giant room lit only by the temple. They would wander the wing looking at Queen Nefertiti's jewelry and crumbling pharaoh sarcophaguses. One time Dana said she knew hieroglyphs, and tried to decipher an insanely long Book of the Dead papyrus which lines a corridor there. They were in paradise, but was all too good to be true. They drifted apart after the summer, and Dana left a fond hole in Helmut's heart.
A few weeks later Helmut ran into Dana at an opening at the Hemingway Gallery on 55th Street. She was quite cold and aloof to him. Her wealthy, stuffy parents had never liked Helmut, and she seemed to have grown into the mold.
DANA OF DENDUR is about foiled young love, and how funny and sad it can be watching people grow up and change, sometimes in such a short and nebulous amount of time. Especially astute in the shadow of a 2000-year old temple preserved immaculately under stippled glass that mimics its original Nubian lighting.
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