A Way of Life


Today, I was organizing the music in my system by putting them in particular folders and creating a play list to listen to everyday. And then started, the trip down memory lane. Each and every song brings back a hidden memory. Some songs take me back to those age old happy days and some remind me of a turbulent phase. Some songs remind me of the people whom I have sent out of my life and some songs remind me of the wonderful people I have in my life today. Some songs trigger a lost memory of an old lover and some remind me of the good old days spent with my husband. Music along with reading is one of the best hiding places. Music takes you back to a place which no one else is aware of. Music holds the secret of all emotions and is the best escape ever. Safe and wonderful, music for me is a way of life.

Nothing changes when it comes to music. Not the lyrics, not the emotion. Its just a momentary phase, which probably ends right after the song, but for those four to five odd minutes you are just transported back into a distant memory. Nothing like music to trigger nostalgia and nothing like nostalgia to initiate the flow of words. Its a cycle right here. So the next time you are suffering from a writer's block, put on some music and let the mind flow. If not anything else, you will at least feel like writing a post about some of the crass lyrics used in the songs these days.

No matter how modern a girl I am, I still prefer the old music. Enigma, The Cardigans, Bryan Adams, Timbaland, Enrique Iglesias, Kylie Minogue and all of the 90s. Today every Tom(read Miley Cyrus), Dick (read Justin Bieber) and Harry (read Selena Gomez) think that they are God's gift to music. They all sound like noise to me. Lady Gaga and Katy Perry still make some decent music, but are overshadowed by their hideous clothes in the videos. Just listen to their music and you actually find bliss at times. Same with Hindi music. The olden days of Rafi and Mukesh were definitely the golden days. The problem with me is that I listen to the lyrics, more than the song in entirety. The lyrics are the soul of the song and now a days hardly any song possess it. Even if you ignore the videos, the audio is more painful. The recent song from Zanjeer "Pinki hai paise waalon ki" takes the cake.


Honestly, I do like item numbers. Some. One of my many alter egos is an item girl who wants to dance like no one is watching. I do that and occasionally my husband joins in too with his two left feet. Chikni Chameli, Fevicol Se, Lungi dance, Ghagra and Hookah bar gets my foot tapping at any time of the day or night. But when I'm plugging in my ear phones just to relax and de-stress I cannot tolerate these songs. I prefer slow songs for that. Vishal Bharadwaj for example, is an excellent music director and singer. 'O saathi re' from Omkara still remains my favorite song. The lyrics blow my mind every time I listen to it. You don't have to watch the movie to know that it revolves around a powerful man and an innocent lady who loves him insanely. The essence of the movie is brought out beautifully by this song alone. 'Naina thag lenge' from the same movie is another masterpiece, in terms of music and lyrics. Have you heard the title track of 'You, me aur hum'? Its the best love song ever. Listen to the lyrics and your eyes will well up. It explains the journey of love in a single song. Unfortunately nothing else apart from this song, is good about the movie. Today, I'm just tripping on 'Main rang sharbaton ka' from 'Phata poster nikla hero'.


Some of the other Hindi songs that I absolutely love:

~ Oh re Piya : Aaja Nachle
~ Tujhe bula diya : Anjaana Anjaani
~ Tune jo na kaha : New York
~ Jhonka hawa ka : Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
~ Mere pass hai tu : Taal
~ Tera hone laga hu : Ajab prem ki ghazab kahani
~ Pehi baar mohabbat (the slow version) : Kaminey
~ Aaoge jab tum saajna : Jab we met
~ Chup chup ke : Buntu aur Babli
~ Rasiya : Kurbaan
~ Bhare naina : Ra.One
~ Ambarsariya : Fukrey
~ All of Lootera

So what is the memory associated with your favorite song?

~ Soumya

28 comments:

  1. I love 'Naina thagg lenge' too, something very raw and earthy about that song. And, yes, I currently like 'Main rang shabaton ka, tu meethe ghaat ka pani', nice song and flowy lyrics. I don't even wanna get started about the abysmal lyrics in songs currently. You should listen to kannada music if you want to kill someone who writing shit!

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  2. I love both the songs of Omkara that you have mentioned. No matter how foot tapping the music, we always look for the lyrics that soothes us.. Lungi dance will make you dance but only "o saathi" will make your soul sing. I m listening to Ambarsariya and Sawar loon on loop.. Lootera is the only movie in recent times which gave such soulful music, isn't it?

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    1. Totally agree. Sawaar loon never leaves the mind :)

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  3. Somebody has said it right that music has its own language which can transform the black and white memories in something so real that one can closely held it.These days I'm listening to Ayushmann khurrana's new song o heeriye and I wanna grow old with you.The list is though never ending.Pehla nasha, dil mera ek taara from 16 december, Remember when, woh ajnabee, aao tumhe chaand pe le jaayei, ek din bik jayega maati ke mol AND SO ON... :)

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  4. All the 90's songs are awesome!! 'Ambarsariya' is one of ma current favorite too and 'Bolo na' by Sona Mohapatra and Taylor Swift is all time fav. Tom, Dick and Harry line is hilarious. :) absolutely true!

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    1. Taylor Swift's songs are like my poems :P

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  5. I like almost all of the songs from your list! Music invokes emotions like nothing else can.

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  6. so your writing has changed... more mature I think maybe... nice :D

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  7. Mine is old english track...BILLY JOEL..and the likes!!!!

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  8. I love these songs and to add few, yeh tune kya kiya (Once upon a time in Mumbai Dobaraa) and Jab tak hai jaaan theme song - this song was not popularized in the trailers.. but trust me it is soul stirring.
    It is true that we have attached people and incidents with songs without our own knowlege and it all comes back with the song .

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    1. Jab tak hai jaan is a brilliant melody with wonderful lyrics and so is Saans from the same movie.

      It all comes back for sure. Sigh.

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    2. Liked 'Saans' initially but the video of a barefooted Katrina Kaif running through the streets as if her house was on fire completely spoiled the mood of it :-/

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    3. Hahaha, its really the best to ignore videos I swear.

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  9. All your favorite songs are kinda sad ones. Why..?? I like most of the songs you mentioned, some I haven't listened to. I can bear a lil amount of crappy lyrics if the music is good. Orelse the music comes first for me. Most Enigma songs, Vivaldi's Four seasons, Ludovico Einaudi, Raaja's 'How to name it', all these still touch a chord somewhere, without any lyrics. And thumps up for, 'Dick (read Justin Bieber)'. :-) :D

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    1. Sad ones? Hmmm... maybe because they are most meaningful ones :)

      You can bear crappy lyrics? Phew, God bless you :P

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  10. "Main rang sharbaton ka" is like a miracle in 2013! Most movies have really disappointed us this year. But I don't mind item numbers. They really pep you up and you feel like dancing. That is always good, right?
    Also, when it comes to English music, you really need to be patient. Once in a while there comes a song that blows your mind away. Talent is just hard to find these days, but believe me, it is there!

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    1. Its sure was. Never expected such a melody from a movie like PPNH. Item numbers are good, lifts up our spirits instantly!

      Hahaha, I agree. Wonder what happens to the winners of all those musical reality shows. :/

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  11. I have listened to all the songs mentioned in these post and their my favorites too.. My favorite song is "saibo" from shor in the city. I have not seen the movie, but I love the song :) :). I like the lyrics of Katy Perry and Lady Gaga songs. Some are really good.. I like item songs too.. The ones mentioned above and "chamak challo", "lungi dance" too ;)..
    Nice post. :) :)

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  12. Umm Awarapan, Banjarapan, ek khala hai seene mein? :P

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    1. Kya khala bhai? :P

      Good choice though. MM Kreem is surely underrated.

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