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?