Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Music on my mind

            What do I know of music? I thought to myself when I read the topic. Of all the extra curricular things I was part of, music was never one! We had music period in primary school. Even though the music teacher always applauded my extra ordinary memory of lyrics and pronunciation of Marathi, she never did the same for my singing. I knew it then that I was not gifted with the voice I so wanted and I had no sense of sur and raag either!

            I grew up in a place where every morning I woke up to the loud filmy music played by young boys trying to woo the girl they had a crush on. Chehra hai ya chand khila hai, Bahut pyar karte hai tumko sanam were the favourites that I picked up from there.
            The first rains saw everyone coming out to get drenched and singing "Dhagala laagli kala" and "Ab ke saawan aise barse"
            Festivals were about collectively singing the Ganpati songs and 9 days of all night garba dance.

            14 years of my life I was completely isolated from English music. The only songs that I listened to where those that my school friends suggested. Sometimes they had to force me to listen, a habit that a few of them still have!

           From my early years, I have been more of a fan of lyrics. If the lyrics touch my heart, the song will remain with me. It is for this reason that I m a formidable competition in Antakshari. I remember all lyrics very well.. Being fond of dancing, music has been an essential part of my life. When I started training in classical dance, I realized how intricately a song is made. So many beats and little transitions that make a song so beautiful! It also started a new liking and appreciation for peppy beats and soon music became a stress buster for me.

          Music also has a vital role in memory building. It soothes the mind and makes it capable of retaining more information. That is the reason why we remember nursery rhymes so well!
         I used to listen to music every night before going to bed when I was in 10th grade. On some nights I tuned into radio and did my maths!
         I make some weird connection between a song and some disease state to remember my answers now :P
                                                       
         After I joined degree college, music became a routine. I catch 4 buses everyday and the bus ride time is dedicated to music.
                                                    
        My play list must haves are
       
        Pal Pal Pal Har Pal
        Naina Thag Lenge
        O saathi re from Omkara
        Ye hasi waadiya from Roja
        Lo shuru ab
     
        These are some of the songs that I listen to when it is cold outside and I have melted into the arms of my blanket.

       Monsoon favourites!
   Zara zara behekta hai
   Piya basanti re
   Ab ke saawan

      When I need energy to keep going !
       Chak de
     
      Some songs are such beautiful inspirations for my write up. I have written stories based on some lyrics..

      Of late there is a new variety of song that seems to get stuck on your mind with meaningless lyrics. These songs will stay for sometime but while they do, you keep repeating the same lines like crazy. Happens so many times with me these days!

     Gandi baat is top most on the list.
     Saadi ke fall sa
     Tera pyar hookah bar
     Pyar ki pungi baja ke

     The list is long and I breathe easy when there is a "Sawaar loon" or "Lahoo muh lag gaya" in midst of this chaos and ofcourse a good energetic, dance song like "Nagada"
   
     Hoping that the future sees less of Blue eyes songs and more of Piya re songs..

        I am taking part in The Write Tribe Festival of Words 8th - 14th December 2013. Today's prompt is music. 



           

20 comments:

iwrotethose said...

I love your playlist :) Piya basanti re is amazing, especially when it's raining!

maithili said...

I m in love with that video (although I wouldn't want a guy like that) and whenever its raining I play that song and imagine my life to be like that beautiful scenery :)

Roshan Radhakrishnan said...

Wow... i forgot about that Shabd song entirely :)
And love ya for adding Piya Basanti re !! It was such an awesome fav back then and I forgot all about it over the years till I saw it today here.
I'm honestly not a big fan of most of the songs that come out now... maybe a sign of aging but they just dont have lasting power... or a real melody frankly!

maithili said...

Shabd song has very personal memories for me :)
Piya Basanti re never ceases to amaze me with its beauty. From music to lyrics and of course the beautiful picturisation! I don't like most of the songs that come out these days but they somehow stick in my head on loop !

Kalpana Solsi said...

Ab ke saawan , love this song.
When we were kids my music teacher taught us many marathi songs like Chandoba chandoba bhaglas ka? , mama chya gavi jaavu ya, Sukh karta Dukh harta and the recent Kombadi song. I know marathi songs but cannot sing in my mother-tongue.

Natasha Borah Khan said...

true..lyrics are the soul of any song..and it seems you and me has similar taste of music :)

Rajlakshmi said...

you got a lovely playlist ... I used to listen to radio all the time while travelling in office bus :D

vishalbheeroo said...

Me too love Gandi Baat. Such a feel good post and can imagine the whole sequence playing in front of me.

the little princess said...

I like "piya basanti" too...but my pick is mostly the golden oldies.....u know, the kishore kumar types..romantic ones? :) :)

Anita Jeyan Sandeep said...

Ab ke saawan ! Just the mention of it brought back memories ! Who wouldnt want to dance to it during the monsoons !

Sheethal Susan Jacob said...

Loved your list... those are my favs too :)

maithili said...

I grew up in a Marathi neighborhood and most of the songs taught in school were in marathi .. Marathi songs have a lot of depth in them :)

maithili said...

That is just great :)

maithili said...

Thank you so much :)

maithili said...

Thank you Vishal :)

maithili said...

I listen to a lot of songs from that age..Wonderfully soothing when they play it on radio during the late hours :) Hume tumse pyar kitna is my favourite :)

maithili said...

Truly energetic and happy song :)

maithili said...

Thank you Sheethal : )

Richa Singh said...

Confession time blue eyes I love *hides face* but yes rest are bad. And college bus journeys are synonymous with music especially because I get motion sickness while reading :)

Richa

Sreeja Praveen said...

Nice list ... how about Rimjhim gire sawan :) So many songs to cherish and listen to all over again !!