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I must confess, things turned mundane as soon as I settled into a job and now it has been around a year since have been working in this company (I don’t find it good to post facebook statuses about it). Past year has been thick and thin, more thin than thick actually but music and books are the only loyal friends I’ve had during these times.
“Without music, life would be a mistake” ~ Nietzsche
So, I’ve been exploring a great deal of western music during the last one year, most of which is from 60’s and 70’s. It brings with it the forgetfulness of the world and sorrows because the only thing music can bring about is happiness. These days, anything musical instantly grabs my attention. I should mention the flutists (flute players) at one of the local railway stations here which cause a massive obstruction everyday because they play it so well that I am forced to sit there for 10-15 minutes to just listen to them, and I don’t believe that anyone would ever mind arriving a little late in the office if he gets to hear that kind of music everyday. So beautiful and pleasing to the ears it is that it easily makes you forget the massive crowd surrounding the railway station and you get the feeling that no one on this planet exists between that flutist and yourself.
Besides, I think most of the modern music these days is absolute trash, of course there are a few exceptions but still my opinion applies to the majority. I saw this joke about this modern fascination “Pitbull”, the joke says that the only thing good about his music is that he mentions his name at the start of every song so that people can turn off the radio, the guy who made this joke deserves a medal. I’ve always believed in seeing things in black and white i.e. right and wrong and I feel that it is very important for people to hear truthful music rather than listening to the kind of music in which they bang all the utensils in the kitchen together, lyrics which depict realities of life, which one can easily relate to himself. One of Bob Dylan’s song “Mr. Tambourine Man” has the end lyrics as –
“Then take me disappearing through the smoke rings of my mind
Down the foggy ruins of time, far past the frozen leaves
The haunted, frightened trees, out to the windy beach
Far from the twisted reach of crazy sorrow
Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free
Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands
With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves
Let me forget about today until tomorrow.”
This creates a beautiful image in the head every time you listen to it and I suggest that one should listen to this song by concentrating entirely on the lyrics. It is definitely one of the greatest songs ever written.
Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Simon and Garfunkel, The Who, Radiohead, Coldplay, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Neil Young, Mumford and Sons are some of the music artists that I’m into and I love their songs.
I’m sure most of you might not have heard about “Sixto Rodriguez” before the documentary “Searching for sugar man” (Neither did I). It was rather unbelievable that an individual with that amount of talent was sidelined for so many years. Due to this growing fascination towards music I’m even thinking buying an iPod touch soon. :)
So, I just wanna leave you guys with a few songs that I keep humming throughout the day, I hope you guys keenly follow my suggestions.
Clint Eastwood as “the man with no name” in Sergio Leone’s ” The Dollar’s Trilogy”