Monday, May 18, 2009

Melodies of the past

Not much of a post here. Just happened to hum a tune while loitering about in the kitchen. It took me some time to figure out the song. It was a song I had first during school days and subsequently a lot during college days. The song Dildariya re by Bhoomi, triggered of a mad hunt for songs by Bhoomi, Parash Pathar, Chandrabindoo, Nachiketa, Anjan Dutta et al. on youtube. All bengali bands or singers, so in case one is not aware of them fret not!! :)

At this point I realised that, often without knowing we tend to associate certain music/songs/albums with different things, like schooldays, college, graduation, teenage, growing up, the first love, the first break up. E.g.

1. Where We Belong (Boyzone) - This album came out in 1998 and somehow quite a few of these songs remain with my till date. I went crazy over them. That was also the year I had my first serious teenage crush. And not to mention the stress level of impending O-levels in that academic year. Boyzone, helped me relax with songs like No Matter What, All That I Need, You Flew Away, Picture of You. And it was while singing along to them I realised, I could sing!! :D

2. Songs from the Guru Dutt classics - At a time when I was delving into idealism, forging my creative senses from colours to words, the songs (lyrics and music) helped develop the choice acutely, be it "Waqt ne kiya" or "Ya dil ki suno duniyan walo", "jaane woh kaise log the" or "yeh duniya". Classics all the way and still love listening to them when am thoughtful.

3. Euphoria and Nachiketa - while they had been around for years, with "Dhoom pichuk" being literally an anthem for youngsters from that time. They played a key part towards the end of school years when I was really digging into music. Did I follow the calling? Unfortunately not!!

4. Nothing Else Matters (Metallica) - I have never really been able to be a fan of an artist/band. For me its always been the song. Nothing else matters, a song which is perhaps the most soothing number that one would hear. And if you can strum the guitar, the opening sequence relaxes your mind like nothing else. and has till date remained a key destresser for me. I play the song, whenever I feel am getting bogged down. It also serves as a key to the memories I have of Sikkim. 4 years in that beautiful land, we studied, fought, played, basically grew up from boys to men, the wisps of cloud that rest on the river the early in the morning, the rain kissed trees glistening on a cloudy day. This song evokes strong, peaceful n cherished memories.

5. Bhoomi, Parashpathar, Fossils, Chandrabindoo - All bengali bands. I discovered them when I got around to college in Sikkim. As I got educated in that phenomena, I picked up their songs. And when like minded guys get together what you have night long soirees on rooftops a few guys, a couple of guitars and raw vocal power. It helped that everyone was talented enough to make it a wonderful show. Night after night, year after year.... Those were the best days of my life :)

6. Fear of the Dark (Iron Maiden), November Rain (GnR) - Somehow, it was with these songs that I got hooked to guitar. Another thing I picked up during engineering!! I love affair with guitar still continues, though I haven't managed to go past the basic. Self learning may not be the best way :P

Since then I have heard many genres, appreciated all types of music. Be it Ustad Amjad Ali Khan or Yanni, Rabindrasangeet or Abba, Beatles or Linkin Park, Karunesh or A.R.Rehman, R.D.Burman or current Bollywood music.... music has been a key a element while I grew up. It would always be. As long as I can sing and play a guitar, I know am not living without music. :)

What's your dig or influence??

18 comments:

ad libber said...

Ahh, the songs you mention, I probably began around Euphoria back in school. Or no, I think it was Abba way back when I was 5. I was so delighted to see dildoriya re. My first bhoomi song.

Btw, ya dil ki suno guru dutt movie noe, it was in anupama, directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Music was by Hemanta Mukhopadhyay.

ARUNA said...

hmmmmm Sumit looks like u r a good singer......do u perform on stage too???

Keshi said...

yep most of my fav songs hv an association with a memory :)

Keshi.

Arnab Majumdar said...

I'm a fan of the Bangla Bands too, Mohiner Ghoraguli being my personal favourite. Songs like Amaar Priya Cafe, Porashunar Jolanjoli, Moymonshing Geetika, Tomay Dilam, and of course, Prithibita Naki.

I forayed into the world of music in a big way back in 2001, with Metallica's Black Album. After that, I moved on to Maiden, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix... there are just too many to list down here! And, all along the way, the memories kept adding on, with every song. Linkin Park's Papercut reminds me of the last few days of school, Meteora reminds me of the four carefree months after school and before college, Floyd defined my college days... again, the list just goes on!

Wonderful post this one, had a great time reading it, and connecting with it too. Cheers...

Utopia said...

I have too many songs associated with life and times and people and places. I associate music to different periods of my life. If you have noticed most of the titles of my posts are lines taken from songs.

Okie so Backstreet Boys reminds of my schooldays. I didn't like Boyzone too much.

College was all rock starting from "Sweet Child of Mine" to Floyd's Coming Back To Life or Train's " Drops of Jupiter" or Pearl Jam's "Last Kiss" or " Stand By Me"
Then 3 Doors Down's music reminds of Chennai cos I spent some 6 months there.

Two years in Delhi was so much about the music, the partying and the drinking binges be it the punjabbi music which I so love right from Amrinder Gill's Dildarian or Rabbi's Dilli, " Bandeya Ho" and I also listened to some India Arie, Corinne Bailey Ray and a lot of rock and fell in love with System of the Down's "Chopsuey" and "Fear of the Dark" and even Poets of the Fall.

Now I am hooked on to Fray's " You Found Me" and I know this is so pop but I loved Taylor Swift's " Love Story" and Jason Mraz's " Best Friend".

ki said...

Wow. :)

That's some list. :)

Chronicwriter said...

beatles has always been an inspiration.. my music taste changed according to the group i moved out with...

now its gOSPEL rock and hawai music..

chriz

Aparna Kar said...

2, 3 and 4 are particularly appealing.
I was in IX when I first heard Dhoom, it caught my fancy coz my school crush was humming it in the college lab. The next day I bought the whole album !

Nothing Else Matters was actually a break up song for me. Lol. Looking back, I have loved a lot and lost a lot. And everytime there was a song that I felt told my story.

Jaadu hai Nasha hai was in the first year of my undergrad. Someone or the other kept playing it in the hostel. And that song still gives me the blind confidence of youth. Though supposed to be sensual, humming it makes me feel invincible. :D

I worship songs, not artists. But some artistic renditions can never be reproduced. Annie's Song by John Denver for example - will always be my perfect love song.

There are quite a few other numbers. Most recently, however, I have started enjoying chamber music a lot.

Aparna Kar said...

computer lab not college lab *

Little Girl Lost said...

dildariya is one of my favourite bhoomi songs. thanks sumit for bringing back so many forgotten melodies into my head...

ki said...

There's an award for you on Confessions of a Bonafide ADult. Do see :)

SAHITYIKA said...

hey..
thats right...
me too have so many songs.. whnevr i listen thm they remind some person, place or incident..
like u i cant sing or play guitar..
but still.. i love listening song.. whenever where ever possible.. :)

pseudo intellectual said...

hey. our musical tastes are really similar! and i don't care if boyzone is uncool now,i still like'em :)
i wish euphoria was still making music.they were brilliant.

Keshi said...

where r ya?

Keshi.

loony girl said...

eeee!! i have been on old songs trip too!!! ki cool!!!! <3

Serendipity said...

Floyd!! :)

Sumit said...

My sincere apologies for not being nice and replying to your comments. I hope everyone has been doing good.
No excuses for my absence, one is free to interpret. :)

D_Observer said...

Metallica and Linkin Park for me!