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Friday, December 05, 2008

A Musical Journey - Songs and Reminiscence

It was around 11 last night when I was rolling around 360 degrees on my bed, just not able to get that one thing I wanted – SLEEP. Yet another Sleepless in Chennai was in the making until I hit upon the idea of doing something I’m always fascinated about – Listening to Music. As I delved into the musical notes of the songs and with the moon alone looking at me, I embarked on a virtual sojourn of various phases of my past. Each song played, had something attached to my past and apart from supplanting a sleep tonic, it also made me feel light-hearted and pleasant. Here I go...… 

Song: Na Jaa Ne Mere 
Film: Dilwale Dulhaniye Le Jayange (1995)

I was reminded of those sunny evenings when I walked my way back home from school singing this song like no one is watching. I seemed totally lost in my own world with Simran (Kajol’s screen name) and if I’m right, I was in my 5th standard when that film happened. On retrospection, I feel there’s no particular age to feel Love. Love takes many forms with varying intensities and this was one, experienced by an 8 year old. I equated my walk to Shahrukh's drive from airport (in that song). This is one of my most favorite videos and I wish I could drive on the roads of Europe one day ( not alone, but with my girl beside) :)

Song: Poovinai
Film: Ananda Thaandavam (Audio released last month)

This is one of the finest Tamil melodies composed in recent times. This melody is special in a way, it has Shreya Ghoshal's midas touch and no wonder; this happens to be the most played track in my mp3 player. When I listened to this track last night, I was reminded of the morning of my Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) exam last week. This was the most stupid paper I studied this semester. It was too dry and I couldn’t get into my head, certain topics. And that morning, as I was trying to learn by rote, the learning just didn’t happen and I ended up with fury all over my face. Just then, I realized Shreya’s intimidating musical power. I listened to this song and related those from the text to my favorite lines of hers. I learnt those tough sentences when Shreya made her presence in that song on Srinivas' exit.. It sounded disgusting to relate those boring chapters to this mellifluous rendition but I had to compromise for a few more marks in the exam. Things got better, and so did the exam. It was much better than what I had expected

Song: Tum Se Hi
Film: Jab we Met (2007)

This is that song which made me take notice of Mohit Chauhan’s fineness in rendering a song and this track won over me for its composition and picturization.. The song video depicts with excellence, the impact of a woman’s absence in a man’s life. When someone whom you like so much, parts ways, you see her everywhere. And when I watched it, I imagined myself in the shoes of Shahid and wondered how I would react to such situations. Mohit’s rendition was an icing on the cake and the pain in Shahid’s heart reflected on Mohit’s vocal chords.

Song: Netru Illaadha Maatram
Film: Pudhiya Mugam (1994)

I would rate it as one of Rahman’s finest Tamil compositions. When I heard this song, I was reminded of the 1996 Cricket WC semi-finals between India and Sri Lanka. It was 3 in the evening on a sunny March day in 1996 when my aunt had come to pick me from school. As I rushed out of the school gates, the first thing I asked her was, ‘What is the score?’ and she said ’Sri Lanka 15/3 in 5 overs. Jayasuriya, Gunawardena and Kaluwitharana out’. I sat on the two-wheeler with gusto. My aunt is a decent singer and she sang this song on our way home. That was the first time I heard this song and the joy in the song (of a female who has just fallen in love) synced just perfectly with my joy at hearing the score.

Song: Main Koi Aisa
Film: Yes Boss (1997)

It was a sunny afternoon in the summer of 2000 and I was looking at my cousin standing in-front of the mirror, admiring his own beauty, combing his air, lifting that front part of his hair, whistling and what not??? He was on his way to a movie with his friends. He had just finished his 12th exams and I was in his house, with my 7th standard science text book. As my cousin was in the process of self-beautification, the song 'Main Koi' was being played on the music system. I wondered if I could ever freak out with my friends. Just imagine the situation!!!! He's getting ready for a first show with his friends and I was sitting with my science text, uninterested. A poor kid, I was. And this yearn I once had,  tags along with the song, everytime I listen to it.

Though there are more songs that could be added to the above list, I’ve mentioned only a few here just to ensure, my space stays with me. For a Music addict, it’s always a nice feeling to listen to his favorite songs and with memories attached to them, both the song and the memory seem 'Made For Each Other' with past incidents getting entrenched in the musical notes of the songs.

I'm a person who:

~ Can Never Forget His Past
~ Is Always Living With Memories

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26 comments:

Tara said...

Nice choice of songs! Hmm...for a music lover, every song has a memory attached really! For me, of the many memories, I think I would pick Allah ke Bande, when the song released school wasn't going all that great. And when I just put on the radio once, I heard this song and what an impact it left! Even now when I hear it, I get goosebumps! A beautiful composition! :)

Usha Pisharody said...

Nice selection of songs.. :)

And you're right about music making studies happen right.. lol.. have personal experience of the same.. :)

Shruti said...

Sweet songs..I love the yes Boss track a lot.
Music is a lot of fun...I listen to it all the time...even when I'm in class...
u kinda get addicted to it, isn't it??
nice post..
and nicer to see you back here...missed your interesting posts
:)

Rajesh said...

@Tara
Oh!!! Thats nice...everybody seems to have something or the other right??

@Usha
Oh!!! U too eh??? Great great...

Rajesh said...

@Shrut
Main koi is too good a track...the video too s good..Cute SRK...u listen in class??? good...just like me...yup...we get addicted...u r right...

Thanks...I'll try my best to post more interesting posts in future..

Fantasies of a Lifetime said...

Nice songs , I love netri illadha maatram :-) its a lovely melody ,

And its quite cool , relating songs to a few instances in life . .

Ramya said...

Music can move rocks, its beautiful how it can make you laugh, cry, reminiscence and let you experience something different everytime! I wonder how I would survive without music, it plays 24x7 in my house! :)

Great to see you here da! Blogrolling you! :)

Cheers!
Fellow E3ite :P

Rajesh said...

@Ramya
Oh!!! U??? Surprise and unexpected to be honest..ve been in blogosphere for quite a while...

Blogrolling U too :)

Keep coming...

Rajesh said...

@Fantasies
Yeah...it is....those memories jus come without u forcing urself...thats the POWER of MUSIC :)

mona said...

Hmm... very true... i suppose everyone has a list of songs which makes them nostalgic... and no matter how many times you listen to them you never tend to get bored... there's a lovely correlation between the songs and your thought process...just shows how deep you go into the lyrics and how much you enjoy music... as always an enjoyable read... cheers!!!! keep writing...

Ani said...

oh my god oh my god..

those we are all my fav songs that u listed.. well except for Poovinai.. because i haven't still gotten around to hearing it..
but am sure if i did.. will definitly be another fav..

it soo cool.. yaaayy..

anyways.. do check out my blog..something waiting for you :)

Divya said...

i'm a music freak too.. although my taste in genres is different

Heart'n'Soul said...

i love all the three hindi songs u have mentioned... some awesome old memories haan!!! SIGH!!!

(¯`•._.•[Raaji]•._.•´¯) said...

I did a similar post once upon a time... songs bring back so many memories :-)
Cool.

Still thinking said...

I totally agree. Some songs just relate to a special memory in your life and that continues no matter how old you become.

You were in 5th std when DDLJ released? As for me I was in a theatre watching it with someone special and no I definitely wasn't in 5th grade :D

Nice post dear.

Rajesh said...

@Ani
Thanks 4 ur awards....feels good...listen to Poovinai..its too too good...

@Divya
anyway nice 2 meet another music freak...

Rajesh said...

@Raaji..
Oh!!! Would love to read it...lemme chexck out

@Still Thinking
Nice 2 have u back here...someone spl is it??? Nice nice...a perfect movie to watch with a SPECIAL person...

Preetilata【ツ】 said...

yes life is so boring without music. i love listening to songs. they bring back so many memories...they speak a thousand words dat we could not.. they make us feel better..they make us cry.

nice choice of music i must say. though i can't say anything abut the tamil ones but d hindi ones are among my favorites:)

nikkita said...

wow! gr8 choice of songs...

and tum se hi...ohhh!!! i just luuuurrrvvve that song and the picturisation...it makes me come alive weneva i hera it.... i just love it...

gud ur back..see my blog
cheerz!

nikkita said...

aargggghhh!!! a typo...its hear and not hera....cnt even get a thing rite..useless meeh!! =(

nivedithasperceptions said...

Super songs, probably some you can never forget! I love the Rahman picks and Yes Boss and DDLJ! It somehow reminds you of all the happy things! :)

ANWESA said...

i'm too a music-lover n i luv so many songs.i liked ur post coz it was refreshing n nostalgic(well,i dont understand south indian languages,so i'm talking of hindi songs).let ur luv 4 music grow xponentially...

Rajesh said...

@Preetilatha
Yeah...they really make us feel good...do listen to the tamil ones too...m sure u ll like it after a while

@Nikitha
Yeah...nice 2 c u back here....Tum Se Hi is juss wow!!! I agree...truly a lively number as u said

Rajesh said...

@Niveditha
Yeah...it does remind u of happy things....Yes Boss is too good esp the video... :)

@Anwesa
Nice 2 have u back here.....thanks 4 calling it 'Refreshing and Nostalgic'... something that always makes u Feel-Good...

Matangi Mawley said...

gr8 collection.. i ve not listened to the song from aanantha thaandavam.. will do tht right away..

Rajesh said...

@Mathangi
Good...do that right away n tel me how that song is...