Writer on the road

Indie music, country music and the road! There are very few combinations such as this. It’s a symphony for the mind, and a pleasure to the senses. What’s going through my mind now? A southern stretch, a cigarette and my thoughts! Too typical you say? But well, the mind has sprung up such imagery, and it’s pleasing! So, I’m going to stick with it.  Maybe I should write something about the Writer on the road. And some Indie music should help! So, Alexi Murdoch comes on the Last Fm radio, as I write this. Was earlier listening to Full Grown Man by Phosphorescent before. Anyways, the idea of a Writer on the road sounds inviting. Maybe I should keep it in stanzas, or actually pen down a story of one of the places. Or, rather write his story. Like a song. Hmm…let me attempt this!

Writer on the road

Seeking inspiration from life, I left on a trip to explore

A life where the lifeless talk, drawing me near its shore

Figuring the meaning, sorrows and joys, and celebrations around

Lost in their oblivion, I am the writer, who gives their stories a bound

I am the writer on the road

The messenger from across, seeking a new abode

I visit the valleys, the villages and the wilderness that’s dying

People live lives that make the book, no crying, no prying

It’s here that private smiles are meant to be shared

Happiness is a disease, and no sad soul is spared

I am the writer on the road

The messenger from across, seeking a new abode

7 months away, I always found a home

But none that could keep me for long, none I could call my own

What I seek is not what I get, what I seek is the constant of change

And my life will move, just like the road, sometimes familiar, sometimes strange

I am the writer on the road

But right now, I’m in hibernation mode

Happy Helpers – The songs that kept me company

Full Grown Man by Phosphorescent

Blue Mind by Alexi Murdoch

Backstage with the Modern Dancers by Great Lake Swimmers

Broken Arrows by Jose Gonzalez

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The music sliced today, softly!

The musical vein is acting again. The blood flowing again. The melody tempting again. Under the spell of this magical creation, my fingers glide through the keyboard and this is what you get:

Eye in the sky – Alan Parsons Project

The sound engineer from Dark side of the moon arranges a sound for the soul. This has been an old favourite, must have heard this about a 100 times so far! The song has a mood of its own. For me, I always picture songs to be filmed in a particular way, and this is no exception. That heavy voice makes me put this song around dusk approaching twilight!  And the words, “I can read your mind” becomes a bell inside your head; long after the song is over! The song talks about an odd confidence, which boils over to almost being plausible as knowledge! I am the eye in the sky looking at you; I can read your mind. I am the maker of rules; dealing with fools…I can cheat you blind. Enough said!

Duniya – Piyush Mishra

This is one of the finest dark songs to come out from the Hindi music industry in the recent past! Piyush Mishra – The one-time life of theatre in Delhi smacks reality on your face with groundbreaking lyrics and his tantalizing hukka-laden voice! The voice portrays the satire that needs to be conveyed. And the high pitch tone drags you to feel the agony on that higher level! I personally prefer Sheher – another track from Gulal, but this comes a close second! His voice has this harsh truth that cries out to you! It shows undertones of the theatrical background, where you use a medium effectively to express your opinions. There are certain vibrations in his voice that depict age!

Badi Nazuk Hai – Jagjit Singh

Surprisingly this song gives me that comforting feeling at the end of the day, which is comparable to the millions of Ghazal lovers, who prefer this medium with some alcohol to brood. I’ll never choose alcohol for company with Ghazals, not my thing. And it’s not like I listen to the entire song, its just till I settle in the song and feel that ease and then I switch! It’s just that his voice goes down quite smoothly and occupies mind space!

Bombay theme – A R Rahman

The finest theme for a Hindi movie song till date! People may argue with Sholay being better, but then this is my choice. Rahman during that time was doing his best work with Roja and Bombay. We were never exposed to such soul-stirring sounds; this was when the stereotype of a normal melody was broken. Rahman had this interesting play with the flute and some soft sounds, which when echoed gave an ethereal feel to it. These days he uses a lot of saxophone, violin; jazz notes to be precise, but back then these soft instruments used to be his forte, even now if you hear them, you can identify a trademark Rahman song! This is one of my favourite 4 am blue-sky beach songs. You actually feel like the sea is talking to you.

Don’t think twice, it’s all right – Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan has its own sound! The master of the harmonica gives you the best mix of folk music, if I’m allowed to call it that. Many would say he is a great artist, I’d say he is one of the finest storytellers the music industry has seen. He can paint a picture within a space for 4-6 minutes! And within that tale, make you emote the way he wishes to. His voice is special, it sounds like someone just had a fag, grabbed a guitar and harmonica, gathered an audience and decided to sing a tale to them! Bob Dylan is referred to as God as many; I’d say he sounds more human after every listening!

Dreamgirl – DMB

Welcome the whiskey voiced boy known as Dave Matthews. Let me tell you something about the song writing and its implied beauty. You’d find the most erotic lyrics here, like some inner desire that’s present in all, but the sound coupled with his awesome voice makes it sound so beautiful, sensual and desirable! The song seems like a wave all the way. Imagine yourself just woken up, fresh enough and listening to this song. On select days, you will experience a moment like this and then this song will bring a natural, coy smile to your face! So is the effect of the Dave Matthews’ voice! Dream boy, dream about a Dreamgirl.

Even gods do – Thea Gilmore

New artist, new voice, new perspectives! Her voice is magical; one with a good ear won’t want this song to end. Why do the better musicians come from the United Kingdom? There might be many I’m not aware of, I’m just assuming based on my limited knowledge spectrum. I’d read somewhere that this song is a tribute to some book/fable, can’t recollect. There’s a rise, there’s a fall so say the lyrics and her pitch. I don’t even know if to term this as beautiful or sinful. Both are extremes. It actually is more like a pendulum swinging between the two. Hers is one voice where you want to go beyond her artist status and make her yours. You want to listen to her when you wake up, and before you turn in, right in front of you, in that torn shirt, comfy pajamas, unruly hair and dreamy eyes. It’s a selfish motive, but the voice quality is such!

Yumeji’s theme – In The Mood For Love

 

Poetry in motion!!! This is the only song, which expresses many emotions in one. Melancholy, comfort, passion, patience, impatience and many such! The visual imagery of In The Mood For Love runs through your head. And the violin kills your soul with every note, and infuses life at the very next. This duality tantalizes, tempts and also makes time stop and dictates its own pace! It’s a love song all right, but not for everyone! Yumeji’s theme is sheer musical brilliance in the context of the film and even as a stand-alone song! Bow down to the brilliance and it shall bless your ears.

Neutral Milk Hotel (King Of Carrot Flowers & In The Aeroplane Over The Sea)

King of carrot flowers – This is one of my current favourites. It gives such a pleasant feel; this is a live karaoke besides a white pond or something white. It’s that pure, surreal emotion! It’s a short song when it comes to duration that keeps you longing for more.

In the aeroplane over the sea, the second from the same band is my favourite, so much so, that it is my ring tone. There is this sound used in between which gives a breezy feel, and the song as predicted does gush you to the happy land, and then the saxophone comes and welcomes you further in. These are two special songs that remain very close to me at all times! My happy songs if I may call them that!

On that “happy” note, I take your leave!

Rhythmic hews of thoughts!

High hopes, the sound triggered me to write this.

Beyond the horizon…

After a stranger’s ponder, it registered that we need an inspiration to write. Maybe it didn’t quite register, was more like bells ringing inside, and that gong got the mind into its first gear, and the rustic thoughts decided to vocalize, and pleaded to be driven by words. And so here I am!

Every sound comes with an association, a visual representation as such. All germinating from images slapped on your memory plate time and again! What intrigues me is the choice the sub-conscious makes! There are many images that invite and preach, but the mind gives eyes only to a few! Selective attention may have a theory behind it as well, but then I don’t feel like giving heed to the hypothesis, however valid it may be! I like my illusion and my lucid definition of the same.

“Now we are free” by Hans Zimmer

Yes, I’m going to let music drive this post! Never intended it to, but then acting on whim here…

This music actually gives a sense of freedom. Note that I’ve said music and not song! The interpretation and acceptance of my own words come from a blend of illusion and social images bombarded towards me. There are certain sounds or cries if I may that evoke sympathetic love. The music makes you wanna close your eyes and levitate to breathe the air, give in to the atmosphere as such, while there is another part of me that makes me want to reach out to kids, reach out and hold them close, not necessarily help them, but to feel their agony. I associate galloping stallions with freedom for some reason, that visual representation trances wind with every step.

“Everybody hurts” REM.

I can rant here. Yes, I relate to the song in two ways. Yes, SONG. Lyric driven this stands. I do feel hurt and this song brings an acceptance. It also juxtaposes beautifully with Osho’s words of “this too shall pass.” The flipside here makes me want to make other’s listen to this song, for whatever pain I’ve inflicted on many. Even if I can’t, maybe the song can reach out to them and make them take it as an imperfection and not judge someone. And yes, I’m selective with the stanzas I like in this; I shun away from the not so good words and take the ones I like as a premise to build a cloud of my own with them!

“But it rained” by Parikrama

This sound attracted me to Indian Rock. The sound roots from here, while the thoughts expressed are more modern, more plausible atleast. But I’m more concerned with the sound. This is where rock married Indian music for me. The lead guitar still has its solo thrill, but then there is this sitar sorta sounding instrument that leads you into the guitars, which in one word sounds, beautiful. This is the beauty of music. It takes your pre-set notions, or pre-set images that have been set on your plate and turns them upside down and smacks a new blend of flavours that you associated elsewhere. This ‘jugalbandhi’ as I like to call it, (din wanna call it fusion) opens up new horizons, and yes, horizons, thereby leading you to imagine a new canvas altogether. It’s like being presented with brushes, urging you to create.

“I am I said” by Neil Diamond

This is a very ambitious sound. It does give you an embarking feel. And here its Neil’s deep vocals that drive you all the way. It doesn’t shout, negates the arrogance that usually rock shouts, its blues and it has this calm serene confidence. It’s more like an acceptance and looking forward, all with flaws as well, making it more human. It goes against the rock current, which boasts and shines in that glory, hence the voice pulls you and makes you wanna travel with it and perceive all that it wants to show.

“Everybody’s gotta learn sometime” by BECK

This is the soundtrack from Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind. This song does nothing but take me back to this beaut of a movie. There is the visual imagery coupled with the sound making this read like poetry in my mind. There are certain notes in this song that glide through your soul making the hypothetical eyes glint.

“Yellow ledbetter” by Pearl Jam

Pearl jam has its own sound, let me not reiterate its brilliance. But vedder’s voice cries to your soul, and you in return cry back by repeating his words in affirmation. His high notes drag you along to experience what lies there. And then there are these awesome leads as asked make you metaphorically cry. You see your mind going through a tumult when that guitar ‘cries’ to you!! Another masterpiece from the Alternative legends!

And yes, I would want to talk about High Hopes the song, sound of Floyd, but then it deserves an altogether new post.

“Feeling good” by Michael Buble

Jazz and its modern charmer – that’s Michael Buble for you. Wine voiced buble effortlessly tangles your senses and makes you wanna get up and sway to his voice and the Sax that plays in the background. He is one of the artists that I want to see perform at a Ball, not necessarily a concert. Buble, wine and your loved one make way for one of the most beautiful jived evenings you can ask for!

“Superman” by Five For Fighting

One of the finer written songs, Superman, for me is a perspective writing example fused with good piano, making this a song you fall in love with. It’s one of those songs that brings a smile to your face, and I personally love the line, “it’s not easy to be me”, it just adds a lot of layers to my vagabond mind.

John Mayer’s “Your body is a wonderland.” Not listening to the whole song, will skip this, but want to note that this boy has an awesome voice. He, along with Dave Matthews is the whiskey voiced boy.

“Society” by Eddie Vedder

Rooting from the woods of “Into the wild”, Eddie Vedder’s voice and this awesomely written song gives a more apologetic view of a society from a rebel’s perspective. “Society, you crazy breed, I hope you’re not angry if I disagreed, society, crazy indeed, I hope you’re not lonely without me”, these lines become the soul of the song. And the mild strumming makes it pleasant on the eardrums!

“ I find that I’m not there” by Porcupine Tree

Porcupine Tree has a sound that appeals to your soul, it’s more like the sound and soul converse to each other. The sound overpowers everything with this band. Steven Wilson’s band has shades of Floyd, thus giving you an underground, alternative psychedelic sound. Though I oppose the very definition of underground, the word and not the movement, mind you! It’s your alter ego’s dessert of sorts. It’s a plug that creates that diversion and acceleration of outbound thinking. The band has its moods and hence it settles well with you. This particular song has that illusionary feel, making you daydream and paint a metaphoric picture in your mind.

“Let the bells ring” by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

The scotch-laden voice of Nick Cave sticks true to its attribute of being smooth. And the sound is more like Blues-rock. This is not a song that you listen to at a bar; this is a song that you listen by yourself or your loved one in the quaint interiors with scotch tastefully and rightfully gracing the occasion. Actually all Nick Cave songs have this quality.

Enough for the time being!

My rant got a musical twang today. Wrote something after a long time, must have been a week or so!!
Raise your glasses to music, and it will clank back with ‘cheers’