Friday, October 07, 2005

Stirring the Depths to Rise

Music......if there was ever anything that man would be poorer without, regardless of tastes, choices, attitudes and preferences, this is it......music......the only thing I know which can move anyone to any emotion......regardless of colour, race, religion etc etc.......regardless of language and regardless - on occasion - of even the words......the magic is palpable......and yet, one can't pinpoint what it is down to....

There is a wide variety of songs that comprise my nearly 60 Gig collection on campus.....the songs cover a variety of genres, right from Ghulam Ali ghazals to death metal, black metal, soft songs like Suzanna, psychedelia and also the regular thrash metal and hard rock bands that made themselves an indelible part of music culture......and in between them is the sublime magic woven by geniuses like Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and company....the magic is endless.....

Sitting as I did today, reclining on my non-recline-able chair in class, there was a scene that played in my mind....it's a scene from The Shawshank Redemption. The scene when Andy talks about how no one can take music out of you, because it plays in the mind......and that is so very true.....you don't need to be listening to a song on a player or on radio or anything to be enjoying its beauty.....you just need to close your eyes and allow yourself to be transported into the blissful land that the tune leads you into.....

Also listened to this track called Ode to Joy when I returned to my room. That track reminds me of Dead Poets Society somehow. There is something in that track which moves the very soul. There are of course, several other songs as well, that have that effect on me. For some reason, Goodbye Blue Sky always makes me go totally numb and almost has my eyes welling up. There are other songs as well that evoke different feelings....

Music has something for everyone, in every state of mind. Anger, joy, pain, sorrow.....they're all captured so well. I can't understand people who say that they don't listen to music. I do not say they are lesser people. I would just say that they are missing one of the most beautiful parts of life......often people ask me what I think of when I sit alone.....the fact is, I am never alone. If not my thoughts, I have the music in my head that keeps me company.....and truly, in the words of Andy, nobody can take that away from me.....nobody.....

There are people who like to classify music and decide what is "cool" music. That is another thing I can't understand.....after all, how can music be classified on those lines? I find Indian classical to be awesome in the talent and the sublime dedication, nay, devotion, of the artists.....they transport you to a different plane.....the same holds true for Western classical.....and for genres like rock, metal......etc etc.....the only 'music' I can't identify with is the stuff I see as contrived.....like the stuff I mentioned on the last post......and the reasons are simple for me....

Why is it that some music lasts for centuries and has the same enduring appeal while other forms die within months or a few years at most? Why are Take That a group that belong in history's dust-bin while Bach is still revered? Why does no one even remember All 4 One while no one will ever forget Mozart? Why does no one - barring the inevitable exceptions - remember the Hindi songs of the 1980s while everyone can recall Mohd Rafi's 1960s classics?

I guess it's because of the very nature of music..... Music is a form of expression. It can express emotions that words fall way short of being able to say..... that is why an instrumental track like The Loner will give you a shiver down the spine that no words can bring about......and when you contrive to create that emotion, without really feeling it yourself, you will inevitably fall short. It is like an actor who mouths his lines without feeling the emotions that the character he is playing, is going through. The words and tone may be right......but the emotion is missing.

It manifests itself too. Why is it that the most beautiful tunes are often not that difficult to play....but impossible to replicate? Simple....the artist doing the cover just doesn't have that emotion...and it shows in the music....

And yet, why try to analyse it? Let it play....and when the music's over.....turn off the lights.....or rather, turn them off anyway......and take me to the place I love......take me all the way.....

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

well true with music ..it has the capability of touching the chords of the haert where een u urself sometimes fail to reach ..quite a powerful medium:)

neeta said...

Under the Bridge, right? I like the song.

Music. The one thing I've always been thankful for. And yeah, you are never lonely if you have music for a friend. Even I feel I can connect to any music as long there is emotion there. And Rhythm mesmerizes me. I don't know what I would do without music. Existence would be rather dull, don't you think?

Jonas said...

nice post...subject close to my heart :-)

"..There are people who like to classify music and decide what is "cool" music. That is another thing I can't understand...."

hmm..but dont you find certain kinds of music instinctively more appealing to you than others?...It could be due to a variety of factors.I guess thats where the 'classification' comes in. For eg., check out what music appeals to me here :-)
http://freewheelingaway.blogspot.com/

And how about a post on heavy metal? Would love to get a rational explanation for why they are, to many ppl, the 'Gods of music' :|

And 'Suzanna', you mean Leonard Cohen? Suzanne??

Darth Midnightmare said...

Jonas: Yes, there are certain genres that appeal to me more than the rest. However, that does not make them "cooler" than the rest, does it? Do I define cool? What is cool? And how does music become "cool"? I may honestly believe that the kind of music someone listens to is trash and that person may hold the same view about what I listen to. So, then, what is cool and what is not? By the way, this argument by no means goes against my right to trash it-band crap and mush....

As for a post on metal, yes, I will probably make it some time.....

Reshmi Ann Thomas said...
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Reshmi Ann Thomas said...

Good bye Blue Sky ! .. :-) That does ring some good vibes in me. The best part ofcourse is their lyrics dotted with innuendoes .
About 'Take That' , i suppose if Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams had stayed on together ... would have made a good band. ( to be remembered through ) .. but then again ... all music has its followings ... Music has its own life cycle too .. you cant expect Mozart to stay on for ever !! or ...will it ? or even if Beethoven is passe today .. he will be Bach ( pun intended :-) )

Resh

Darth Midnightmare said...

@Resh: Yes, I love Pink Floyd lyrics. I'd say that the lyrics written by Waters are among the best I have ever read. The imagery and the vividness of the words is almost unrivalled as is the abstractness. Somehow, they stir the depths in a person... Most people would never know the true meaning of a Floyd song... and that is exactly the way Waters wanted it... Damn, I could go on forever about this and then Syd's part etc etc... Instead will just stop here and post on this sometime...

As for cycles, the point I was making was that Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky etc are immortal. Whether in vogue or not, their music will never die. Perhaps it will live in cycles as you say, but it will live. Will Take That ever even return for a millisecond of a cycle?

@Jonas: Just noticed your query regarding Suzanna. No, the song I am talking about is Suzanna by The Art Company...