There are some evenings which are flamboyant and give you the peak of luxury. And there are others which exhibit such simplicity and tend to remind one of the saying that its simple things in life which bring you joy. Last evening was probably one of the best I’ve had in the recent times.
A friend had invited us over to view his magnificent screen at his place which had sound effects similar to that of a multiplex screening. Added to which his passion for music of all genres propelled him to exhibit his huge collection of Bollywood numbers over the years. Right from the 60s to the recent fast tracks, the musical trip indeed made us walk down memory lane. Playing some of the old songs led to a discussion of how music kept changing and reinventing itself every 10 years. The nuances of the yesteryears actresses’ beauty, grace and poise were greatly admired, not to mention the soulful tracks that evoked feelings of nostalgia. It sort of reminded me of going through old photos and reliving our days of innocence.
As we returned home in the darkness of the maximum city, I tuned on to the fm radio watching a few cabs whizz by on the way home. I couldn’t help but think that how listening to music proves to be one of the most soul satisfying moments. We all find a need to get away from our regular routines or the boredom syndrome. A flight from reality as Freud terms it or a sort of wishful thinking to get into a different world temporarily. However not at the cost of not wanting to get back to the real world. As this cerebration continued, I thought about some songs which I never get tired of listening to. As I make a list of it below, I cite reasons as to how each one is special in its own way. I love Bollywood, House, Trance, selective rock and pop/Hip Hop.
Starting from good old Bollywood:
Pyar kiya to darna kya-Mughal E azam: Madhubala was an eternal beauty and this song when viewed in colour mode brings out the golden era of the Mughal period. I always get goose bumps when I listen to this song, as it is embodiment of love, passion and yet with a lot of innocence attached to it.
O mere dil ke chain-Mere Jeevan Saathi- Heard this song innumerable times and saw this for the first time yesterday. Pancham was a thorough genius and his songs truly are soul stirring.
Inteha ho gayi Intezaar ki-Sharaabi: Amitabh was a legend in his times. This is one song which needs to be listened to with lights off and in a loud volume. The lyrics are phenomenal. It makes you relate to the song completely as one is always waiting for something or someone in life.
Songs of Qayamat se Qayamat tak: Each and every song is so melodious that it’s hard to pick a favourite. Hats off to Anand Milind for this.
Pehla Nasha-Jo Jeeta wohi sikhandar-Beautiful lyrics again accompanied with beautiful locales. Reminds me of those carefree days of my childhood.
Churake Dil mera-Main Khiladi tu anari: Akshay is one of my favourite actors plus this song is indeed mind blowing with great beats and a haunting melody.
Tu cheez badi hi mast mast-Mohra: This movie became a hit mainly for this song. A catchy number which stays with you. I can never ever get tired of listening to this song. Amazing choreography for those days.
Songs of DDLJ: Again catchy tunes plus the movie features in my favourites list as well. Not to forget the plush locales of the snow capped Alps.
Deewana-Kabhi haan kabhi naa- This song depicts a boy waiting for his lady love as he composes this song. Amazing number with beautiful lyrics and again a song I can completely relate to.
Songs of Gupt: Haunting and innovative, Viju Shah truly did a good job.
Woh Lamhe-Zeher: One of my favourite rain songs.
Bandiya-Khuda ke liye:The first Pakistani release and this song has an interesting blend of rock and sufi to it.
Maa da ladla and Shut up and bounce-Dostana: Peppy tracks which lift my spirits up immediately.
Part time lover-Stevie Wonder: Would have listened to this track so many times that my CD is bound to have scratches on it. Amazing number and I always felt people with some sort of disability have a wonderful talent to compensate for which makes millions swoon over their gift.
Boney-M and Abba: Grew up listening to these albums. Love their tracks and brings back fond memories.
Money for nothing-Dire Straits: Love the guitar twang and the words of the song. The video is great as well.
Nothing else matters-Metallica: Am not usually a rock or a heavy metal fan. But selective numbers seem to stay with me. And in that case, well nothing else matters.
Baya Baya-Safri Duo: Amazing how drums can create magic. Listen to this track and you’ll know what I mean. Especially when they are ‘played alive’.
Right Round-Flo Rida: Reminds me of the film ‘The Hangover’ and boy this one is pretty addictive. Couldn’t stop listening to it and drove my husband completely bonkers.
House Music: Got into the groove of House music when I was in Goa for Christmas and New Year last couple of years. A complete festive mode and keeps your foot tapping all the way.
Trance: Love this when I’m working out in the gym. It gives me an extra boost of energy and motivation to run faster on the treadmill.
It’s amazing how music can work wonders in several ways and evoke varied emotions. It’s one trip which is worth it even if it means swaying away from reality at times. After all it’s a mad mad world out there like the Cheshire cat put’s it!!