On music

There are two means of refuge from the misery of life—music and cats.

I think it was Albert Schweitzer who gave that quote, and it spoke to me the first time I read it in some magazine. I was not sure about cats when I read it, but I could vouch for the music part without hesitating. Cats were ok,cuddly looking but having rather selfish gleams to their eyes, not exuding the kind of infectious friendliness that dogs generally do. A week later, I discovered lolcats.


The next day, I began exploring the works of the great Albert Schweitzer.


His views on philosophy and anti colonialism are revolution for his day and his "Problem of Peace" lecture was absolutely genius.

But enough about that. I'm straying away from the main point, which is of course about the immense revitalizing potential of all kinds of music.
Honestly, I think you don't need me to tell you that. It's quite obvious actually. You've just had a bit of a tiff with someone, you recline down onto an easy chair and turn up the volume to some music from your mp3 player/computer/car radio. In a few minutes, the head-shaking and foot-tapping takes over, the initial sting is no longer felt.

I believe there are different songs for different moods. Not only that, it's that you can experience a specific kind of music in the best way possible only in a specific kind of mood. Spirits need not be elevated or exultant, it can be pensive or even depressed (anger I think does not work with music - rebellion yes, but not rage. It clouds the senses). In other moods it feels different, not having the same perfect (or rather desired) effect on you. You'll might agree that it's rather simple and straightforward if you think about it.

Personally, since I am blessed with erratic and unseasonable mood swings, I feel I can enjoy most kinds of music.
There's one quirky little hindi song that's come out recently. Its not just the song that's great, its that it's a visual treat :



There's another very good song, with the genre being "sufi-ish" this time. It's a beautiful song, a stunning interpretation of overwhelming infatuation, sung by Roop Kumar Rathod, one of the best singers in India, i think. It gives me a transient surge of a feeling somewhat like being madly in love. That makes me want to listen to it over and over again.



One other great song which I've become quite fond of recently is 'You raise me up' by Josh Groban, a cover of the original song of the same name by Secret Garden. Incidentally, though not surprisingly, the song has over 125 covers, thanks mainly to its timeless lyrics. It's very inspirational and emphasises on the value of human bonds.here, its got the lyrics too :



Here are a few more variations of this same song, the first performed on a musical saw. It is worth your while, really awesome.

This second is a Spanish opera version by Paul Potts, the winner of the first 'Britain's got Talent', called 'Por ti Sere'. Catchy.

Well, I'll end with a book suggestion, "This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession" by Daniel Levitin. I must confess, that I haven't read it myself even though I had it issued for three weeks from the library (I wish I had, now). My bro read some of it, and I think his recommendation would suffice to make it a good read.

Well, see ya.

13 comments:

Espèra said...

I liked the second song.
;]

I have phases associated with music. I had an Eminem phase, a Linkin Park phase and well, you get the drift.
So sometimes, when I go back to listening to the old songs, old, forgotten memories come back.
There was an Avril Lavigne and Punk Rock phase. During that phase, I was seriously addicted to Diablo II.
Even now if I'm listening to some of those songs, I'll get this panicky kind of feeling like something isn't quite right.

Then, there is the associating people with songs, of course.

Espèra said...

Oooh.
I've heard the third song somewhere.
I think Westlife did a cover of this.
Hm.

Quicksilver said...

Yup, I remember my music phases - I think it started right with the Backstreet boys, then Enrique Iglesias phase, the A R Rahman phase, the gorrilaz phase, switchfoot phase, Arctic monkeys thing. Oh hell. It was all so good.

Associating people with songs? That's something I haven't heard before. Care to give an example ?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_Raise_Me_Up#Westlife_Version

They did, and its better known than the original.

PS - Diablo was awesome, played with Necromancer..when I realised that defeating Baal was impossible, I conveniently deleted the game.

Espèra said...

Well ... my friend says How To Save A Life reminds her of me because I was absolutely crazy about it once upon a time and would always be singing it.
Then, Soulja Boy will always remind me of this other friend because she introduced me to that.

Associating events with songs too, is rather common.

Um, I've heard exactly 4 songs by Westlife and exactly 3 of them aren't theirs originally: Uptown Girl (Billy Joel), this one, Goodbye Mrs. Robinson (er, Bob Dylan?)
The fourth one ... I don't remember, but it has the word Love in the name. Er, One Love? Naah, Blue. This Love? Naah, Rob Thomas. Dunno.

Espèra said...

I had a Fall Out Boy phase.
Love their song names: Our lawyer Made Us Change The Name of This Song so That We Won't Get Sued. And, Champagne For My Real Friends And Real Pain For My Sham Friends.

Manmeet Singh said...

hey hi.I've just felt a rumour these days that the IT symposium of your school is gonna be happening in any of these days?
can you just tell me when is it??

maybe, i can get my school registered and can try to come to take part.

please let me know as soon as possible.

Quicksilver said...

Espera -

My love.

Is that what you meant ?

Manmeet -

Anirudh's your man for this sorta stuff

Kriti said...

Dear students,

Congratulations on being selected as a finalist for the Spelling Bee! You should be very proud of your accomplishments.

We hope to see all of you on Thursday, Nov. 20 at the American Center for the final round. We have sent a letter of invitation to your school principals. We hope you will also be joined by your teacher(s). Friends are also welcome to come and cheer you on.

We’ll start the program at 10:30 a.m. with an introduction to the American Center and the American Library, before starting the final round. Lunch will be served at the conclusion of the competition.

As with the written round, all words will be drawn from the spelling booklets we distributed earlier this year.

Our program manager will be contacting your schools to confirm your participation. Please don’t hesitate to call (9810824442) or email (wadhwai@state.gov) us with any questions.

See you next Thursday!

Sincerely,

Anne Seshadri

juz got this mail.. all the best once again!

Anirudh Garg said...

ummm....kriti u got dis mail?? u selected too?

Mystique said...

yeah, i have that too...
i associate people with songs....
like, Pink Floyd's Wish you were here is for my best friend. it's our song, y'know?
i had an avril phase, had a big evanescence phase, now i'm in the beatles phase i think.
and when life lets you down, hug a cat. it helps.

rishi said...

Wow, I love all of them. In the first, got any idea where the movie's been shot ? second is so amazing, love your description, made me feel the same way.

I thought you said kriti didn't make it?

Asneel said...

I love the last one.

and the two versions. I seriously think simon cowell's an arse, cos the saw thing was so darn beautiful.

Quicksilver said...

Kriti -
thanks again!

Anirudh -
well..

Mystique -
I think it was my mom who introduced me to the Beatles with Lennon's Imagine. By far my favourite Lennon/Beatles track is Across the universe. The very first line of its lyrics is enough to make me a fan. Has a sort of smooth pleasing ring to it.

Indeed I did once try to hug a cat. The consequence involved someone going to the hospital for stitches. It wasn't the cat.

Rishi -
I think, or rather I hope its Delhi. ;)

Asneel -
Yeah. i think you're the only one who actually saw the saw thing, unless someone would have said it was awesome too. Yes you've got it right, simon IS a bit of a blockhead.