The last one year has been quite a ride when it comes to music. So much has happened, that I fail to remember how my life used to be when I used to listen only to filmy songs on TV and, of course, Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears. TV had brought a huge change to my musical universe. The next big change took some time to happen. The computer. It continues to be the nucleus of all the music I listen to. Radio and MP3 players are yet to make as big an impact on me. The radio channels in Hyderabad are pathetic, to say the least. Howling Telugu movie songs one after another, they present no variety what so ever.
At the beginning of 2007 I was immersed in Rock Music and Heavy Metal. I was introduced to this genre was through my friends at an online discussion board. We met a few times and I got to borrow some music from him. The Doors, Pink Floyd, Opeth, U2, Garbage, Scorpions, Stratovarius, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Pearl Jam, My Dying Bride, Slayer, Led Zeppelin, Miranda Sex Garden…and the list goes on. Never in my life did I listen to such a variety of music in such a short time. The sole Indian band that made an impact, and a big one at that, was Indian Ocean. There fusion music is world-class.
Of all the music I listened to, I guess Bob Dylan had the biggest influence on me ( Eric Clapton would be next). The sheer variety of his thoughts is staggering. “People are crazy and times are strange,
I am locked in tight I am out of range. I used to care, but things have changed.” Awesome.
It remained this way and, as a matter of fact, life had become a little monotonous. Then, came Indian classical music. My dad is an avid listener of Indian classical music. Every evening he would surf to the DD Bharti channel which would be airing a recital from 1980s by Kumar Gandharva. The intensity of his voice would have my mind riveted to the TV.
Towards the end of the year, the influence of Indian Classical music grew. The 35th Annual Pandit Motiram Pandit Maniram Sangeet Mahotsav took place at the Nizam College [post on that here]. The likes of Pandit Vijay Ghate, Ustad Shahid PArvez, Pandit Ajay Pohankar and Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar provided enthralling performances one after another. People stayed back on bitter cold nights to listen to them. I am glad I was there too.
2008 has begun on a rather different note. I am hooked to some Hindi movie music. Johnny Gaddar, No Smoking, The Call, Bhool Bhulaiyya and a few other movie tracks have dominated.
Today, I could sit down and listen to any of these artists and not feel bad. My musical universe has grown and I hope it continues to grow. There’s so much more to listen to. Life’s just too short.