A Feeling Called Familiarity

Music is what feelings sound like


5819184201_df0392f0e7_bRemember that feeling when a song takes you away into an entirely different place?

Articulation is the art of putting a story forward without coating it with filters. Music, thus, is the purest form of articulation. It clearly is the most divine, beautiful and serene gift from God. The only language, oddly enough to be understood and loved by over millions of identities in our world – all apart yet all together united by a mutual feeling.

Music. A Feeling Called Familiarity.

“Without music, life would be a mistake” – Freidrich Nietzsche

World Music Day is celebrated every year on June 21st. Surprisingly, it started in the form of a French music festival called Fete de la Musique  in 1981 by French minister of culture Jack Lang. Fast forward to present day, more than 32 countries worldwide are celebrating their love for music today. To kick your musical plans into top gear, Hauz Khas Village Traders’ Association has joined hands with Alliance Française de Delhi and have roped in over 20 venues in the capital to host events, live jams, musical sessions and much more to promote the diversity of music.

Bollywood fraternity, on the other hand, has turned to social media for celebrations. Legendary singer and musician Hariharan will unite with the likes of Arijit Singh, Rekha Bhardwaj, Sajid Wajid to perform as a treat for their fans on this special occasion. This event will go live on Facebook and fans would be able to connect with their musical heroes on their respective pages. Acclaimed Indian bands like Parikrama and Indian Ocean will also be headlining events and are set to enthrall audiences at Hard Rock Cafe in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Pune. The events will also see performances from artists like Amit Trivedi, Benny Dayal, Euphoria among others.

Play the moments, Pause the memories

Stop the pain, Rewind the happiness

Music can not only change our mood, it can also change the way we think. Quite literally, numerous studies have proven that listening to music is one of the few activities which involve more than 65% of our brain capacity. Our listening choices can determine our personality types. In another interesting study, it was proven that people who listen to Blues music are creative, easy going and have high self esteem as compared to people who prefer listening to Indie music being less creative, not gentle and with lower self esteem (exceptions, acknowledged). One study showed that children who learned playing an instrument for more than 3 years performed better in reasoning, aptitude, vocabulary, non-verbal reasoning skills and motor responses.

To put it fairly, music is far more diverse and deep a feeling to measured by surveys and research papers, it is a profound emotion whose magnitude cannot be measured in terms and units of science and psychology. Music is what feelings sound like. Period.

As life goes by a day at a time, would you pause and choose to get lost for a while. Would you wander away from the mundane and immerse yourself into deep, unmitigated joy for some time? If the answer is affirmative, have a happy World Music Day!

Tune In, Drop Out!




Steps Towards Somewhere

– Arriving somewhere but not here

I was supposed to be awake in the moment but somehow time slipped through the hands and lead my steps towards somewhere.

Exactly my point. The ancient art of conversation seems oh so relevant again!

We’ve known them all – Tech, Society, Religion, Sex and TV (possibly evolution) the reasons to devour from the moment, the only truth there is. Truth is,  we’re all too much into out screens than in our space around people. Life is much more than staring into a screen., isn’t it?

“For once, let’s put the phone down.

Let’s kick the butt, and put out that frown”

It all started when I would want to know ‘what song is it’ ( quick backdrop – I am musician too) whenever I heard a riff/solo/melody on the radio. Having said that, I’ve been one of the few lucky ones to be in surroundings which are ever-present of brilliant, sensible musicians and avid listeners. I guess it all comes down to my keen interest in registering a song in the grey matter of my head when it’s ‘worthy’ enough to be in my playlist. (Yes, I am picky and take immense pride in the collection of music built with pride, only allowing the choicest, selected few while filtering out the rest for my occasional SoundCloud/Spotify/YouTube spins). Call me a snob, it’s okay.

So it happened one day, the sounds emerged from somewhere, arrived in my ears and rang the bells of unfamiliarity, leading to the ‘aah this is amazing‘ feel. I, for one, sure do wanted to save that song forever in my playlist. Them Feels. There are some.moments you want to revisit again

Next urge, to know what it was which successfully struck a chord (pun intended). Next impulse, to pull out my phone and fire up that cool ‘I claim to know every song, but that’s never gonna happen’ app – and so I did, waiting for it to feed my curiosity. The animation grew closer to conclusion, the internet was on all fours,

the clock ticked…nothing happened.

I tried again, furiously closing down the app and re-initiating the process

Unfortunately, the app wanted me to try again. Wait, What! was I disappointed? Should I go and get the competitor app immediately OR was going with this a sound choice(no pun intended). More than often, I start judging the choices made in past to justify their result in present). As thoughts started overflowing in my mind, something unexpected happened!

In my moments of confusion, I could find one answer which I wasn’t looking for! I realized that not only it’d have been easier to simply ask what song from the person playing it, it’d have been a terrific conversation starter! Imagine, two different people digging the same song – Yep! Them Feels. Imagine the joy when two people appreciate the beauty of art together  – like patrons admiring the same painting. Remember the time and the place and the song – you and your musical friend could talk about for what seemed like ages? Pure. Uninterrupted Joy.
All of this, and a bit of that, gave birth to a sudden  revelation – Has technology subtly killed the art of a conversation? Are smartphones the new #BFF ? Have we
Arriving somewhere, but not here. Is it too easy to blame? Questions my mind asked, answers my heart knew. For once, I knew what I was seeking.

And thus, the irony subsided. I was no more clueless.

Ask More, Find Often.

Oh, and here’s what happened to the song – I did manage to ask that friend and strike up a beautiful conversation, a flowing stimulant like feel of being in the present moment only.

“The song is over, I am left with only tears. I must remember, even if it takes a million years” – The Who