Trawling across Youtube in search of an appropriate song for this post, I discovered how many of the songs that I loved as a child/teenager are songs I do not hate, though I’m definitely less crazy about them. Songs I haven’t heard in years filled me with complete happiness. Even the Britney Spears songs I used to like still sound quite alright. (There are other songs by her that I furiously dislike, but then I had never liked them in the first place.) I’ve grown out of metal/goth/emo music completely as well, but I still stand by most of the songs that I really liked.
So this is a bit of a cheat.
I think it was S (yet another S, what to do?) in UG1 who ruined Linkin Park forever for me with his masturbation-and-impotence interpretations. It had been a three-four years already since I had stopped plugging them 24/7, and it was undeniable that the constant whining had begun to get on my (ageing) nerves, but I have never listened to Linkin Park with a clean conscience again.
Well, I wish I was that cool. This is a wish-post, for a song that describes me more accurately would probably be something emo and embarrassing. (And I haven’t given it a thought, not being the best fond of self-description.)
But I don’t think I’ve related more closely to any single line in music than the one in the refrain of this song. It had been my signature at several forums for a very long time. And I don’t think I could’ve ever filled a song challenge without including this song at some point. It just wouldn’t have been fair.
I sometimes feel dismal about the Hindi songs I must put up for this challenge. There are songs I like more but cannot find a category in this list to fit into. I quite enjoy the song I’m going to post right now, even though it probably won’t feature among my top ten favourite songs from Bollywood. The point of this category is to post a song that no one would expect me to love, right?
So yeah, the main love song from a wholesome, family-watching-type Bollywood film is usually not my cup of tea. (The song that features in the first trailer, you know what I mean.) The Udit Narayan-Sonu Nigam (or alternately Alka Yagnik et al) school of melodious love-song voice leaves me out cold. I like the second or third song from the soundtrack of a regular Bollywood film, if at all. I like a well-written item number — all the good poetry and good singing these days can be found in item numbers. Unfortunately enough, I really like the main love song from this film that’s absolutely rubbish otherwise. Its words are stuck in my head. The singing (guess what? Udit Narayan!) and arrangement are unremarkable, but the faint touch of the transcendental in the lyrics absolutely does me in.
Because I can’t be bothered to look up a song from a band I hate, I’m skipping right over to Day 13: A Song That Is A Guilty Pleasure. The song I’ll earn the hatred of multitudes for liking. The song even Britney Spears refused to sing. Presenting to you:
It’s one of those things like shopping, brand-whoring and calorie-watching that ‘intelligent women’ indulge in and absolutely refuse to admit. (I shall plead guilty to two of the three charges myself.) All in all, if you don’t find that hook ridiculously catchy, well, expect me to disagree.
The first song I heard from the man, and although I’ve come to love almost everything else by him, this one still makes my day every time I listen to it. Adapted from a poem by another favourite poet, one I had translated (a little differently) in second year. This song has been very much of an obsession for very many years.
(And this is the first time I saw the video. Thought I would mention.)