I don’t know why this challenge asks for so many un-favourite songs, because Day 10 requires one to post A Song That Makes You Fall Asleep. There is a bit of ambiguity as far as what people have posted in answer to this (as I observed at the Facebook page of the challenge). Some people have interpreted it as the song they like falling asleep to, while others have listed the song they find most boring. As far as my knowledge of the language goes, the second usage would be correct. However, I don’t enjoy it one bit filling my blog up with songs I’d rather have nothing to do with. (Besides the tediousness of finding such songs. I’m rarely forced to listen to music I dislike, my zoning-out capacity is excellent, and if my sister didn’t remind me of the song I posted on Day 2, I could never have remembered that one either.)
On the other hand, I usually don’t sleep to music if I can help it, so it’s equally difficult to think of a song I like falling asleep to. So instead, here goes one of the few songs I have a history of singing incoherently just before I pass out.
An old favourite that sobriety doesn’t quite manage to spoil. Also a song that for some reason reminds me of high school (or more precisely, the time when I was enrolled at high school, since very little of it was spent at that actual institution). You’d rather not find out what the other songs in this list are, believe me.
Dancing would not usually feature among my favourite activities. There are few anecdotes to go with this post, which is about a song that I’ve never actually danced to, but it makes me want to dance every time. :)
Not a great fan of either Shahid or Priyanka (though of Vishal Bharadwaj, certainly), but a film that I enjoyed a lot. Very well-done Bombay pulp, what can you say. <3
It should be Day 7 but I’m skipping the entry because I can’t think of a very remarkable instance of A Song That Reminds You of a Certain Event. Some other day, then, while I put up the next entry.
Unfortunately, yet another song without a video. This is not the most well-known version of the song, but it is the one I memorized the lyrics from.
This is also the version I remember singing aloud with a bunch of people at G-Point, that terribly dirty and not-so-terribly secret hideout in campus that we never frequented after first year. I went to look at it again last summer and found the place turned entirely into a garbage dump. The friend who came along with me had not spent her UG1 there and could never have guessed the magic that has left that bit of desolate ruin.
A song from a mixed CD made for me by a boy — oh, about three years ago. (He was a nice boy, but the last time we spoke was about three years ago as well. I keep in touch with fewer than five people at any given point to time, so the people on the periphery often fade away. When a name pops into mind all of a sudden once in a while, I’m left wondering, whoa, so what happened to this person! Like I’m wondering now.)
Another song without a video, I’m afraid. Instead there are lyrics, if that is any comfort. Although the lyrics of this song aren’t really difficult to comprehend.
I left the CD lying around for months, didn’t have time to listen until one day I uploaded all its contents into my iPod and left for a long two-months-in-two-cities a trip, because when one travels one must always have new music. It was a stuffy peninsular summer. I had just wrapped up with one city (and all it entailed), and was on a night-long bus journey through the hills and highways of the Western Ghats. I was alone and tired and burning with fever and fighting with guilt and disappointed with myself and so, so relieved. Everyone in the bus was asleep, even the constantly whimpering babies. The lights were turned out so I couldn’t see their faces, and I could permit myself the luxury of imagining that this busful of strangers weren’t there — only me. Outside my window the night was vast and dark and filled with countless stars. Never before (and never again) had I felt so small and devastated and free.
The thing is that nearly all songs remind me of someone or the other, my music collection being built almost entirely from donations and recommendations. My people/place/sound/feeling associations are usually keen, so there are hundreds of songs with bits of history attached to them. It gives me the privilege of choosing the one among them I’d prefer to archive.
So… this song that I have of late come to love. This particular Youtube video. (It’s not a real music video, I suspect the song doesn’t have one.)
Given to me exactly a month ago so I’m not sure if it qualifies as a reminder, but this song will continue to remind me of the person, the moment, the things that went through my head at that point and the little knot in my stomach — that was a memory point being created and I’m usually never incorrect about such things.
Of the little ironies of the song and the situation, I’m sure a mostly-public blog is not the best place to ponder.