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Amazing Powers of Observation

November 18, 2014 Leave a comment

15 years ago, I learned a secret that would change my life forever.

Deep inside the maze, buried in a corner, is a small room. A small, dark room, filled with many mysteries. Ants marching in a line. A dewdrop hanging off a leaf. A sunset after a long day. Insignificant to the lay person, these nevertheless have the power to reveal their mysteries – all you have to do is to get in the right frame of mind. Close the windows and the doors, shut everything out, and turn on a good record.

And that’s what I did. Experimented with a lot of genres and artists. Traded tapes with friends. And compiled a set of albums that just transport me away. Black Sabbath are no doubt the masters of the game. But then, there are others too – Metallica, Bodom, Danzig, to name a few.

And Pink Floyd.

I had all but forgotten them for all these years, when I fished out Dark Side of the Moon a few weeks ago. I listened to it for a couple of times, and then moved over to The Wall. Over the last three weeks or so, I’ve been listening to it over and over again, just not getting enough.

In the Flesh / Hey You / Nobody Home / Comfortably Numb – it’s just a treat waiting to be licked clean, ingested, absorbed into every fiber of your being.

I’m hard pressed to find anyone else who has dealt with nihilism in so exquisite a fashion.

Claustrophobic

November 3, 2014 Leave a comment

The view from Savoy vs. the view from Ava. Looking out, as well as looking in.

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