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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.

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Thought for the day

September 4, 2011 7 comments

And then one day you find,

Ten years have got behind you

No one told you when to run

You missed the starting gun…

Time, Pink Floyd

A blessing in disguise

July 21, 2011 2 comments

I love music. While I listen to classic rock and blues once in a while, my primary interest is in heavy metal. It’s not a liking that many people share, so most of my listening sessions in India would happen in my car. Back there, I have a Sony music system into which I can plug in a pen drive chock-full of heavy metal. My pen drive holds my entire collection, but I also have playlists for my most favorite songs.

But that was India.

Here in Denver, I bought a used car. It does have a CD player – even a CD changer, but it does not have a USB or even an AUX port to take a connection from my mp3 player. The CD changer does not support the mp3 format. I can’t even imagine trying to fit 6GB worth of songs into audio CDs.

I tried to have my morning commute in silence, but you can do it only for so long. Finally over the past few days, I have taken to channel surfing on the radio, trying to see if I run into a song I like. Usually this involves15-20 minutes of changing channels, between which I catch half a song or two.

Today morning, however, I managed to catch a hint of a riff when browsing frequencies. I jogged back again, and latched into a local band playing great metal. (Un) fortunately, there were 3 accidents on the interstate, and instead of the usual 15 mins drive, I had to drive for almost an hour. Over that hour, I listened to about 6 songs, only one of which was from a band I recognize (AC/DC). The rest were groups I had never even heard of before, but not even for a moment did I feel like changing the channel.

I don’t think I will be missing my metal collection in my car, at least while I am in Denver.

The eye in the sky

July 6, 2011 Leave a comment

I am the eye in the sky, looking at you

I can read your mind

I am the maker of rules, dealing with fools

I can cheat you blind

 

 

– “Eye in the sky”, The Alan Parsons Project

Shopping List

May 24, 2011 Leave a comment

We reached the US of A last November – it’s been more than 6 months now. Like most other short-term visitors, I have my shopping list too. Here it is :

Already purchased:

  1. mp3 player: I used to use my mobile phone for listening to songs, but then it doesn’t have the features of a full-fledged player.
  2. mobile handset: My current nokia has been showing its age – the body’s all dinged and dented, and the call volume has dropped drastically too

To purchase:

  1. Casio Pathfinder: My wife has tried to understand the need for this watch without success. But I’ll probably buy this before leaving for India
  2. SLR Camera: A couple of months ago, I was almost about to purchase this, but then I postponed that decision. As of now, I don’t think I’ll buy this
  3. Netbook: This is actually quite a high priority on my “want” list. But then I’ve decided that I will not think about it until I finish at least one book (either the longer one, or the series of short stories). Fingers crossed…
There’s somewhere between three and ten months to go; let’s see how many of these I take back with me.

A Question of Value – yet again

August 10, 2010 1 comment

The last few weeks have seen me very frustrated, to the point of irritation. Usually I have a series of bad days every month or two, when I realize that I am right in the middle of a mid-career crisis situation. Usually I get over it in a day or two, the hangover lasts another couple of days.

Not so this time. I have been in low spirits for over a week now. At work, I am working just for the sake of it, not enjoying it as I used to until last month. Back at home, my wife is thankfully very understanding, and does her best to cheer me up.

Last weekend we went for a picnic, and the drive & the getaway in general helped clear some cobwebs in my brain. On the way back, I finally managed to do some clear-headed thinking on what’s happening to me.

Distilled summary: I don’t see any kind of value in the work that I do here. The only iota of satisfaction is when I solve people’s problems and when they thank me from the heart. But that’s just once in a while. The rest of the time, I do the menial labor that my bosses don’t like to do themselves. But yes, the day I agreed to do it, I knew why did so. And at least that reason still applies today.

Prescription:

1. Try and keep searching for value (whether tangible or otherwise) in whatever I do

2. Maintain sanity at all costs

The former… It’s tricky, but I’ll do it.

The latter part is easy. Today I thanked God for Iron Maiden. Did you?

Hiatus… or is it?

May 20, 2010 1 comment

After almost a year and a half, my personal life is in shambles once again. I won’t go into the details, but suffice to say that I have been having a constant headache for the past two days. Oh yes, and my blood pressure stays elevated too.

Will everything be OK again? Only time will tell. There’s about 20 days to go.

In case things don’t work out well, will I stay sane? I hope so. I am not sure whether I will be able to post anything during this time. In case you have been following this blog, please bear with me for the next three weeks.

For now, I have Sabbath cranked up, I will immerse myself in their music. As far as easing emotional pain is concerned, there is no better remedy.