Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Voices in my head

I'm no longer a music explorer like I used to be back in college. A lot of it has to do with the fact that the excess leisure time to sample new bands and songs is no longer available. Also lately (and some would say unsurprisingly) I've found myself listening to a select few songs over and over again because the lyrics linger on long after the song's gone. Some others because of the serene and calming effect they have. For me atleast.

For the lack of original things to write upon, and the inspiration to write them, I'll just list them songs down.

1. Blue Sky - Allman Brothers Band

A long time favourite. There's something about the guitar playing in this song that gives me goosebumps. And the lyrics is simple enough.

You're my blue sky, you're my sunny day.
Lord you know it makes me high when you turn your love my way

Not profound, but beautiful. Wonderful imagery. 

2. Time - Pink Floyd

Most of the times this song captures my mood. In all probability, yours too.

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but its sinking
And racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in the relative way, but youre older
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death

Memento Mori. A perennial theme you may argue. Beauifully captured nonetheless.

3. Ripple - Grateful Dead

I'm in love with this band all over again. This song a piece of poetry in itself and a subject of essays with attempted explanations. Why even the refrain of this song is a 17 syllable Haiku:

Ripple in still water
When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow

But the most wonderful and my personal favourite part comes after that:

There is a road, no simple highway
Between the dawn and the dark of night
And if you go no one may follow
That path is for your steps alone

You who choose to lead must follow
But if you fall you fall alone
If you should stand then who's to guide you?
If I knew the way I would take you home

You can read an entire discourse on this song here.

4. The song remains the same - Led Zeppelin

Sound familiar doesn't it. My favourite Led Zep song at the moment.

California sunlight, sweet calcutta rain
Honolulu starbright--the song remains the same

Or is it because of the Calcutta reference? I don't know.

5. The world turns all around her - The Byrds

Again my favourite Byrds song at the moment. Nothing in particular about the lyrics (I guess so); just like the tune.


That's about enough for now I guess. I hope I'll do better than making lists henceforth. Then, something has to be better than nothing.