Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Rear Window: The Chalice & The Drinker

A beautiful Urdu she'r (couplet) says:

इश्क़ की चोट तो पडती है दिलों पे यक्सां
ज़र्फ़ के फ़र्क़ से आवाज़ बदल जाती है।

It means that in love, the blow is similar to all hearts. But the sound changes depending on the vessel. Figuratively, it means that different people react differently depending on the constitution of their own self.

Not just in love, people react differently even to music. The same piece of music means different things to different people at different times.

I often hear people talking about the 'common man'. I think that the idea of a 'common' man is a fantasy. I believe that every person perceives a song differently. He interprets a song with reference to his mental make-up, environment, emotional and intelligence quotient, and the chest of his experience, which presents a unique combination.

The very idea of finding a lowest common denominator to the understanding of a work of art is highly inartistic This is one place where ambiguity can be a virtue. So how do I view this blog and the purpose of writing this in the first place? The answer is that we make a travel from possibility to probability. As I write my impressions of a song, I am sure that there will be echoes in your head too.

I throw a stone into still waters and there are ripples in your mind. That is what we do. And so, readers and listeners, let us raise the chalice... it might be the same drink inside, but we have different tongues and taste is not the virtue of the drink alone, but its chemistry with the tongue!

I share with you the song that first awakened me to the fact that composition was an art... and that there was something intoxicating about music... and that those who missed this intoxication missed a higher awareness!

GHULAM ALI - Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa

© Kaushal S. Inamdar, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015

Rear Window: The First Peep

I had actually started a new blog by the name - REAR WINDOW and also wrote two posts on it. But later I realised that I was just doubling my efforts by starting another blog when this blog was quite capable of carrying this topic in its womb. So I am reproducing the posts here. All posts that are to do with the analysis and commentary on music or my make up as a musician will be under the label of REAR WINDOW.

As the name of the blog suggests, I am an ardent Hitchcock fan. But no, this blog has nothing to do with his movies or TV shows, nor does it have to do anything with spying on neighbours with binoculars. I chose this name because it suggests to me among other things, a different perspective which is uncommon. The front window is basically meant to provide a view. You see what is meant to be seen. It is a given perspective. The Rear Window, however, seemingly offers nothing to view. But it usually offers a lot to observe!

It is often the case with music. The creators give you a view of the music. But as a student of music and a student of human nature, I often find that there are different perspectives to looking at a song. Sometimes they even are the perspectives that the creators wish to give you but are not successful. That doesn't take away anything from the song. At other times, we see things in a song that were not meant for us to see!

Years of being a musician has changed the way I experience or consume music. I have given up my urge to be judgemental. When I listen to a song now, I am not in a hurry to pass a verdict. Instead, I let it influence me. I try and submit to it. Like a wine connoisseur, I let it linger in my system.

This blog is a sum of my impressions and analyses, my opinions and my experiences, my insights and my prejudices. Because that is how you experience a song. Holistically. I hope you enjoy the exercise as much as I do. 

© Kaushal S. Inamdar, 2015