Yiwen had a portable cassette player and she was always listening to music as she walked. It was very modern and deeply Western to listen to music that no one else could hear. Private music led to private thoughts. Private thoughts led to private desires, to private fulfillments or Continue reading “Of Private Music”
There’s too much and not enough at the same time. – Dylan Moran
My Google Play subscription ended a few months ago. I already have an Apple Music family subscription, and though I prefer the services of the former, I thought I’d save a few bucks. 89 rupees per month to be exact, which is 1.367 USD. And now, Amazon Prime has launched its music services, and because I happen to have an account, I’m guessing I’ll be eligible for it too. And I can’t f***ing take it anymore.
Today I share with you, as it says in the title, a recent fake 80s pop song (and there are quite a few out there, the best being PoP!’s “PoP! Goes My Heart”) from the recent film Mindhorn, about a fake 80s TV detective. The film is rightly bonkers, and the above single a little gem in itself. “Thunder in jail” is an actual quote by Muhammad Ali.
You can daydream with music … it takes you away and creates a new world. – Tim Buckley
I’ve always wondered about the word well-read, and by extension what could be called well-watched, or well-listened. How do we exactly cover all bases with these distinct areas of knowledge? Who decides what constitutes being well-listened? Am I well-listened if I can remember note for note all of Beethoven’s symphonies? Or am I well-listened if I say, “Megadeth makes my ears bleed. And I can confirm this because I’ve listened to ALL their albums, and they’ve consistently made me reach for fresh bandages.” Continue reading “Book Review: 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die”
Today is World Music Day and International Yoga Day. Now, I don’t know if you’re up for yoga, so I thought we’d do some bhangra – Punjabi social dancing – today to combine music and movement. This track is from the Hindi film Kal Ho Naa Ho, and reworks Roy Orbison’s classic into an irresistible dance number.
Continuing with this month’s theme of pop and philosophy, I have The Cure’s “Mint Car” for you today. The Cure do plenty of happy numbers, but this one’s, like, the definition of what it is to be happy. Continue reading “Of Vanilla Smiles and Strawberry Kisses”
This is like my generation’s “Hello, Goodbye” (you know, that song by The Beatles about the dialectics of relationships). Continue reading “Of Hot and Cold”
She & Him is a band I enjoy a lot. I came across this video again the other day, and I think it’s a really lovely depiction of longing. Continue reading “Of Dancing By Yourself”
‘Mitwa’ is an interesting word, meaning both lover and friend. This track is taken from the 2006 film Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (trans. Never Say Goodbye). Continue reading “Of Love and Friendship”
I misinterpreted what was first told to me about Bob Dylan yesterday. I was listening to music via headphones (a rare occurrence. Not the music, but the device), and I had to read the lips of the person who conveyed the news to me. I read “Bob Dylan died,” and immediately plucked the headphones in agony, to correctly hear, “Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize.” The last words of those two sentences do rhyme.
I was elated. The recognition made complete sense to me, Continue reading “Nobel: More A Win For Songwriting, Than Dylan”