The Relationship

Times have changed so much since when I was little. People used to listen to music so much more differently. That was when music was about discovering and exploring. I remember the first time I was exposed to Western Music, probably around 10-12 years ago, I think the song was “Open Your Heart” by Westlife ( Oh yes, we all got to start somewhere huh? Smile ), I tried to find and listen to all the other songs by the band ( and I did! ). There is a sense of joy in discovering something that is so new to you yet feels like you are and have always been a part of it. Amazing what music can do. But hey, that was then. Now, music has grown to become something that you use to do nothing more than entertain yourself. People don’t explore anymore. I recently came across a blog post about how the concept of an album is dying and it quoted Bob Lefsetz saying

We’ve turned into a nation of grazers. And the artist’s job is to constantly be at the smorgasbord. Not to deliver one big meal that is picked at and thrown away, but to constantly provide tantalizing bites to the public.

Bob’s got a point you know. The world has become so impatient. People are looking for a song that will give them a kick, that will entertain them for the few minutes that they use to listen to it and then, be done with it; move on to the next song that will do the same. The world has become so impatient. That is not what music is about. It shouldn’t be.  Music is about laying people down, making them think, changing their lives, giving their own life a meaning. Yes, the entertaining part is also what music is about too. But it shouldn’t be the only part.

I don’t say that this applies to everyone. There are a lot of people out there who take music more deeply. Musicians themselves are the obvious examples. But even then, there are still many others who want to derive some meaning out of their life; make some sense of the what, why and the how. Music is where they turn to. And when they cannot make any sense at all, music is what makes them go to their serene place.

I want my music to do exactly that. To be part of one’s life, big or small, without actually knowing them ( at least initially )  is such a special relationship. It’s amazing what music can do. If you are one of the ones I’m looking for, then I will try my best to find you and build that special relationship.

Until the next,

Mahesh

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