Music to my ears

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- Dixya Poudel

Jul 12, 2017-

One of my favourite leisure activities is listening to music. I am an avid admirer of music across all genres. At the end of a long day, it feels great to listen to music and unwind. We listen to music as an escape. However, music can also be empowering and inspirational. Music soothes our sorrow in times of heartbreak, loss and setbacks. We connect in a myriad ways to the lyrics and melodies of our much loved songs. Our favourite songs tell us stories that echo our own stories of struggle and heartbreak.

We all have our own choice of music. My mother listens to religious and devotional songs. My father listens to Nepali folk songs while my cousins listen to popular Hindi songs. Music from my iPod features classical music, pop, rock, jazz, soul, alternative, indie, hip-hop and R&B. 

I like to think that with age, my taste in music has evolved. As a child, I would huddle around the old radio cassette player that only played audio cassettes. I used to listen to English songs trying to make out the lyrics. I was struggling with my English during my early years. However, as I grew up, so did my love for the English language and music. Then I was better able to intercept the lyrics that entwined with the melodies and harmonies of the musical instruments. During my teenage years, I would listen to Bryan Adams and Red Hot Chilli Peppers. The internet was at an early stage back then. Hence, I had no way to search online for the lyrics to songs I liked. Instead, I would hit play, then pause and then repeat as I tried to understand the lyrics. Today, with a few clicks on the internet, I can easily access the lyrics to complex songs.

The lyrics speak volumes about the songwriter’s inner world. Songwriters belong to a highly regarded creative and artistic profession. It is no wonder that Bob Dylan won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. Songwriters are capable of creating a musical world each unique from the other. If you read Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run, you will be pleasantly surprised by its lyrical and mesmerising prose. It could only have been written by a talented singer/songwriter. 

I listen to music when I am feeling low and downcast. I listen to music as I read or write. We all have our reasons for listening to music. I listen because music is an inevitable part of my life. I listen so that I can be more in tune with life. Music represents joy for all of us regardless of our age and nationality. Music doesn’t just connect us to the world, but also to something higher than all of us.

Published: 12-07-2017 08:11

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