An Unbound Rage

That mental cacophony,

That uncompressed yell,

That undulating pain,

The hurt your heart felt,

That sickness in your belly,

Those trembling hands,

Those clenched muscles,

That need to dish out fear,

That sadistic streak,

Those flickering eyes,

Those shallow breaths,

Those pulsating nerves,

That short gulp,

Trigger to a Slur!

 

Bring It On

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Journey.”

The time of hope and persistence, honesty and dread, karma and belief, brought with it a surreal series of change. Break it down – the time into fragments, for each is as magnificent in its own right, a bag full of teachings, shining brightly upon my path. That path and where it leads, I know not.

The all-knowing, all giving power that rises within us in times of desperation – is like lights beside the runway to guide not just the stable but more so, the unstable planes. Nothing teaches us more about ourselves than such times of desperation. I learnt a lot.

Yes I was scared. Yes I was confused. Yes the pain in the heart was ever bearing and the brain, paralysed. Yet every stone that hurt me, only powered me, to go that much further. To look for my destiny. To smile at the sight of the end of the earth and sky, that horizon, which I knew would someday be mine.

Desperation when used properly is possibly the greatest tool we can own. Enough of it makes us fearless, uncaring. It shows us the true strength of our character. It gives us clarity on the decisions we make. It guides us to that juncture where we either rise or fall. It stretches us beyond our limits to possibly achieve the unthinkable, or get us ever closer to that “Eureka” moment.

The simplest formulae to tapping and reaping from even the rough times is to say to yourself – “these trying times are another bundle of opportunities”. And believe in it. Keep repeating it to yourself and condition yourself to just do the right thing, the humane thing. There are a million wolves waiting for your shivering carcass to show through your thinning skin but don’t care, don’t bother. I met my long cherished goal after walking on a daunting and humiliating path that forever shamed my self-respect and yet I rose and came through.

It doesn’t shame me now, to proclaim that I went through the mud to reach that Lotus and the effort I put into it. To have got my hands dirty in a coal mine to get to that Diamond. Life seems so complete now and how I wish it would last forever the same way with no further hiccups but then, that wouldn’t be fun, will it?

Bring it on!

Riding the Tides

You know, there are things that we do over and over again for a considerable period of our life and then, someday we stop doing them, for whatever reasons. We never know if they were for good or bad, for they in their time never held any meaning. Then one day we stop doing them. All  they give us are memories, some cherishable and some not so.

The one thing I’m doing ever since I learnt to control handles and balance, is ride. Ride, to and fro, carrying people at my back.

The 2-wheelers that I’ve used are –

1. BSA SLR – Bicycle.

BSA SLR Image

2. Kinetic Luna Super Star – A bicycle with an engine, a clutch and accelerator.

luna

3. Hero Puch Shakti 3G – A mini demon. The smallest geared bikes with the smallest of engines – a mere 65CC.

Hero Puch Shakti 3g

4. You’ve all already met my 4th companion, Bajaj Pulsar 180CC – One of the oldest and proudest giants in the history of Bajaj sporting bikes in India. Without it, I’m lost.

My Ride

During my schooling and engineering, my brother rode as my pillion. They were fun times. Nothing except the rides changed over the years. From bicycle to Luna to Shakti, that part of our life is one the longest case of the association between brothers and their rides. We rode for long hours and I don’t remember him, even once, asking me to let him ride. He was happy and content, at the back, watching the world and giving all sorts of running commentary, describing the surroundings. Watching girls, eateries, escaping seniors, riding in the rain – through love and through fight, those days will forever remain fresh.

There was one instance when while returning from our school, it was raining really hard. I decided to have some fun and starting riding through puddles of rainwater, which soaked all of his shoes from the inside. I kept doing it, when in a fit, he opened his water bottle and emptied it straight into my shoes, and all this 60 kmph. We laughed all the way to our home. One of the happiest memories I have with him.

We’ve had our share of accidents as well, when in all the occasions, he jumped off well before the fate hit us. He is thankfully smart in those situations when I’m not. Twice in those accidents, I hair-cracked my left shoulder. But they never deterred me

Then my ride changed to Pulsar and the speed at which I normally rode changed. I remember once, when he was in Bangalore, spending time on bench in his company, I used to drop him to his office. We used to take the ‘Nice’ road. It was one clean and zero traffic road, 16 kms in length. We reached 120 kmph one day. He simply closed his eyes and felt the speed while I just enjoyed the fastest that I had ever ridden, things passing by me in time smaller than the blink of an eye. I miss those moments.

Then came my wife, and so changed my speed. All she ever has said about my riding is – “You are the only one with whom I don’t try to balance the bike”. I clearly am her favorite!

Riding is also the time, I think about my life the most. I contemplate all serious issues, when I’m seated on my bike. I have my commentary running for all that while. “Government must ban all women and old drivers”, “Why the fuck does everyone change their lines at the last moments”, “What happened to them indicators” yada yada.

And then there’s my favorite song by Joe Satriani – “Ride” – that defines some philosophies of my life –

This clearly is my favorite daily ritual!

Bucket List

A dedication to this post is the song whole world loves –

This list isn’t exhaustive and will never be. I can’t see my future and won’t imagine it too, for vivid dreams have a way of becoming stumbling blocks for happiness. But here are somethings that I want to do, to get my head straight –

1. Grab my first chance at a solitary holiday for a month or so. I need my time doing nothing, no contacts, no family, no communication, no gadgets. Just food, water, me and may be some strangers who deal in nothing but love.

2. I want to go soundless once. Listen to absolutely no sound, so I can listen to myself, for I want to clear the noises in my head, that have become quite a puzzle to solve over time.

3. This one is explicit and can’t be revealed here. (Thinking sex? Bingo!)

I Wanna Live Again

The only thing that today’s daily prompt reminded me off was my brother’s first ever composition!

It came after 4 years in college and rigorous guitar practice. Trust me, I was his roommate and heard a lot of his jittery ting-tings and tung-tungs!

I was in awe the first time he sung it for us! He sang well and played well too but this was a total surprise!

Give it up for Salil Mishra – I Wanna Live Again!

Please pardon us for poor sound quality – it’s a recording but lyrics come from his heart!

Just for the traditions though, a tradition we have started to follow is sing our hearts, lungs and throats out when him and his guitar are playing! Family thing – we think we are helluva singers!

Lets see how others are impressing us –

  1. Henna | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  2. Ballerina | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  3. Daily Prompt: Time After Time- Psychology: Introduction to self esteem | Journeyman
  4. Daily Prompt: Time After Time | Saleh Elgherbawi
  5. One Crazy Mom » What Keeps My Week Going
  6. Do more walking | The Bliss of Reality
  7. DP Daily Prompt: Time after Time | Sabethville
  8. Growing Up | The Jittery Goat
  9. Daily Prompt: Time After Time: #Coffee #Ritual | Of Glass & Paper
  10. chocolate | yi-ching lin photography
  11. we gather today | y
  12. Daily Prompt: Time After Time | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  13. A sweet memory of the past | Attempted Human Relations and Self
  14. The One Hit Wonder | the intrinsickness
  15. Sex appeal? Clumsy oafess? Time after Time… | ALIEN AURA’S BlOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
  16. Kiss me, I’m Irish: a San Francisco tradition | Suddenly Single in Marin
  17. A book review for World Book Day | Sue’s Trifles
  18. As traditions go, this one isn’t bad. Bit costly though… | thoughtsofrkh
  19. DAILY PROMPT: Ritual | cockatooscreeching
  20. Family. Rituals. War. | daggyshog tales
  21. Ritual « Shrine of Hecate – Ramblings of a New Age Witch
  22. You know Gail Baker down the road? | The verbal hedge
  23. A twisted family tradition | A picture is worth 1000 words
  24. Daily Prompt: Time After Time | My Other Blog
  25. The More Things Change… | My Author-itis
  26. Daily Prompt – Time After Time. |
  27. It’s spelled ‘Crucian’. | Asta’s Space
  28. Minutely Infinite | Traditionally Speaking
  29. The beauty of a fitness routine versus having a joint-eater to be thin « psychologistmimi
  30. Family Vocabulary: Traditions! | ALIEN AURA’S BlOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
  31. Corn, Onions and Christianity | meanderedwanderings
  32. Daily Prompt: Time After Time « Mama Bear Musings
  33. Daily Prompt: Time After Time | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  34. S. Thomas Summers: Writing with Some Ink and a Hammer | On Our Fears its Soul Shall Feast
  35. Time After Time | The Nameless One
  36. I didn’t listen, what’s your excuse? | meg lago
  37. Time After Time | The Story of a Guy
  38. I [heart] Hotpot Dinners | Beez Giftz
  39. Time After Time Traditions Live | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  40. time after time | klstar2000
  41. My secret photography ritual. | What Katy Thought.
  42. A Tradition That Kept Us Still Standing | Navigate
  43. Birthday Traditions | Cancer Isn’t Pink
  44. Burn-Out | Green Embers
  45. Time After Time | Lead us from the Unreal to the Real
  46. Life’s Rituals: MissShy Gets Engaged | Ana Linden
  47. A Sunday Paratha | Flowers and Breezes
  48. “Time After Time” | Relax
  49. Daily Prompt: Time After Time | Raspberry’s Daydreams
  50. OSCAR ISN’T SACRED BUT WE WATCH ANYHOW | SERENDIPITY
  51. Year after year. | stilldaddyslittlegirl
  52. The Good Tradition Of Eurovision… | Steve Says…
  53. Birthday Tradition | Margaux’s Blog
  54. 65/365 ritual | @vannilla
  55. of small delights | Anawnimiss
  56. Awake at night | anonim0us
  57. Awake at night | anonim0us
  58. Traditions, start a good one. | Emotional Fitness
  59. A different kind of Christmas Tree (Daily Prompt: “Time After Time, Show Us Ritual”) | Photo0pal Photography
  60. Spot Me Bro! – A Daily Tradition | Lifestyle | WANGSGARD
  61. Weekly Reprieve from the Pattern of Life | snapshotsofawanderingheart
  62. Family Traditions | A mom’s blog
  63. Time After Time: Daily Post | Destino
  64. Traditions? Can’t think of any! | djgarcia94
  65. I am a writing rock band that only wants green m&m’s. ONLY GREEN ONES! | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  66. Mom’s Sweet Banana Cream Pie | Late Bloomer Liz
  67. Daily Prompt: Being Traditional! | All Things Cute and Beautiful
  68. Traditions | Emovere
  69. Daily Prompt: Time After Time – Family Events | MetaRead360 Small Press presents
  70. Lesbian Traditions
  71. Continuity | La Gatita Oscura
  72. Traditions? Not Really | Cats, Coffee, And Life At Random
  73. Daily Prompt: Ritual | An American in Norway, a Citizen of the World
  74. Daily Prompt: Ritual | An American in Norway, a Citizen of the World
  75. Daily Prompt: Ritual (Nonet) | Morrighan’s Muse
  76. Time After Time: Ritual | Khana’s Web
  77. Around the table | 2 times pink
  78. Daily Prompt: Time After Time | Basically Beyond Basic
  79. Blind | Among the Whispers
  80. Daily Prompt: Time After Time|Unbreakable bond | viCKaakin
  81. Day 65… Daily Prompt: Time After Time | Dear Blog ’14
  82. Beauty in Brokenness | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  83. Daily Prompt: Tradition | SCATTERBRAIN
  84. The Family Rosary | The Salmon Yatra
  85. Daily Prompt 03062014: Time After Time | Annie, are you OK?
  86. Tradition… | Kate Murray
  87. When Parades go wrong. | Trucker Turning Write
  88. Ritual | U Be Cute – Follow the child inside of you…
  89. Suicide no. 33: “Suicide no. 33″ | derekalanwilkinson
  90. I Love You | Real Momma Ramblings
  91. Ritual | The Land Slide Photography
  92. Getting to the Starting Line | Recovery Miles
  93. Valentine’s Play Date, You’re Mine | Uncovered
  94. Birthday Cake Tradition | 365 Days of Thank You
  95. afterwards, we lie | y
  96. Daily Prompt: Rituals | Lady K’s Lounge
  97. we gather behind | y
  98. Daily Prompt: Time After Time | Bowl of Rice
  99. A Different Kind of Light | Wiley’s Wisdom

Disturbed – Deify

I’m confused now. Just a couple of days ago, in a Thank You post, I let all of you know how much I loathe the practice of editing earlier published posts to serve the purpose of your current ones, and yet here I am trying hard to fight the urge to do it myself. I’m so tired, I can’t write anything but I want to as this is one my favorite topics.

But I won’t fall into the temptation to do it. I’ll tell you the song that I forgot to mention in my earlier post – Hue Of Silence. Actually there are so many that it’ll take months probably to list them all down and get the link to their past, the exact picture, that image of silence.

Imagine this. You are running on a treadmill. Your heartbeats are going at a rate of knots. So high that you form a lump in your throat, a lump of fatigue, an ache that spreads fast to your shoulders and then your head but you don’t give up. You run. As every drop of sweat makes it’s way down from your forehead, rolls from your cheek, chin and then to the treadmill floor, you run for every second of that 20 minutes that you designated for a run. And then imagine yourself listening to this –

Take my word… you will regain your energy and run 20 minutes more! It’s so heart pumping!

Lets see what other’s have for this daily prompt

  1. 1936 – Bentley Drophead | Crazy Markovich
  2. A beat is missing | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  3. Tana deem, ta nana, na na, na na, tana deem (sparks) | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  4. The Mirror: Tanka | 365 days of defiance
  5. Daily Prompt: Always Something There to Remind Me -Psychologycal Side of Recalling Memories | Journeyman
  6. Craters of the Moon | Exploratorius
  7. Dr Martens! An update! | ALIEN AURA’S BlOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
  8. Daily Prompt: Past « Vicariously Poetic
  9. The past was once the future | The Ambitious Drifter
  10. The Idyllic Place & The Daily Prompt | The Jittery Goat
  11. November Rain | Knowledge Addiction
  12. A Barenaked Summer | Musings | WANGSGARD
  13. Music is all around us, all you have to do is listen. | A Voice for Science.
  14. DP Daily Prompt: Always something there to remind Me | Sabethville
  15. (Almost) A Song for Everything | Daily Prompt: Always Something There to Remind Me | likereadingontrains
  16. That moment | Kate Murray
  17. Daily Prompt: Always Something There to Remind Me | Awl and Scribe
  18. IT TAKES ME BACK. | Dreams to Reality !
  19. Musical Memories – Boy’s of Summer | Unload and Unwind
  20. This is always my go to place when I’m in a mood. Which is often. | thoughtsofrkh
  21. The River of Life. | Whispered Words
  22. Always something there to remind me | Sue’s Trifles
  23. Cretan Folk Music and Ali’s fall! | ALIEN AURA’S BlOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
  24. Oscar Songs on my Female Mind: I’ve had the time of my life and Let it go « psychologistmimi
  25. I Won’t Give Up | Flowers and Breezes
  26. Don’t Panic – It’s Only Love | snapshotsofawanderingheart
  27. Daily Prompt: Songs and memories | seikaiha’s blah-blah-blah
  28. Still searching…! | juimkul
  29. Memories | A mom’s blog
  30. Always Something There To Remind Me | Trailer Trash Design | U.S.A.
  31. Daily Prompt: High Water Everywhere | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  32. Daily Prompt: Always Something There to Remind Me | snippets and words
  33. classic blotto | eastelmhurst.a.go.go
  34. When People Randomly Break Into Song « Scraps, Drafts and Fragments
  35. We Weren’t Lovers, Just Brave Strangers (B. Seger) | meanderedwanderings
  36. A Dream Chaser, A Love “Echo” | From Hiding to Blogging
  37. Today sparrows | shame
  38. Valentine’s Challenge | Mila’s Misadventures
  39. Daily Prompt: Always Something There To Remind Me « Mama Bear Musings
  40. Back to the Mystic | the TEMENOS JOURNAL
  41. Daily Prompt: Always Something There to Remind Me | The Paperback Chronicles
  42. Daily Prompt: Always Something There to Remind Me | Of Glass & Paper
  43. Daily Prompt: Always something there to remind me | The River Mom
  44. Musical memories – Cassandra Wilson´s Time After Time | mamangerie
  45. Daily Prompt: Always Something There to Remind Me | Basically Beyond Basic
  46. Daily Prompt: Always Something There to Remind Me | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  47. The ‘Super’ 70′s. That kind of music just soothes the soul. | A Wiser Fella Than Myself Once Said…
  48. Daily Prompt: Past | The Wandering Poet
  49. in you (the past lingers in the lyrics) | peacefulblessedstar
  50. Thank God For The Radio | Goodnight Hestia
  51. Playing The Role of Someone In Control | A Sober Head Full Of Confusion
  52. The Surfs of Yesteryear | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  53. The Surfs of Yesteryear | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  54. Kolejny, drugi post | Lepsze Katowice
  55. That song on the radio | THECHOCOLATEYDAYS
  56. Drops of Sorrow | Musings of a Soul Eclectic
  57. DP: THAT SONG! | Scorched Ice
  58. “Always something there to remind me” | Relax
  59. Remembering You… | Life Confusions
  60. Daily Prompt: Past – Glimpse of the 60′s | Different Isn’t Wrong, It’s Just Different
  61. Daily Prompt: Songs « My journey to qualify for the Boston Marathon…and everything in between…
  62. Life Will Be As It Should….(wp daily prompt) | Daily Observations
  63. Song of India | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  64. You’re my An, an, an angel | JED’s Playhouse
  65. My musical memory set list (Volume one) | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  66. San Jacinto | My Days In A Song
  67. Mulligan Stew | The Zombies Ate My Brains
  68. This Used To Be My Playground… | Steve Says…
  69. Torturing the Underclassmen (Daily Prompt) | Thinking Diagonally
  70. Daily Prompt: Tonight Is The Night…And I’m Feeling Alright | Morrighan’s Muse
  71. That Reminds Me of a Song | My Author-itis
  72. Daily Prompt: Always Something There to Remind Me | Diary of Dennis
  73. Always Something There to Remind Me – The First Lady in Red | Cancer Isn’t Pink
  74. Heading Back from the House in New Orleans | Touching the Mirage
  75. Bridge Over Troubled Water | Mindful Digressions
  76. “Always Something There to Remind Me” | Quando Porci Volare
  77. Daily Prompt: Being Reminded! | All Things Cute and Beautiful

I’ve Danced and Once!

I’ve danced and once. That was it and that’s it! I’m never doing it again.

We in India have a practice of leading the groom to the marriage hall and it’s one of the most festive occasions with lots of fun and lots and lots of dance. It’s so crazy that some faint, some need ice baths, some glucose water and energy drinks, and all of them look like they’ve arrived from a war when they finally reach the ceremony site! This part of the marriage is called a “Baaraat“. Yes they are “AAAAA” sounds (open your mouth out wide and just make a sound) on both sides of the “R”.

The dancing is the craziest part. I enjoyed it thoroughly when people and relatives danced madly for me in my marriage and I danced too, for myself, but most, who saw it, would say I looked more electrically shocked than a dancer, and even I refrain from calling it a dance. It was absolutely no holds barred. My brother made it his occasion though. He danced throughout the Baaraat and had to get his lungs pumped for air later, so tired was he. But it was terrific. I couldn’t have loved it more. But his advantage was always a lean body and that somehow he always got his moves gelled together beautifully.

In the image featured with this post, you’ll see a boy in a grey suit in the center. That’s my Brother and that was the madness that night!

Not me!

I am shy. I so hate my dancing skills that I’d rather even not talk about them. But as I am to talk about them in this daily prompt, I’ll say I’m slow, crawler, who moves like a sloth. Someone asked me then – “All prepped up for Baaraat?”. I started sweating profusely at the question itself. Oh how will I survive that ordeal?

The answer, as I’d come to know it, was in my mind itself. I understood the meaning of the term “Let Go” that night! It just ticked. I heard it tick. I think I’m understating it a bit. It was a ticking bomb waiting for that perfect condition. The songs were already playing and I saw a few of my relatives starting to gather between the commotion. I knew this was it. The volume rose, the beats started, and so did my feet. I didn’t care what song that was. After the first couple of moves, I thought it wasn’t difficult and people kind of expected me to dance that night. It was my brother’s marriage!

And once I started, I don’t remember stopping or pausing except for water breaks. I danced till the brothers from the girl side finally carried him into a prayer on their shoulders. And then we danced some more! I remember one of my better friends coming to meet me and I hugged him when suddenly my legs went numb and I fell right on his feet! Damn!

I’ve never danced more and I’ve now danced enough! But I learnt a lot about myself then, lessons never to be forgotten!

Let’s see what others think about dancing and whether they are one 😉 –

  1. of dancing with strange men | Anawnimiss
  2. Throwback Thursday | Rima Hassan
  3. Daily Prompt: Let’s Dance-Psychology Behind Moving Our Body | Journeyman
  4. Daily Prompt: Let’s Dance | Under the Monkey Tree
  5. Dancers in the Barren | Exploratorius
  6. Daily Prompt: Let’s Dance | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  7. Let’s Dance! Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  8. DP Daily Prompt: Let’s Dance | Sabethville
  9. Dancing On The Beach | The Ambitious Drifter
  10. Let’s Get Our Legs Bruised | Knowledge Addiction
  11. Flamenco | Foto Challenge
  12. Daily Prompt – Let’s Dance | I Hope You’re Taking Notes
  13. Daily Prompt: Let’s Dance | seikaiha’s blah-blah-blah
  14. Songs for Me and Only Me | Daily Prompt: Let’s Dance | likereadingontrains
  15. Tip and The Daily Prompt: Mom Taught Me The Chaleston | The Jittery Goat
  16. in concert, there ought | y
  17. annie | yi-ching lin photography
  18. Dancing Insults My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  19. …put on your red shoes and dance the blues | thoughtsofrkh
  20. Ring My Bell | Greg Urbano
  21. Full speed ahead | Crap I Blog About
  22. My Two Left Feet
  23. 269. Lord of the Dance | Barely Right of Center
  24. Cadence | La Gatita Oscura
  25. Put The Big Floppy Hat Down And Dance | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  26. Jive… | Hope* the happy hugger
  27. Not Dancing | Maria For Real
  28. Daily Prompt: Dance | EmeraldCity
  29. Daily Prompt: Let’s Dance | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  30. WordPress daily prompt: Let’s Dance | I solemnly swear i am upto no good!
  31. Solace | Prose of the Frequently Amused
  32. Dance On! | Life Confusions
  33. Daily Prompt: Being a Dancer! | All Things Cute and Beautiful
  34. Daily Prompt: An Ode to Dancing Memories | melanielynngriffin
  35. Broken Dreams? | Tale of Two Tomatoes
  36. DP: Let’s Dance – As the End Draws Near | aliabbasali
  37. DANCING PAINTED PONIES | SERENDIPITY
  38. Happy 30th Birthday, Daddy! | Beez Giftz
  39. Dance on and on and on and on | Emotional Fitness
  40. In the Mood | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  41. Movement | The Land Slide Photography
  42. Memories of Dancing | Flowers and Breezes
  43. Daring to Dance in the Early Days | This Is Real Life
  44. Make them laugh | Life is great
  45. Yellow Shirts and the Hokey-Pokey | …Then Came Dance
  46. Dancing in the Kitchen | Monica’s Musings
  47. Daily Prompt: Dance | Different Isn’t Wrong, It’s Just Different
  48. Daily Prompt: Let’s Dance | kimmcnulty
  49. Dancing with Dreams | snapshotsofawanderingheart
  50. Chubby Cheeks & Chubby Checker | bemuzin
  51. On the Road to Regionals… Literally! | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  52. Alley Cat | The Zombies Ate My Brains
  53. Daily Prompt: Doing the Hustle | Morrighan’s Muse
  54. Dance to the rhythm in your heart | sunny side dreamers
  55. Dance: Daily Post | Destino
  56. Dance your Dreams Out | Nerd.Laugh.Love
  57. Dance Dance Baybee!! | My pitter patter wordfaLL 🙂
  58. Feb Photo Challenge 27 | Queenie
  59. Waltzing Mildred | Musings of a Soul Eclectic
  60. LET’S DANCE! | Francine In Retirement
  61. Dancing With Girls! | My Musings | WANGSGARD.COM
  62. dancing days | eastelmhurst.a.go.go
  63. Good Old Mountain Music | Menimèse Creare
  64. Movement- Daily Prompt | The Rider
  65. Daily Prompt: Let’s Dance |
  66. You Lost WHAT On The Dance Floor?! | I AGREE with you but…
  67. Dancing On My Own… | Cabernet In The Dark
  68. The Lament | Blue Loft
  69. Let’s dance | Fictionalism
  70. … Remember that scene in Hitch? | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  71. Motivation: What Should I Do With My Life? | Mirth and Motivation
  72. DP: Movement | An old fart back in school
  73. My Earliest Memories of Dance | Woven Stars & Chocolate Bars
  74. Let’s Dance | An Accountant and a Mum
  75. Daily Prompt – Movement – Gracious |
  76. A Dancer’s Life Cycle | The Book of Shayne
  77. The Blog Farm | Motivation: What Should I Do With My Life?
  78. When Bowie Asks You to Dance, You Dance! | snippets and words
  79. Dance Dance Revolution | meg lago
  80. Daily Prompt: Dance Dance Dance | Life’s So Sweet
  81. Daily Prompt: Let’s Dance | Yowza, Here We Go!
  82. The next big thing | Trucker Turning Write
  83. Move | fifty5words
  84. Daily Prompt: Movement | That Montreal Girl
  85. Daily Prompt: Let’s Dance – Dancin’ with Myself | SA:ME (사메)
  86. Lawrence Welk and the Potion of Dance
  87. My DJ Dance Jukebox from Heaven | Kosher Adobo
  88. Lux
  89. b-girl | peacefulblessedstar
  90. Halloween Dance 1979 | 365 Days of Thank You
  91. MOVEMENT: A Mighty Move! | The Christian Gazette
  92. What are your earliest and fondest memories of dance? | askgrampa
  93. Dance Like Nobody’s Watching | Wiley’s Wisdom
  94. Just Keep Your Head Above | Wiley’s Wisdom
  95. Doing the Dance (knowing when to step forward and when to step back) | Love, Support, Educate, Advocate, Accept…
  96. Tradition | Wanderlein

Rockstar – Not So Much!

I was in real hurry but only to soak my body in a hot shower. I’m tired and I had made up my mind to not bother myself with today’s daily prompt but here I am writing two for it. I guess I misled people and this is the clarification.

Trust me when I say this, I’ve only held the drumming sticks once in my life and kicked the bass twice and that was back in my primary school. So if any of you are thinking that I’m a cool ass drummer, pardon me for my post in response to the daily prompt. I just tried writing a piece that enacted my imagination!

I’ve grown so much into listening and perceiving the songs that I so love, not much effort went into learning the instruments that made them. Not that I’m a complete douche at instruments. I understand the ABCD of it all. I learnt synth in my primary school and but gave it up and have never again tried it. Don’t really know why. Never asked myself that question. I’m so happy living with my music than playing it, learning the music never got much attention in my small little head.

My brother did. He learnt flute while in secondary school and was a part of the school band that won trophies in inter-school competitions. He learnt guitar and drums in college, was the lead guitar player in the college band, wrote a song on his own, recorded it, and got famous.

He often pushed me but I guess the fear of rejection pegged me. What if people made fun of me for my failures or bad tunes? Seriously? I now think what-the-hell was I thinking! Ashamed of what? People have a habit of laughing at people who want to follow their heart and they go to unimaginable lengths to suppress one’s desires by ridiculing their efforts. I think I am now ready to learn the instruments that I so love and practice in the air. It’s called “Air-Drumming”. I think I’ll do pretty well too.

But a few words still hold from my previous post – I wish I was Dave Lombardo!

Keeping his fingers crossed,

Your’s Truly!

Trackbacks and Pingbacks –

  1. Accomplished | Rima Hassan
  2. Dhol (a drum) | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  3. Rockstar! | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  4. Sometimes you have to simply stop and think | From One Crazy Life To Another
  5. Harmonized Taps for JFK | Exploratorius
  6. The Man From Bug and The Daily Prompt | The Jittery Goat
  7. One Crazy Mom » We Got The Beat
  8. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  9. I was picked last for family band camp | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  10. Jamming | Knowledge Addiction
  11. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat- Music Performance | Journeyman
  12. Daily Prompt: We Got The Beat | Incidents of a Dysfunctional Spraffer
  13. Photographer declares war on Food Porn. | Greg Urbano
  14. DP Daily Prompt: We Got The Beat | Sabethville
  15. If I Had The Courage | Musings | WANGSGARD.COM
  16. My Band: a poem – Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  17. I Wanna Be A Riot Grrrl | RinnyWee
  18. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat | Awl and Scribe
  19. Just call me Tabbycat… part of the T’Cats crew. | thoughtsofrkh
  20. DAILY PROMPT: Performance “I’m not in a band BUT…” | cockatooscreeching
  21. Performance | My Little Avalon
  22. Anyone For Polka | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  23. If We Could Be ‘The Batshit Crazies’ | jigokucho
  24. Daily post theme: Performance | The Wandering Poet
  25. Rockstars in the Making | snapshotsofawanderingheart
  26. I’m IN the Band | S K I P
  27. My Part of Heaven | Flowers and Breezes
  28. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat « Mama Bear Musings
  29. Drum Roll Please…. | Life Confusions
  30. One, two, three! | Life is great
  31. YO we got that BEAT! | My pitter patter wordfaLL 🙂
  32. Have I Ever?! | Forever Autumn
  33. We Got the Beat | I Write Therefore I Am
  34. CHOSEN | mnemosynesandlethe
  35. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat | Sued51’s Blog
  36. Pre-gig rituals | A picture is worth 1000 words
  37. Flash Fiction: The Cello | Sarah’s Typos
  38. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat, 25.02.14 | Markie’s Daily Blog
  39. Once upon a time I used to write music. | Simple Heart Girl
  40. Signs of Life | The Nameless One
  41. Daily Prompt: We Got The Beat | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  42. Make your child do this! | Parents Are People Too
  43. She’s got balls! I wish I could do that! | Mishe en Place
  44. This one time at Band Camp…. | Green Embers
  45. duets sssss (double acrostic/tanka) | peacefulblessedstar
  46. Daily Prompt: Being Musical! | All Things Cute and Beautiful
  47. Daily Prompt – Performance | Nicola Kirk
  48. I’ve Still got the Beat, Grandpa | The Shotgun Girls
  49. Stop me? | martha0stout
  50. The Healing Process | melissuhhsmiles
  51. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat | Diary of Dennis
  52. Music, a Memoir. Kinda Like Dick and Jane only Sideways | The Zombies Ate My Brains
  53. A Lesson from my Piano Teacher, Advice I Didn’t take | Kosher Adobo
  54. HE LIFTS US UP: Song for Abuse Victims | ChristianBlessings
  55. SYMPHONY | hastywords
  56. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat | Po’ Girl Shines
  57. Daily Prompt: We’ve Got the Beat | Lady K’s Lounge
  58. The Fluting Mime | Kate Murray
  59. I Can’t Sing, I Can’t Play, I Look Awful… | Steve Says…
  60. landing is always | y
  61. What Sort of Music – Just Sing a Song
  62. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/daily-prompt-we-got-the-beat/ | Menimèse Creare
  63. Sing It With Peelings | The Book of Shayne
  64. Daily Prompt: Performance | An American in Norway, a Citizen of the World
  65. Music: Enjoy The Beat… | Mirth and Motivation
  66. The Band of Books and Booze and Brilliance. | meg lago
  67. Performance | La Gatita Oscura
  68. BE WITH BEAUTY | Emotional Fitness
  69. We Got the Beat! | 365 Days of Thank You
  70. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat – I Wanna Rock! | SA:ME (사메)
  71. We Got the Beat! | Alexia Jones
  72. Punched pause | fifty5words
  73. You kick it into 4-wheel drive, and you go… til you hear the banjo. | thisblogisepic
  74. Mr Seah (dotcom!) | Firebrands: a short tale of success, failure, and rebirth
  75. Sister, Let the band play on? | Lynne McAennyl
  76. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
  77. I Thought I got the Beat | Inks and Scribbles
  78. Daily Post: Performance | Destino
  79. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat | Basically Beyond Basic

Beats Till My Heart Beats

Dave Lombardo
Dave Lombardo

I’m not doing this prompt! I have no time for it.

I have my bands jamming session to catch up to! So I’ll keep it really short. I do the opposite things in the band. I am either a singer or more preferably a drummer! Oh how I love those sticks in my hands when I vent out my anger on that poor set. I love playing.

It gives a rhythm to my heart. And that song. That song that I won’t write. I just give the one thing that a song requires the most – a beat. I’m that heartbeat that keeps a song rolling, never letting it die. I decide the pace or I keep up with the pace. Because if I slow down, I take matters in my own hands. That’s when a band looks at me and we improvise. That crispy sound, the clear cling from a cymbal, the thump from the pad, the crash from the crashes and the beat from the bass. I give it all. I love it all.

For all you health freaks, it’s a better exercise than anything you’d want to believe.

Nope I’m the drummer. Fuck the singer! I wish I was Dave Lombardo from the “Skeleton Christ” or “Cult”! 😀

Lets see who is what in a band

  1. Accomplished | Rima Hassan
  2. Dhol (a drum) | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  3. Rockstar! | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  4. Sometimes you have to simply stop and think | From One Crazy Life To Another
  5. Harmonized Taps for JFK | Exploratorius
  6. The Man From Bug and The Daily Prompt | The Jittery Goat
  7. One Crazy Mom » We Got The Beat
  8. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  9. I was picked last for family band camp | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  10. Jamming | Knowledge Addiction
  11. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat- Music Performance | Journeyman
  12. Daily Prompt: We Got The Beat | Incidents of a Dysfunctional Spraffer
  13. Photographer declares war on Food Porn. | Greg Urbano
  14. DP Daily Prompt: We Got The Beat | Sabethville
  15. If I Had The Courage | Musings | WANGSGARD.COM
  16. My Band: a poem – Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  17. I Wanna Be A Riot Grrrl | RinnyWee
  18. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat | Awl and Scribe
  19. Just call me Tabbycat… part of the T’Cats crew. | thoughtsofrkh
  20. DAILY PROMPT: Performance “I’m not in a band BUT…” | cockatooscreeching
  21. Performance | My Little Avalon
  22. Anyone For Polka | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  23. If We Could Be ‘The Batshit Crazies’ | jigokucho
  24. Daily post theme: Performance | The Wandering Poet
  25. Rockstars in the Making | snapshotsofawanderingheart
  26. I’m IN the Band | S K I P
  27. My Part of Heaven | Flowers and Breezes
  28. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat « Mama Bear Musings
  29. Drum Roll Please…. | Life Confusions
  30. One, two, three! | Life is great
  31. YO we got that BEAT! | My pitter patter wordfaLL 🙂
  32. Have I Ever?! | Forever Autumn
  33. We Got the Beat | I Write Therefore I Am
  34. CHOSEN | mnemosynesandlethe
  35. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat | Sued51’s Blog
  36. Pre-gig rituals | A picture is worth 1000 words
  37. Flash Fiction: The Cello | Sarah’s Typos
  38. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat, 25.02.14 | Markie’s Daily Blog
  39. Once upon a time I used to write music. | Simple Heart Girl
  40. Signs of Life | The Nameless One
  41. Daily Prompt: We Got The Beat | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  42. Make your child do this! | Parents Are People Too
  43. She’s got balls! I wish I could do that! | Mishe en Place
  44. This one time at Band Camp…. | Green Embers
  45. duets sssss (double acrostic/tanka) | peacefulblessedstar
  46. Daily Prompt: Being Musical! | All Things Cute and Beautiful
  47. Daily Prompt – Performance | Nicola Kirk
  48. I’ve Still got the Beat, Grandpa | The Shotgun Girls
  49. Stop me? | martha0stout
  50. The Healing Process | melissuhhsmiles
  51. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat | Diary of Dennis
  52. Music, a Memoir. Kinda Like Dick and Jane only Sideways | The Zombies Ate My Brains
  53. A Lesson from my Piano Teacher, Advice I Didn’t take | Kosher Adobo
  54. HE LIFTS US UP: Song for Abuse Victims | ChristianBlessings
  55. SYMPHONY | hastywords
  56. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat | Po’ Girl Shines
  57. Daily Prompt: We’ve Got the Beat | Lady K’s Lounge
  58. The Fluting Mime | Kate Murray
  59. I Can’t Sing, I Can’t Play, I Look Awful… | Steve Says…
  60. landing is always | y
  61. What Sort of Music – Just Sing a Song
  62. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/daily-prompt-we-got-the-beat/ | Menimèse Creare
  63. Sing It With Peelings | The Book of Shayne
  64. Daily Prompt: Performance | An American in Norway, a Citizen of the World
  65. Music: Enjoy The Beat… | Mirth and Motivation
  66. The Band of Books and Booze and Brilliance. | meg lago
  67. Performance | La Gatita Oscura
  68. BE WITH BEAUTY | Emotional Fitness
  69. We Got the Beat! | 365 Days of Thank You
  70. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat – I Wanna Rock! | SA:ME (사메)
  71. We Got the Beat! | Alexia Jones
  72. Punched pause | fifty5words
  73. You kick it into 4-wheel drive, and you go… til you hear the banjo. | thisblogisepic
  74. Mr Seah (dotcom!) | Firebrands: a short tale of success, failure, and rebirth
  75. Sister, Let the band play on? | Lynne McAennyl
  76. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
  77. I Thought I got the Beat | Inks and Scribbles
  78. Daily Post: Performance | Destino
  79. Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat | Basically Beyond Basic

Krishna

I remember that afternoon. My brother had gone to his school and I was home on the preparatory leave for my 8th Board Exams. It was so sunny, not a cloud in the sky when mom decided that we had to go to the supermarket for somethings. I loved that market for the complex that housed the market had many shops that served my taste buds.

Mom and I sat on our Luna Super Star and off we went. There was a gift store right beside the market, Archies, that had 2 cassettes displayed on the rack. I recognized these albums from MTV for I knew songs from both and even Mom had heard them and loved them. Her near childish demeanor for new music still surprises me and it did that afternoon too.

The other song that we had heard from this album was –

This song is so hip and so pop and doesn’t at all relate to the other topic the artists were about to touch in Krishna. We had no clue how it would sound but the entire experience and the thrill of it is still fresh in my head! It’s a fantastic album for those of you who haven’t heard it yet with very special meanings!

The other album was Aby Baby by Amitabh Bachchan.

Thanks Mom for always bringing out the best of our (me and my brothers) taste in music. I won’t place anyone else there with you. It’s really special and at the top!

P.S. – Pardon me for the poor quality of the videos but these are the best youtube gave me.

Backstreet Boys – The World Has Moved On

In which world exactly are Backstreet Boys still delivering hits? Do they think they owe the world their presence because they have a legacy to live up to? Someone living close to them must drop a message at one of the group members house to stop making albums totally. The world has moved on from their sound!

Zee2Etch Task #6 – Publish a post with a new element

This is a folk rock song from an up and coming artist Abhinav Bansal. 

An amazingly creative music director. You may listen to a lot more of his songs on his profile at SoundCloud. He has an amazing voice too.

The song above relates a very rare thing that becomes part of our life in times of celebrations erasing darkness – Fire Crackers.

This song in a gist suggests, what kind of world we live in, where we gather happiness from burning fire crackers, causing commotion, smoke, only to please Goddess Laxmi. The crackers won’t kill the Ravanas and culprits of the society because they live inside us together with love, the love that we should emanate which will burn all the evil.

This is task #6 for the zero to hero challenge but I really wanted to share this artist since long. Damn my memory!

I have actually posted SoundCloud element on my blog before but this was the best I could get to share with y’all today!

Sunn Raha Hai Na Tu – Aashiqui 2

Perhaps a lot of hapless bands in India can take a lot out of these songs. There definitely are better artists in India than this song portraits but they are being lost into oblivion. Obviously Ankit Tiwari, the singer, did a fantabulous job making the song as energetic yet mellow. The guitars definitely helped.

My view – the song rocks.

Dave Mustaine v/s Metallica

I know I know. I’m too small and too uneducated a human to judge anything about these Gods of metal!

Still, I think Metallica lost a lot in losing Dave Mustaine. They could have been what no one in future could ever have been. On a positive note though, with their separation, may be Dave got what he always would have yearned for – a huge creative room for excellence which he has constantly displayed through Megadeth! And hence, we now have not one but two super great Metal bands in Megadeth and Metallica!

All hail Megadeth and Metallica – from a forever fan of metal!

PLOP – A reality check!

If you think that playing songs on your phone at full blast while you are in the toilet, kills all the ‘PLOP’ noise and keeps it from reaching outside, you are grossly mistaken!!!

Spell-Casted under!

For any of you wondering why I have written my posts in third person, it has a very personal touch to it.

As a kid, I always felt a bit let down by myself for I could never expressed myself. Not once. I guess from somewhere it got programmed into me that what your parents tell you is the best for you and everyone else around you. “Fair enough”, – I may have thought. But what they failed to tell me is I need to talk to let myself out of the cage which was fast filling up with crying, yelling, screaming, dying ideas. It was a young mind. I may have had a thousand things I may have said or told but none ever came out. And so died the ideas, the thoughts and the spirit. The funny thing is, I never got the thought that it was my muted-ness that was letting me down and it could be corrected. Even funnier is the thought that I always believed that people are forever gonna be around me to correct me, to guide me ‘coz if they ever were, they were never around to hear me, feel me. help me. Not that I blame them, for all of them had their own skeletons in their closets to deal with. They dealt with them, could deal with them for they were mature. I couldn’t as I was small. I didn’t know what it meant and what it’s repercussions were. By the time I was prepared enough to deal with them, so was my life to fuck me over and over till nothing but shambles remained. The problem was, my skeletons never came out. They remained, they remain and will forever remain ‘coz they can’t be revealed. They can destroy my world.

But it wasn’t like me right now. I talk, I say what I believe in and I give a fuck to people who say things behind my back for they never have had balls to face me. Face me bullshitters. I will say it if it’s right and condemn it if it’s not. This is me right now – on your face.

This is me but the childhood guy was him. The one I despise, the one I hate for he ruined my life. He is my past. I wish I could just push him into a closet and lock the door forever but I can’t. He is strong. He has powers over me, ones I can’t escape, ones I’m spell-casted under.

Funnily enough, Winamp is playing songs that are fueling my rage to its absolute limit –

1. Words are weapons by Eminem

2. Fall into sleep by Mudvayne.

Shivers down my spine!

Three songs that no matter what the circumstances are – send shivers down my spine:

1. Flying in a blue dream – Joe Satriani

It sends shivers of peace, calm, cool warmth.

2. Hell is Home – Judas Priest

It sends shivers of anger, power and disdain for the world.

3. Suicidal Dream – Silverchair

It sends shivers of loneliness, fear of death and fearful dreams

I will keep adding to this list for my own safe-keep. Anyone else who feels the same about some of the songs that they listen to?

The Influence and Legacy of Ravi Shankar

One of the best articles I have read on Pt. Ravi Shankar. Please read it. Terrific insight about the man who made genres and their mixtures available to Indians. A Pioneer!

How MIDI changed the world of music

 

BBC News – How MIDI changed the world of music.

Think it should have been awarded with the “Technology of the 20th Century” award! It changed our lives forever.

History of MP3

History of MP3.

Was going through some research of mine and thought I would share this. How is it I never thought about learning about the history of the most important thing in our lives? I wonder.

Limp Bizkit and Me!

It all started with my new crush to buy music cassettes in 1999. I had just started to learn the art of saving money from my pocket money and had gleefully and very guiltily started making rounds of a small time music store in my home town. An year went by buying cassettes in various genres- commercial rock, trance, pop, boy bands etc. He had a very limited collection of rock music and whatever he had, was visible in the flap shelf on the left hand side. Since the very first time I visited his shop, I had my eyes on a black album cover that had a few skeletons and I could never relate them to starfishes and hot-dogs. But then, one day after my coaching classes, I went up to the shop and asked him for the black and brown cassette. He pulled it out of his bag and said,”Bahaut mast bik rahi hai. Le lo!” (It’s selling like hot cakes. Buy it). And I got one home.


It was back in 1999 when we had gotten ourselves an AIWA music system (2200W) that had sound that we had actually never heard before. And so fittingly the best cassette that I apparently bought till then had to be played on that system after an year. It had then cost me Rs. 125/- and I was praying for the sound to be something good. I snuck the cassette in the player and waited for the first 18-20 seconds. And then it started,”Rules in the house, Rules in the house, Rules in the house… Limp Bizkit is in the house, Bring it all”! The beats were unheard of and it was my first actual foray into Metal of any kind although the ‘Intro’ wouldn’t let me know of that. The ‘Intro’ when it started, at the first beat I turned around and looked behind at my bro and a smile escaped my face. I just couldn’t believe the sound. My mom and dad were fighting in the bedroom and we knew that we were onto something that we were really enjoying – by an absolute fluke.

The next song played and it started,”Ladies and Gentlemen! Introducing the Chocolate Starfiiiiish… and the Hotdog Flavored Water…….. bring it all”.

I was already over the moon by then!

I’ll never forget that evening. I had NOW started liking metal even after I had already listened to Metallica and Iron Maiden before but never quite really liked them. May be the sound and the style just appealed to me so much that I decided that this cassette will play every morning on my system. And it did. I made it a habit to listen to it and learn all those songs by-heart. After sometime, I could have re-written all the songs on the paper in my sleep. This was the time when I was not too much into the nitty-gritties of the sound. Couldn’t really understand what was good and what was bad and what really kicked ass. All I knew was this sound is just definitely good. That was the time when no one around me used to listen to the same music that I used to listen to since, most didn’t subscribe to the metal culture around us and with the limited earning of my dad, things were quite bleak in our class of people. Back then lyrics were really important to me and some of the songs case in point ‘My Way’, ‘Rollin”, ‘The One’, ‘It’ll Be Ok’ and ‘Boiler’ really really appealed to me ‘coz of their lyrics. To emphasize just how these songs had changed the way I have been thinking ever since, I can say that I have started living my life the ‘My Way’ style. The emotional and the drama components of ‘It’ll be Ok’ still make me stop whatever I am doing and just feel the song. ‘Hold On’ has a lot of components that are very Indian for example the tune of the song. Can’t believe me? Listen to a lot of songs from Colonial Cousins and people can start co-relating their thoughts with me. ‘Boiler’ reminds me of my failures and how I have overcome them. It tells you to get back up and reminds me of the inner rage in me. The brash sound that this album had always rung my brain to the core. I have always loved this album.

The time was ripe now that I started looking for another Limp Bizkit and it wasn’t too far. The orange and blue image of the emcee with a red ball cap always was under my eyes in the same shop but never caught my attention. The ‘Intro’ was so-so to be precise for any first-timer. These were strange sounds to me and took me a while to get used to them but I guess that’s the aim for any album. Get the audience used to the new sound and make them believe that what the album contains is exactly what the audience wanted. Just to point it out, I always found the cassette quality of Interscope Records a bit shabby. The tape would stick and had to be rewinded quite a lot to play the entire record properly on a walkman. Even my player struggled. But that’s ok. And I’ll say it again. It took me quite a while to get used to the sound of this album. But as I would later find out for myself and discover – ‘Significant Other’ was the best album Limp Bizkit ever made.


It had the right mix of everything to a point wherein it was actually hard to believe that I was hearing perfection. John Otto really really impressed me in this album. The punk beats, the crispness of it all, the bass pieces from Sam Rivers and small riffs from Wes Borland and not to forget the amazing lyrics from Fred Durst just blew me over in a few months. By the time I got addicted to this album, I had already reached college and separating from my home for a hostel was a very hard thing for me to do. I cried a lot sometimes, for this insane world could really come close to driving me crazy and at that time, ‘Significant Other’ and my walkman were all I had and all I heard. I remember walking on the by-lanes of my colony on a lonely road with my walkman on and crying and crying and ‘Rearranged’ playing. It really boosted me up. I learnt to stand up against people with this song. ‘Nookie’ was a strange one. Although it always had the content that I so wanted to hear, my ears kept repelling the song. Somehow, only the catch line at the end caught me –

“I’m only human
It’s so easy for your friends to give you their advice
They’ll tell you, just let it go
It’s easier said than done
I appreciate it, I do, but
Just leave me alone
Leave me alone
Just leave me alone”.

It always had the effect of catching me while I was falling and I was revamped after listening to this song. ‘Just Like This’ was a full blow song. Same as ‘Break Stuff’ and ‘I’m Broke’. They would provide me my kick when I was already elated or happy. Jolly songs I would say. One serious song amongst these was ‘Nobody Like You’. The special appearance by Jonathan Davis was a real bonus in this track and provided the song with enough pepper and novelty to blow me over. It became my special song when I STRONGLY started hating my then girl friend. ‘9 Teen 90 Nine’ was a song that would teleport me to a stage performing live in a concert and would rock me throughout with amazing beats by Otto and awesome scratching sounds by DJ Lethal. But the most powerful lyrics in the album belonged to a verse in the song ‘Trust?’ –

I take it back
those thoughts are kinda whack.
Don’t really need that kind of karma on the track.
Maybe Freddy Krueger
will step into your dream
and burn you like a demon
and leave your ass screamin’.
To be exact I wanted to react.
Mission of attack.
Your head was gettin’ cracked!!
but you’re a human bein’
that’s lucky to be breathin’
and that’s that!!…
that’s that!!…
I don’t trust nobody
and nobody trust me.
Never gonna trust anybody
and that’s the way its gonna be!!….

I mean the sound in this verse was mind blowing. Rest of the songs can come by you and fly by you like the ludity in ‘No Sex’ or the recital of the cities in ‘Show me what you got’. I have this album still. The cassette still remains and so does my music system and so remain the memories that I have gathered with the sound of this album.

I was still in college and had been waiting for the next album from Limp Bizkit when they launched the single ‘Eat You Alive’. I still remember the times when I would kill my pocket money to go to internet cafes only to listen to this song. I did that for 3 months till I would have my own copy of the album itself. It had the makings of the perfect album but apparently, I had no idea about what was going on inside the band itself and why the album will have to suffer for it.


I had ordered for the cassette of this album from the nearby city as the city of my college had no shop of any pedigree to reflect upon my taste of music which had developed nicely to include Joe Satriani, Creed, Linkin Park and Matchbox Twenty in my favorites list.

The album, though it only did mediocre business worldwide, always had few of my favorite tracks like the cover song ‘Eat You Alive’, ‘Underneath the Gun’, ‘Almost Over’, ‘Lonely World’, ‘Creamer’ and ‘Behind Blue Eyes’. All of them for the same reason – lyrics. They all sounded the same – with repetitive patterns on bass and guitars that would guide the song. The major difference this album had from the previous albums from Limp Bizkit was – it had been mellowed down considerably.

I had to wait for 2 more years for the next Limp Bizkit album ‘The Unquestionable Truth – Part 1’ and the fact that Wes Borland was back in the original line-up made me wait for it even more eagerly. I didn’t have my walkman with me when I got hold of this cassette in 2005 November. Gazing through the lyrics on the album cover and insides made me believe that this one carried messages and was written on common problems that Americans in general faced. The music was experimental but very fresh. Although, the album had limited visibility as it was released underground, it made sure that it rung bells with everyone who heard it as it did with me. I was amazed at the guitar riffs and style of percussion which I later found out was not done by Otto. Moreover, this album got me motivated again and had myself hope for a better direction and better sound that would have graduated from this album. I seriously still believe that LB could have continued with the same sound because it was new and had a killer instinct about it. The songs names were nearly unicoded – all of them started with ‘The’. My favorites among them were all but one. ‘The Priest’ never could touch me as I could never connect with the song since it signified a problem that I could never face in my own life. For the rest of them, I would give this EP 4.5/5 for the effort in the sound and the direction of music.


The next album saw a period that turned me from a teenager to a man who has a wife and I had been waiting and waiting for an LB album. The moment I heard of the news that the entire LB line-up had returned, tantalized my nearly dead taste-buds for metal. I say that because the metal sound that we hear today hardly resembles like the metal we loved and grew up with and it is very very hard to digest. The electronic sounds, unnecessary effects have nearly killed metal except for the likes of Opeth, Dream theater, Tool who have kept the tradition alive and have been quite fantastic about doing it. But all this for later.

‘Gold Cobra’ made it into my collection in June’2011. And I couldn’t keep my hands off it for around a month till I had learnt all the songs by heart – yet again (as was my habit). The sound was amazing but could not beat ‘Significant Other’. I can’t remember being so happy at listening an album. I loved it ‘coz I love LB. The ‘Introbra’ is the darkest intro I have heard till date on any album. ‘Bring It Back’ is a very aggressive song with punk beats and metal mixed together and reminds me of nothing but punk metal that LB was famous for. ‘Gold Cobra’ is the flagship song of this album and has a mid tempo with nice thrash sound. ‘Shark Attack’ is the song I like the most in this album. A high tempo song that’ll really raise the hearbeats. ‘Shotgun’ is basically an anthem of sorts and is real heavy metal. ‘Douche Bag’ is a high tempo song that I absolutely love on this album. ‘Walking Away’ is mellow and concentrates more on lyrics and emotions and had has drama around it. ‘Autotunage’ is an experiment with autotune sounds with FD making a mockery of it in the song ‘Loser’.

I hope and pray that LB keeps it tight together for years to come and keeps its fans like me going with more and more metal that is authentic and original with occasional experiments.