I am neck deep in exams and survival in these times is hard, my fellow engineers in making will agree. Its the time when most of us are found running around the nerds looking for notes to study, sleeplessly studying every night, alright not exactly sleeplessly, sleep deprived, clueless, trying to figure out how leaky bucket fits in data communications. The leaky bucket sounds more like a problem for Harry Potter to solve with his super cool wand, well until you actually read about it. Read about it only if you have nothing to do or if you are appearing in the exam with me this Tuesday.
I have found amazing ways to relax when I am sick of trying to figure out things like the algorithm mentioned above. One of course is ranting here on the blog, my archives are an alibi to the fact that I write maximum in exam months. The second is music, nothing new about it, but I wanted to share some specific songs that have gotten into my system and refuse to budge. Here is the list, hope you enjoy the songs as well.
1) I don’t want to talk about it- Rod Stewart:
Rod is known for his raspy voice, this particular song came out in 1975 for his album Atlantic crossing. Its about a person who has got their heart broken and has been left alone. Despite that fact they love the person who loved them, it is a sad song. I sort of like the version with Amy Belle more. If you can please send me the download link for that. Other songs to by Rod Stewart you should listen to are First Cut is the deepest, Maggie May, Da Ya Think I’m sexy and You wear it well.
2) A thousand kisses deep- Leonard Cohen
I got hooked on to this song just a few days back, I had the entire Leonard Cohen collection in my playlist but never paid much attention to it. There is something enchanting about his voice. This particular song has amazing lyrics with deep meaning. My favorite lines are:
“And maybe I had miles to drive,
And promises to keep:
You ditch it all to stay alive,
A Thousand Kisses Deep.”
Then the paradox in the lines:
“You win a while, and then it’s done
Your little winning streak.
And summoned now to deal
With your invincible defeat,
You live your life as if it’s real,
A Thousand Kisses Deep.”
At certain point you win but then comes a point when that comes to an end and you dissatisfied but you are blinded by love and still live your life a thousand kisses deep. The song is generally about falling in love and the odds in that love. Other songs to listen by Leonard Cohen are Hallelujah, Who by Fire, Waiting for the miracle and The stranger song.
3) Right before my eyes-Cage The Elephant
I discovered cage the elephant sometime back and love most of their songs, I have no idea what the song means. So as long as its good to hear I will keep listening. Listen to Flow, Shake me down, Rubber Ball and Always something as well.
4) I want to break free-Queen:
The video of this sing is so cool, I like singing this too, to the horror of people around me. The song is about breaking free from the person he was in love with.
“I want to break free
I want to break free from your lies
You’re so self satisfied, I don’t need you
I’ve got to break free
God knows, God knows I want to break free”
He is desperate and is sick of that person and there is nothing else he wants to do apart from breaking free.
5) The difference- Matchbox Twenty
Again a song about love lost, looks like I am a sucker for songs like this and I just realized that. A sad song a little long nearly 8 minutes but one of the best songs by matchbox twenty. When this song ends that is at four minutes there is some other song in the track which is not at all linked to The difference and so you don’t really need to bother to listen to the entire 8 minutes.
6) Smoke on water- Deep Purple
Its about Deep Purple singing about its recording the hotel they were staying at burnt down. Awesome song I love the line ” Smoke on the water, Fire in the sky” Other songs to listen to by Deep Purple are Highway Star and Child in Time.
7) Born in USA- Bruce Springsteen:
This song may not be seen as a patriotic song by most. It tells what America is like, love it or leave it. It was written in 1984 and generally is interpreted as a song for the Vietnam war. Another great by Bruce is I’m on fire, it has been sung with great emotion in his voice, its passionate and worth listening to.
8) To Darkness- Mumford and Sons and Laura Marling
Please tell me where I can download this song from, I have searched but just can’t find it, always have to go to youtube to listen to it. This song was a part of the 2009 Mumford and Sons and Laura Marling album which was embarked on cultural exchange with traditional Rajasthani musicians Dharohar Project, involving some unlikely collaborations and gigs together in Delhi.The opening of To The Darkness explodes into a tantric swell of banjos and duelling sitars, as Marcus’ gravelly roar is overwhelmed by yelping, hollering, shrieks of Punjabi pleasure. I fall in love with this sing whenever I listen to it. All songs of this album are good, have you still haven’t heard them…go to youtube right now.
This was my list of songs I enjoy and you might like as well, enjoy your weekend with these amazing tracks while I will enjoy them while I am still figuring out the leaky bucket.
PS: I have the passes to this lit fest happening here courtesy my mom, I won’t be able to attend all sessions because of exams but will go to a few. My next blog post will be about that although might be a little delayed.