I started listening to Music and watching movies long back. The first song I remember listing to is either Rasputin from Boney M or Ojah Awake from Osibisa. Osibisa is not a popular band, I remember listening to some of the numbers from this Band when I was in primary school. My father had these cassettes and I was lucky to get introduced to Music in style. When I was very young we did not have a television at home. The first Movie I remember going to theater and watching is Aatukkara Alamelu in Tamil and The 36th Chamber of Shaolin in English. My uncle took me and my brother to The 36th Chamber of Shaolin at Safire Theater in Chennai. Those days going to theater would be once a year during summer holidays and listening to Music might be once a month when my parents step out. Don’t miss to click the below link to listen to Ojah Awake.
After I moved to Senior Secondary School we had more freedom and we also did things without the knowledge of our parents. When I was in Senior Secondary School and College I started listening to Michael Jackson, Madonna, Pet Shop Boys, Wham or George Michael, Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Prince, A-ha, etc.., Some of my favorite numbers were Thriller, Beat it, La Isla Bonita, Papa Don’t Preach, Domino Dancing, Heart, Careless Whispers, Last Christmas, Take on me, I just called to say I love you and Another Day in Paradise. The movies that I liked when I was in Senior School and College is Action. I was a big fan of Rajinikanth and I used to watch most of his movies first day first show. His movies were known for action and style. I also watched some of the action packed English movies in theater or at home picking video cassettes from library.
When I was in College I started going to Sabarimala. Kindly refer the attached link which details my Sabarimala Experience. https://rainbow-thoughts.com/2020/05/22/my-sabarimala-experience/ When I observe sixty days fasting, I neither listen to Music nor watch Movies. During these days I listen to lot of devotional songs. My favorite song that can bring tears in my eyes when I listen at Sabarimala is Harivarasanam by K. J. Yesudas. This is the song which is played at Sabarimala to make Lord Aiyyappa sleep. Listening to this song at Sabarimala after climbing forty eight miles is an experience that very few might be blessed to have, I was one of the luckiest. If you have not listened to this, Kindly click the below link to listen to the most melodious track.
When I started going to work I started listening to more of Rock Music. My favorite bands are Dire Straits and Pink Floyd. My favorite numbers forever are Money for Nothing and Another Brick in the Wall. I listen to these two tracks even now and when I listen to them, I go back in my life and start thinking about those wonderful days. I also started listening to Ilayaraja’s numbers during these years, even today when I listen to some of his songs I go back to school or college and remember my school classmates. When I started going to work I was also watching lot of Romance movies. According to me people of 80s and 90s were very lucky because, we got the Best Music and Movies in these decades. Here is the link to my All Time Favorite Song, Money for Nothing.
The last few years I don’t listen to Pop or Rock regularly. Maybe once a week I will listen to Rock or watch these videos on YouTube. I totally lost interest in Action or Romance movies. Nowadays, I listen to lot of classical Music. When I listen to Yanni I even forget where am sitting. I know nothing about Carnatic Music or Raagas. I still listen to Carnatic Vocal and Instrumental music. This brings lot of peace on my mind and I like the Music to be soft these days. I cannot watch any of today’s Action or Romance Movies. I prefer watching the old Black and White Movies in YouTube or some of the Hidden Gems or old English movies in Netflix. When I was young, I used to think about my Dad and relatives, how they listen to Carnatic Music or watch the old Black and White Movies. Today, I know why they were watching when I now experience it. One exception to movies is, I don’t mind watching any of Tom Hanks or Leonardo DiCaprio movie anytime.
When I was young I liked the action movies and pop music, as I grew up it was the romance and rock, now I like the classical movies and music. Am of the opinion there is a strong connection between our age and the Music that we listen and Movies we watch. Whatever Music we listen or Whatever Movies we watch, life without them is impossible, enjoy watching and listening. Take Care and Be Safe.