Back to Music
A passion that takes you to the ecstasy of sound…! Undoubtedly that’s the magic of music…
When you get back to your favorite music as a serious listener is something like replaying that perfect combination of nostalgic tunes and the pleasure it gives you back the harmony of peacefulness. It’s indeed relaxing…!
So let me get back to what I wanted to share about my Musical Sunday mornings…! Looking beyond the balcony through your first layer of greenery..first one my micro farming… grow bag with curry leaves then few tomato plants. Next layer the garden lawn ( bit dried up some parts due to hot summer) then the third layer the far away trees with lush green tops.. Amazing feeling for any nature lover…! Road is lazy being a Sunday… Silent…! Mind feels really relaxing and refreshing.
The perfect ambience set for listening to the beautiful songs of many extra ordinary artistes that grabbed me, to be honest very few new comers in my list. The collection from the audio tapes to cd took some time. Thanks to Landmark shop my preferred online music shop and very prompt and perfect in delivery and even they replaced one poor quality cd. Still I have few good old cd’s bought in 1998 from Music world, Brigade Road, Bangalore, especially AIR SUPPLY and But Seriously by Phil Collins and few other I have lost like Black or White from MJ and Candle in the wind by Elton John along with few Micheal Bolton numbers, Vanessa Williams too. Looking forward collecting them again. Tracy Chapman is the favorite in my list.
The beginning was filled with Madonna and Michael Jackson..Papa Don’t preach to Bad…Thriller… a stage that was driven by unknown factors and may be news or availability of cassettes. The big banner was Magnasound. First generation Indian Pop world was having Alisha Chinoy, Parvathi Khan, Bally Sagoo, Remo Fernades, Sunita Rao , Lucky Ali, Rageswari, Anaida and Baba Sehgal. Then came the Colonial Cousins and Mohit Chauhan which really came to my India top list. I would love to have Lucky Ali and Mohit Chauhan back on my rack.
But when you keep on listening more you get used to the comfort zone of listening and my favorites for Sundays included the following;
Among these my best starts with Phil Collins – Both sides really captivated me.
The music systems:
The cassette era was with a National Panasonic Stereo player , a plastic shelled box with the trendy design of 80’s. No extra bass button no extra ordinary features and beyond a certain level of volume it can vibrate a lot.
Next was the era of Audio cd and still my favorite mode of transport. Started off JVC Micro Compo system with fabulous Bass and treble and it was cute and perfect. It really redefined the way of listening to music in 90’s and later came the big brother category a KENWOOD with multiple pieces of CD Player , Equalizer, Tuner, Amplifier and cassette deck with big speakers. It was a blasting experience to listen with awesome clarity. The prime time of your teenage crossover was musically fabulous. I always cherished to have such a quality sound back .
Then you transformed your life to a different path of hunting for a career and job. Your luxury got cut down to the availability and the music was still alive with the most popular device ( Ipod of that generation) called WALKMAN from Sony.
Then you started to loose time and you got busy with many things in life. But even in this lean patch there was a Philips Audio system to support. That was long pause. Once again it sounds too good when you find your favorite free time involvement.
The process starts with your selection of system and budgeting challenges. Then you start collecting your lost cds and favorite albums. The biggest challenge was to find the best combination of the trio..The CDP+AMPLIFIER + SPEAKERS…Indeed it was great help from my good friend called Bibin, who is a die hard DIY maker of audio systems and a perfectionist in building components from Amplifiers to speakers. He gave me lot of inputs and those made me to understand the combination well.
After experimenting with many vintage components I settled down for a NAD 302 amp and YAMAHA NSA 368 Speakers and very ordinary SONY DVD player as a transport ( Which needs to be replaced very soon)
So it feel s really great to be back with music as a serious listener. The new addition of John Mayer and the combo of Angus – Julius Stone gives me immense pleasure to get lost in music. I have shared few of my photos of my music world in FB as well.