The three musketeers i.e. the hubby and my two kiddos are asleep in the next room; and I am smiling like a goofball while singing away happily. Right now I am absolutely bursting with joy. I am smiling while writing this too ! Why? Because I am listening to some old songs which I haven’t heard in a long while. Songs which were a part of my daily life ; my life some years ago. Thank you Internet for all these music portals. These songs that were all recorded in the numerous audio cassettes that I had in my school and college years. I would painstakingly make lists of songs that I loved and would then go to the two main “music centres ” in Dehradun. These were shops where you could go and get songs recorded into cassettes. One was “Venus Music Centre”, located behind the Universal Petrol Pump at Rajpur Road; and the other one was simply called “Meltrack “, a first floor shop at Ghantaghar. I would spend hours in these two places, searching for my songs and brainstorming with the owners. “Meltrack” was run by a stocky-framed, slightly balding fellow whose knowledge about music was enviable. “Venus”was run by a fair, cute looking young guy, who didn’t talk much. A few of my friends went there only to ogle at him 😉 . But me, I went there only for the love of music, and with no ulterior motive whatsoever 🙂. Oh! the absolute joy I used to feel when a cassette full of lovely songs would be handed over to me by these two guys!
Tonight I have heard so many of my favourite numbers. Don’t we all associate different memories with different songs? Let me share some of mine here, as I sing and smile along, and go all mushy-mushy. I am listening to :
Love changes everything – I was sixteen when I first heard this song and felt that Climie Fisher was singing it for me!
I wanna wake up with you – It’s evening time , I am 16, in the 12th standard and eating chocolates from a Quality Street chocolate box. Wait, I even remember the flavour- I was eating the one with a white mushy filling inside.
My pretty one – I am fifteen, gawky and have a “secret” one-sided crush on a guy. This song ALWAYS makes me smile like a baby. It just makes me happy, joyful and it makes me fall in love with life.
Take on me – AHA ! I am filled with energy and dancing the evening away, transported to a different , racy world.
Step by step – My daily anthem for quite a few months. I would be singing it day in and day out; even my mom would sing “Ooh Ba..i..b..e..h” along with me.
The way you make me feel – My one claim to fame in class 12th. We choreographed and danced to this number by THE MJ , THE Michael Jackson; and participated in an inter-school competition. I still have the LBD_ The actually “little” black dress that I wore, lying somewhere in some suitcase in my Doon home ( because I want to show_off and brag to my grandkids someday ). As I listen to this song right now, I can visualise all the steps and all the fun we had while practising.
Big gun – This rock/grunge song by AC/DC had a particular dance step in it’s video; where the singer keeps moving forward, kicking his leg while playing the guitar. Well, in all parties held subsequently, my friend and I danced out this step and felt like Rock-Gods!
My eyes are drooping now, am really sleepy. But I am still smiling as I write this. More of this music -session tomorrow evening. I can’t wait to hear more of my much loved songs . Music and words that made me happy and joyful years back . Music and words that have made me happy and joyful today. My dear songs, I will meet you tomorrow for another rendezvous. Goodnight.
© Sept 2017 Sapna Dhyani Devrani