Golden melodies and some of the best moments in life

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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

Author: Sapna Dhyani

I am Sapna Dhyani. I write about everything that crosses my mind. I write about life as I see it and like to infuse humour into my blogs. I belong to Dehradun but now live in a new city after every two years, being an army wife. This uprooting of base every couple of years, setting up a new home in a new place, meeting new people and forging new friendships, exploring new cities; all this ensures that I go through and am blessed with a myriad of experiences.

2 thoughts on “Golden melodies and some of the best moments in life”

  1. Great post Sapna.. seriously those were the days when we use to just make the list of songs and asking those music shopwala’s to load them. cassettes’ are past now, but your post have revived many memories..

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