Song That Foresaw Dec. 15

Dear Diary, I must make an apology that I left you unwritten for weeks. You missed me? Don’t get mad at me, for you know I’m troubled (always) and was also tangled with some family affairs which obviously kept me from writing on you. Whenever I sit in front of my workstation; Dear Diary, you’re always the foremost priority.

Dear Diary, I’ve some big news to tell you. My bro is getting married this Fagun. We’re also celebrating our grand Kool-Pooja which happens once in every 4 years.


My Musical Side

It was some 22/23 years ago, I recall the day (it was around the dusk) when dad brought in home our first National Panasonic radio cassette recorder. Though, we already had a radio transistor from the same company, the newly bought machine had a significant attraction and charm among us. I remember, how buoyantly I was staring at and fondling that new ”wonder”. Although, audio cassette technology was invented circa ’60s and thence gained momentum in later years until ’90s when CD came to hit the market, we only came to possess our first cassette recorder several years after. It was not a boom box, but a 1980’s National with a single-sided speaker–yet it was one of the most common models of early ’80s. Invention of audio cassettes and recorders brought upheaval in music field. The recorder no doubt boosted my aural desire, i.e. MUSIC!!!

We kept using the recorder for almost 2 decades. Now, the recorder is defunct, some of its parts are missing and is locked in a drawer. We never bought another recorder again. I didn’t want to throw it away. It has now become a vintage antique.

I listened hundreds of folk songs in my early days on the recorder. Dad was avid (and picky as well) listener of folk songs and he nearly didn’t miss any chartbuster album. Hari Devi Koirala, Prem Raja Mahat, Bam Bahadur Karki, Krishna Sudha Dhungana, Bima Kumari Dura etc. were the prominent folk figures of that time. I quite much was acquainted with their rhythmic vocal thanks to the great National recorder! Pop music was still not widely recognized, or say, it was in its pristine and primitive state.

Gone are the days when I used to buy every new album of Nabin K. Bhattarai, Cobweb, Robin and Looza, Mukti and Revival. Friends were amazed at my avidity and fanaticism for their music esp. Nabin K. Bhattarai and Cobweb’s.

The last Nepali pop song I listened was Dambar Nepali’s ”तर अन्तिमपल्ट भेट्न आऊ”, in my last Kathmandu visit while traveling by a micro-bus. Don’t you think that song bode Dec. 15 i.e.’the apocalypse’? *going serious and taking a hiatus*… In later years, pop music in Nepal has become something like a cheap game, which everyone could play even if they don’t know how to. Mvids of Nepali pop songs are just wastes. Since some years, modern and folk music genres have taken lead in the commercial race leaving pop music far behind. They are most common in CRBTs.

I’m a great fan of Rap/Hip-Hop and R&B music. I was an avid listener of Tupac, Snoop Dogg and now my avidity has shifted also onto Akon, T.I., R. Kelly, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Kanye West etc…What you say when a white speaks words of a rap? White rappers may have been frowned upon in music field initially by some, but no longer, for Eminem already broke the tradition most significantly which is said to be of Blacks only.

And yet, I’m not so much onto listening music. Like sex, music could also be taken as luxury, not an essential thing.


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