What sort of music was played in your house when you were growing up? What effect, (if any) did it have on your musical tastes?
We, as in my parents, had a huge collection of music. Lots of cassettes. And a super nice music system for that time. I remember we used to be extremely careful while winding in the black film that used to come out of reel occasionally with a pen or pencil, as if it was the most precious thing.
I grew up listening to old hindi melodies – 60’s, 70’s, 80′ songs. Mukesh, Kishore, Lata, Asha, and Rafi were the regulars. And what impact it had on me? Apart from I already knew the original songs when music industry started re-mixing old numbers in 90’s?
Yes, it kind of defined my musical taste. Given a choice I tend to listen to hindi songs. I enjoy old songs along with latest albums, sometimes even classical music or a few gazals.
I also started collecting the albums that I liked in school days. We all friends used to enlist all the songs we liked very carefully along with our preferences. There used be limited songs per cassette. And then we used to go the nearest music store where we got it recorded on a new blank cassette for us.
I followed all the music programs that were telecast on national television (which were very limited considering there was only one channel) – weekly 2 or 3. Even if it meant getting up early on Sunday morning.
I always played my ‘current’ favorite songs when I was at home – even when we went to bed at night. It really used to annoy my brother a lot (but I assure you that wasn’t the reason).
I got into an (unfortunate?) habit of paying attention to lyrics.
I still listen to music to brighten up my mood. Melodies. Hindi.
But while writing all this, I realized I no more have any favorite playlist handy. It’s now easier to just play any song you want anytime. There are too many music channels on TV, Internet and Radio. Or am I simply losing the touch just like my parents did when they got too busy with other stuff?
All these memories of anticipation and excitement we had earlier in collecting the latest records and hoping that awaited new song will be played on the TV this week, has inspired me enough to update my playlist. Is your playlist up-to-date? :D
A few oldies from cassettes: