Yell and Ye Shalt Be Heard
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The Memory Remains
The Odd Couple
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Scribbled By Kaushik at 10:22 am
on Friday, March 10, 2006
songs from the wood
For Reva- who has wanted to know how the concert was like for almost two weeks.
For Fraud- who actually enjoys reading my concert reviews.
After managing to arrange 8 tickets for a colleague, Chandu, my uncle Sam, his friend Srikanth Nadamuni and I set off to catch Jethro Tull at IIMB. My uncle and his friend had also caught Jethro Tull previously in 1989 in San Francisco. Although it was quite a coup for the organizers of Unmaad to land Jethro Tull for a college fest; it was not the first time it happened as Jethro Tull had performed before at IIT Madras in 1985 which was also seen by my uncle at the OAT when the festival was called Mardi Gras (in my opinion, a much nicer name than Saarang). They had also performed at Rang Bhavan in 1987 simultaneously with ˜Malhar, the annual festival of St. Xavier's, ye faithful alma mater. Other bands to have performed at college festivals include Uriah Heep at IIT Madras again in 1984. The reason for both of the above being was that IIT Madras was really into Tull, Heep and Floyd in the late 70s and it was the place to be back then.
Finally, Jethro Tull came on stage at around half past eight. They opened with 'A New Day Yesterday.' And continued with the soulful Life's A Long Song. Ian Anderson in the flesh showed us yet again what Jethro Tull stood for. Having seen Mick Jagger perform live, I can safely say Ian Anderson is as sprightly at that age. He was jumping around on stage. He definitely has to be one of the wittiest musicians today. Most of the numbers were straight out of their anniversary collection. The acoustics were great leaving us with an awesome display. Ian Anderson on the flute is still a joy to watch. But, even though Jethro Tull has had about 20 line up changes, it only had Ian Anderson and there was no Martin Barre unlike 1995 when they performed in Bangalore. The supporting musicians were quite competent with the young German guitarist wowing the audience. But the clincher for me was Anderson's rendition of Bach's '˜Bouree,' which was a big hit for them. It sounded as crisp as the album version. His vocals were a lot slower definitely than during his heyday, but it was a treat for a Jethro Tull fan. I got my money's worth. But I would make a distinction here between Tull and most other acts because Tull and the Grateful Dead are two types of bands who survive by touring and playing at the smallest of venues even. It is probably one of the reasons why they tour so often. But my crib was some of favourites like Teacher; Songs from the Wood and Skating Away were not played. But they played a good 20 songs. They also played at least 15 minutes from 'Thick As a Brick' and the incredibly haunting 'Budapest.'
Jethro Tull is what it is today because a conscious decision was made in 1968 to let Ian Anderson lead with the flute. I'm thankful for that. I had a great time with an audience comprising people of all ages. There was a really drunk stoned chap who tried to push his way through and tried to push two women aside. The women (around age 40) pushed him back and he tried to grab one of them, but he was thankfully pushed away by all of us.
They finally played Aqualung with Ian Anderson sounding the every bit the sniveling rogue, Aqualung is meant to be. They then decided to go off to cries of 'Encore' and returned rather predictably to play one of my all time favourites, you guessed it- Locomotive Breath. But after that it was truly the end and it left us all satisfied.
I shall leave you with this :
Nothing is easy
Though time gets you worrying, my friend it's ok
Just take your life easy and stop all that hurrying
And be happy my way
Scribbled By Kaushik at 10:46 pm
on Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Hopes and dreams
The first few small steps have been taken, the loose ends tied up. The chance to do something not too many people get the oppurtunity to.
Come September, will I be ready to make the final jump?
I am: apprehensive
P.S. A heartening thought is Dittie moving to Bangalore. ( A & A consultants and yours truly, the BFG had their first meeting at Millers 46 yesterday)
Scribbled By Kaushik at 8:06 pm
on Thursday, February 09, 2006
A time for romaanz
Having read Roswitha's blog about the romaanz tag which was doing the round, i was hoping I had escaped the tag menace. But having been tagged by Kate, i shall actually go on to describe the 8 qualities of my perfect(yet imaginary) lover.
Eight qualities of the perfect louver(louvely dove as they would say in Kannada slang)..
1. Must be a nice girl. That seems so goddamn trite it isn't funny. but then must be able to deal with venting and insecurities which will be brought up constantly. Must also not take away the TV remote when the sports channel is on. Nice like that, no!!
2. She must be passionate about some kind of music. Any kind as long as it's not the stupid pop variety. Must also be able to recognise chamiya hindi numbers and must have seen Andaz Apna Apna atleast once!
3. Must be able to take jokes about her appearance. Anyway, commenting(funnily) on a woman's appearance is akin to playing tag with a piranha blindfolded! I should know, the memory remains!
4. Must have an independent taste in books also. It's not like she has to be Chomsky like but an intelligent conversation from time to time never hurt anyone.
5. Must be able to get along with extended family of mine. they usually congregate in large numbers, sit in a line and start yelling(interrupting) as they put it. By contrast I'm soft spoken when it comes to my family. Fancy that!!
6. Must not have freaked blonde hair absolutely. Fully, natural blonde hair is perfectly fine but i feel not too many people can carry off the freaked blonde look.
7. She must get right to the point and not go around in circles. I'm as perceptive as a rock turtle. If something is bothering you, get to the point. If you say you're alright, I'll believe you. I won't be challenging that. Plus the words, 'we have to talk' can be utilised only once, at the most twice a year
8. Must be infernally good looking with a Michelle Pfeiffer like sweetness(oh how i wish this could come true). Plus, must not be the type who cares too much about her appearance, make up blah blah.
Rules of the tag:
Apart from 2-3 people who read this blog, i'm in a quandary as to whom to tag. So i tag Fatty, Dittie, Pratty, Dubs, Arjun(if he's reading this) and Krish!
Scribbled By Kaushik at 10:07 am
on Tuesday, February 07, 2006
A Song for your thoughts
List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now.
1. Alice In Chains & Pearl Jam- Alone
This song is nice because I love Layne Staley's nasal twang and supported by Vedder's backing vocals on acoustic guitars, it's an absolute beauty. It is one of my all time favourites.
2. Jal- Aadat
This sing has sadly been ripped off in the Mahesh Bhatt movie 'Kalyug'. But the
slow version isreally nice and the fact that it is played at the gym everyday means I
usually end up listening to it.
3. Pearl Jam- Indifference
This is probably one of the most depressing songs I've heard and after fights with boss,
other random aggressive people in office when tempers are running wild, it is probably
the worst tonic. But again, I've started to love more and more acoustic numbers where
bands sound more near what they actually sound.
4. Yes- Owner Of A Lonely Heart
I finally downloaded this song after watching VH1's 'Awesomely Bad #1's'. But it's got a
catchy tune and a nice beat so it's good fun listening to these guys.
5. The Magic Numbers- Forever Lost
This band reminds me of the Beatles for some weird reason and it catches my eye
because of the animated video. But this song is a nice soft one, a song to reflect upon
times and all that.
6. The Darkness- Love Is A Feeling
This song is more for the times when I'm out driving late at night. The lead singer has a
weird accent but there is something rather endearing about this simple love song.
7. 3 Doors Down- Behind Those Eyes
Tom Arnold is a fairly decent songwriter. Some people, even most of my friends would
dismiss it as the same old stuff. But I like their sound and they have no airs about them
and their new album is as good as the first two and they have been churning out good
stuff for a while
Needless to say, I tag ye faithful readers to replicate this meme on your blog as well.
Scribbled By Kaushik at 7:50 am
on Wednesday, February 01, 2006