Old songs always hit different. Early 90s and 2000s songs were nothing but pure gold. We all grew up listening to some legendary artists like Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar. Even Hollywood artists made our childhood memorable. Some iconic singers like Michael Jackson, Ricky Martin, and Madonna have written some effortlessly amazing songs which till date make us groove to the fullest. As a kid, we use to disgrace these songs and mock them whenever out parents use to listen to it. Time passed and now we’re grown up, many songs which we considered boring and senseless are now very much relatable to us. Life becomes more complicated as we grow up; we keep getting more and more responsibility. As we got older, we started to understand the true meaning of the songs to which we once cringed on. Some of us surely remember those weekend getaways where our parents use to play songs of their era and we use to vibe along with it as well. We never really understood the lyrics until we were grown-ups.
Songs and music play a very important role in our lives. It makes us feel less lonely. We listen to music all the time. We play it in our earphones or Bluetooth speakers when we wake up, some of us even perform those private shower concerts every morning, we listen to FM Radio every morning in our transportation while heading to work. We are dependent on music in a way we cannot even imagine. It lifts us up, it makes us feel better, and it makes us happy, it makes us sad, it makes feel!
Our taste keeps changing according to our age and situations. Some people like sad songs, some people like cheerful songs. It is the songs which make them aware of their emotions, which makes feel alive. Regardless of the never ending rat race of life, everyone deserves to live their life to the fullest. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy composed song Sooraj Ki Baahon Mein from the movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaara. The song lyrics somewhat go like. “Paate hum hai zindagi ek baar, kyun na kare khul k hum isko pyaar”, makes us value the importance of life and makes us grateful for being alive.
Some vintage song like Yeh Jeewan Hai, Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli, Aane Wala Pal Jaane Wala Hai and so many more makes us realise the essence of life. It teaches us to cease the day. As Robin Williams once said Carpe Diem in the film ‘Daed Poet Society’, we should learn how to enjoy every passing moment. Legends like Gulzar and Mohammad Rafi have given us some tremendous songs with unforgettable memories. While mentioning these names how can we not talk about the heart-melting song like Hothon Se Chulo Tum or even Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein starring Amitabh Bachchan. 80s and 90s was a different era; even today’s artists produce remakes of many old songs which tend to end up being blockbusters.
As a music lover, all I can say is listen to songs as much as possible be it new or old. Listen to music which helps to make you feel alive, which reminds you to be happy and stress free, which reminds you that how precious life is, because it is. One should take a moment to appreciate the genre before moving onto the next one. Just like our lives, we need to appreciate music as well. It is been there for us when nobody else was.