This is how the creation of this playlist began. Play.
So he decided to reveal the next song on his playlist to me tonight. Again as he narrated the story of how this song became a part of him, he wanted me to hear it. He told me that this one reminded him of a beating heart and as I listened to it, I wasn’t surprised.
It all began in a room, four walls, an open door..You would need a good sound system he was told and he set it up. The yellow light in his room flickered and went off, so he reluctantly switched on the white. It gave him a sense of inevitability, like this moment was carved out long before he arrived and then the beats began. He held himself together and then the memories flooded through..
Long walks in a hilly town he tried hard to call home, bridges crossed on a cycle below the tall mountains, a quiet childhood spent throwing stones into the Indus waiting for them to reappear. He made me live these moments and then gradually allowed me to infiltrate that room he was in, the night he heard this song. We sat together and listened as others groaned at the heavy beats but discounted it as the cries of a wandering soul. He spoke loudly above the music of the strawberry ice cream he ate in Lonavala with his family, he remembered the sweater he wore that day, the camera that immortalized the moment and the smile on his face. Vivid, strong and powerful. He had his answer, it did not lie in finding it. It quite simply was in remembering it. As we slowly left the room where the song and he became one and returned to the moment i’m writing this, he held my hand one last time and pointed to the table he sat at and to the open word document on his laptop with the heading – ‘Where does man find his inspiration?’ As the beats took over me, he began to type..
‘My inspiration begins with my love lockdown…’ That’s all I could read, we were back and four and a half minutes were up and so was the song. He turned to me and said, “Me narrating and you writing this by experiencing it. Feels mythological, doesn’t it?”
I did not understand what he meant by that, atleast not yet..