Have you felt any significant changes in your music listening experience over the years? Well, you're not alone.
By soumyark on August 04, 2014
It was in the year, 2006 that I saw Hariharan a.ka. Hari-ji's live ghazal performance for the first time at Christ College, Bangalore. Now, after eight years, I got to see him live again in Milwaukee at the Alverno College four months ago. Initially, I thought I would write a typical concert review including the details of the set list and the audience's response. But, I felt it would be much better if I write about how I felt about the concert then and now. So, here are the results of my introspection.
THEN - I sat at the balcony, far away from Hari-ji, as I was just into my first job and couldn't afford the premium tickets. It was also, the first time I had gone to a concert all alone. So, that excitement coupled with the joy of seeing my idol live had given me immense joy.
NOW - I was able to afford a seat that was just four rows away from Hari-ji. However, I didn't feel the same euphoria I had eight years ago.
THEN - I went to the concert to just sit in awe with no objective in mind. I thought less and felt more back then.
NOW - This time when I went to the concert, I had a clear agenda in mind - what can I learn from him as a live performer and as a vocalist in terms of presentation, body language and stage presence. I think more and feel less now.
From a learning perspective, I believe I am going in the right direction. However, from a blind music lover's perspective, I'm not able to listen to any good music without judging or observing anything.
But, one thing that remained constant, THEN & NOW, is Hari-ji's melliflous voice, his aura and his effortless and ad-hoc musical improvisations. Here's one of my favorite ghazals Hari-ji rendered live. The song is Aadhi raat from the album, Kaash.
Readers, have you observed any changes in you as a listener of music now and a few years ago? Do you know why that change happened? Share your thoughts either in the comments section below or via the contact form.