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displacement

music's ability to displace time and our proactive attempts at shape shifting the day.

was listening to habib koite. some of his songs just make you feel the dusty warm afternoons. the golden sun - the sweat charmer. the dusty roads and relaxed market place after the morning's hustle bustle. sitting on a chair under shade.
but would i ever listen to Habib Koite or ali farka toure in the afternoons in the office? hell no. at that time i absolutely need some morning songs. stomach heavy with lunch, is forcing eyelids to shut. you need some very upbeat happy songs. its as if we are trying to expand mornings until evenings. and then sudden nights where one either parties hard or crashes to bed. crashes..
no afternoons but those of sunday's. but even then all life of the week is supposed to spring out in celebration of that sparse freedom of time. so how can you let go afternoons to 'waste'? it makes one feel guilty.
evenings and mornings. thats all we know now.

Comments

cynduja said…
Wow! I love ali farka toure too...and i don't noe too many ppl who like it...
Strider said…
you beat me to this...
i have been at the cusp of writing the same exact thing...
music...
:)
Ajinkya said…
@sinduja
the instrumentalisation! its outta this world. i think ali farka toure is one of the better known musicians from Africa actually apart from Diabate and Sangare..
for a while 3-4 months back i was quite heavily into music from mali.. had got my hand on some kickass acts, but don't remember their name now. blues from mali.. thats something.

@ambya
ahem.
write about music. sing about literature. jump about physics. thats what we do. :P

my other blog is actually supposed to be all about music and stuff i consume.. this blog is about thought.. and the thought here was about notion of time and music's role of displacing it..no one's commenting on that. :|
well, i don't mind discussing music anyways.. :P
Ajinkya said…
@sinduja
the instrumentalisation! its outta this world. i think ali farka toure is one of the better known musicians from Africa actually apart from Diabate and Sangare..
for a while 3-4 months back i was quite heavily into music from mali.. had got my hand on some kickass acts, but don't remember their name now. blues from mali.. thats something.

@ambya
ahem.
write about music. sing about literature. jump about physics. thats what we do. :P

my other blog is actually supposed to be all about music and stuff i consume.. this blog is about thought.. and the thought here was about notion of time and music's role of displacing it..no one's commenting on that. :|
well, i don't mind discussing music anyways.. :P
cynduja said…
Wow! I love ali farka toure too...and i don't noe too many ppl who like it...

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