It has been a long time since I posted, huh? Needed a break, sorry. I am back, though. Let’s enjoy this! I hope you like this letter-format I’ve recently started trying.


To music,

From Ghazals to ‘Kiss me’ to ‘Dusk Till Dawn’, this has been a long journey, hasn’t it?

When I was six, I could barely speak English. My tongue fumbled when I spoke English because it was a foreign language that I still wasn’t used to but I could hum the tune of ‘Chand Sifarish’ and not miss a single note.

In my 10-13 year old phase, my all-time favorite memory that I often find myself telling people is how me and my family would go on long drives and have sandwiches and hot chocolate and listen to an endless number of songs. My sister and I had a playlist that we would listen to on our way to school every morning.

When two broken pieces clash, they break into smaller pieces. When I had my heart broken for the third time, the only leftovers of my heart was dust. With earphones jammed into my ears and a few fancy dance moves, music turned it into fairy-dust that I sprinkled onto everything and healed myself.

My point is that you have literally always been there for me. Be it in the form of a language, a memory or a magic trick. You’ve witnessed me grow up from when I was a few months old and my parents would sing me lullabies to today when I listen to ‘Girls like you’ on repeat.

I heard somewhere that old weapons are sometimes melted and musical instruments are made from the metal. I guess that explains the bullet wounds some of your lyrics leave behind, and it also explains why playing Antakshri when I was ten felt like going to war.

Thank you Music, for being my metaphorical shoulder to cry on and literal ‘always’.

Yours,
Utsav Raj


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29 Comments

  1. Hi Utsav Raj… you are quite humorous person, you know. I’m laughing when read your post, “To Music”. Maybe you can listening to Zapin Music, it’s quite similar like Ghazal but a little bit different. Maybe you can listen to Zapin Budi by S.M Salim, a Malaysia folk singer for a start. The music is good. Ya?

  2. Wow, so true… Music is our best friend, by our side through the best of times and the worst of times, an eternal companion providing unconditional love and support all the time… Awesome writing…. I feel you brother… Keep up the good work

  3. I totally agree with this post and how insightful it is. Whenever I was younger and my dad was in a band, he wrote a song for me. Describing who I was, even when I lost sight of it myself as I grew up. It helped me through my struggles, the damage of just a simple heartbreak and even whenever I was looking for that innocence and happiness again. It has always been there for me and reminded me why I was put into this world.

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