When the going gets tough, I've found that music is the balm to my pain. Everything gets easier after listening to a few songs from my teenage. It is the same music I return to again and again, every time I feel low or sad or happy or joyful, ever since I've discovered the meaning of "angst" ;-)
Yes, Jagjit Singh it is...
His ghazals, his songs and music- be it regular ghazals, his punjabi numbers, his rendition of Mirza Ghalib- to this day, every single time I have felt deeply about anything, Jagjit Singh's music is what I return to. And this has held true since I was a pimply angst ridden teenager railing against the world. He verbalized every single tumultuous emotion then, he verbalizes every single tumultuous emotion now.
His painful ghazals (as most ghazals are) definitely soothe and calm the soul, but increasingly, I've found that I tend to return to his Punjabi songs a lot more now. I love the Punjabi tempo and beats, the Punjabi lyrics - be it a somber or an upbeat song, it resonates deep within me. I wonder where this deep atavistic empathy springs from, since despite being Punjabi I never grew up speaking the language, it was always Hindi and English.
I still spend nights listening to his ghazals, as I drown out my pain in the music. Or listen to his happy-sad-nostalgic Punjabi numbers and reminisce! Here are a few of my favorite Punjabi numbers of Jagjit Singh.
The first one is a foot-tapping number bemoaning the state of bachelorhood :-)
And here is the second one, a nostalgic remembrance of the monsoon season in Punjab, of days gone by... this one really hits hard, as I miss India and the days gone by so much. It reminds me of those endlessly lovely rains that carried the promise of first crushes, the saundhi smell of mitti, and the tremulous pain of adolescence. It reminds me of those bygone days of my youth, spent quite unproductively- talking to friends all night, writing silly romantic verse, listening to endless romantic songs, and mooning over random guys! Yes, I did have quite the wonderful youth :-)
Hope you love these as much as I do... and you can always ask me for translations :-)