Our Endearment for Rhythm

Jainish Soni
5 min readApr 19, 2020
A snippet from Rockstar(2011)

Oo… Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho
Phir Se Ud Chala
Ud Ke Choda Hai Jahaan Neeche Mein Tumhare Ab Hoon Hawale
Door Door Log Baag Meelon Door Yeh Vaadiyan

Ghar, Dhuaan Dhuaan Tan Har Badli Chali Aati Hai Chune
Aur Koi Badli Kabhi Kahi Kar De Tan Geela Yeh Hai Bina Ho
Kisi Manzar Par Main Ruka Nahin
Kabhi Khud Se Bhi Mein Mila Nahin
Yeh Gila Toh Hai Main Khafa Nahin
Shehar Ek Se, Gaon Ek Se
Log Ek Se, Naam Ek Oo…

Phir Se Ud Chala Main
Mitti Jaise Sapne Yeh Kitaabi Palkon Se Jhaado Phir Aa Jaate Hain

Itne Saare Sapne Kya Kahoon
Kis Tarah Se Maine Tode Hain Chode Hain, Kyun
Phir Saath Chale, Mujhe Le Ke Ude Yeh Kyun Oo Oo Oo…

~ Phir Se Ud Chala (Rockstar)

I flew up again,
I have flown and left the world below, now I am all yours,
now people are miles away and all the valleys are away

again some cloud, filled with smoke (steam), comes to touch
but some cloud might get my body wet, it never happens

I never stopped at any scenery,
I never met even myself,
I have this complaint but I am not angry,
all cities are same, villages same,
people are same and same names

I flew up again,
these earth-like dreams, however much you dust them from eyelids,
they come back
So many dreams, how should I say I have-
broken, left, and why
Now, why are they stirring again…

~ Translated lyrics of Phir Se Ud Chala

Now, if you’ve read the lyrics of the song as well as its translated version; you may have observed one thing. If you knew about the melody, you wanted to see that your mind was playing a tune with each line. Indeed, even with no instruments or expert experience of singing, you were in a state of harmony with its musicality and all the beats.

Whereas, for the translated version, all you could do is read it like a passage of words well adjusted to make it look like a song. Also, if the song had any associations with your emotions, you could feel it. You had a revelation that it implied something, something profound established inside your head felt the tune is extremely dear to you!

Ergo, what was the difference? How could our mind effectively fathom one entry as a melody and another as only a lot of words? We have at least one go-to song which we tune in to once in a while. We never at any point need to deliberately help ourself to remember the verses, it gets installed on our brains. Have we ever wondered why is that? For what reason do we sort our decision of music as indicated by our state of mind? An author Jane Swan asked the very question, “How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our fears, our highest aspirations?” It merits discovering this interminable connection of people with the music.

Edward Bulwer-Lytton on Music

The first thing we recognize after being born (even before recognizing our family members) is the sound others make. Regardless of whether it is a whistle or a squeeze, its sound catches our eye towards the individual who makes it. In this way, it becomes apparent that there is some association between sound and people which causes us to long for it more than anything.

Technically, music is an assortment of sound waves which uses air to arrive at our ear canals. (However, it is hard to comprehend why each sound isn’t seen as music!) The sound becomes music after it turns into a redundancy which is called an ‘octave’. It is accepted that the primary instrument appeared 40,000 years prior however the connection of music and people goes back to the evolution. As we continued advancing, our mind began seeing harmony, beat, and pitch at the same time. We are the main animals on this planet who can interface each part of a sound and get it.

Music can affect our body with such efficiency that its pleasurable effect is similar to food, illicit drugs and sex; as the brain discharges dopamine while tuning in to music. It is proved that music helps people with movement disorders and people with speech impairment can be cured by the regions of our brain which can perceive music. Also, it is the ‘cultural universal’ meaning if a piece of music is considered ‘sad’ in some parts can be perceived as ‘delightful’ in a different region. How fascinating it is!

It creates a positive and durable effect on our brain as well. We as a whole prefer to get away from the truth brimming with vulnerability around us and music assist us with doing that by lifting our temperament. It causes us to be proactive and take activities. We build a sense of identity for ourself by following our preferred music. We all have encountered a bit of smooth jazz music or a gathering of individuals playing the violin in a side of an eatery or a bar. It changes the ambience completely, that is to say, music can even change consumer behaviour.

Note — Simply envision, what it would feel like if our cerebrum can not convey significant angles like congruity, pitch, and tone through the neurons? To learn more about it, watch episode 20 of the first season of ‘Explained’ on Netflix.

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Jainish Soni

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