Forget everything else, here is some guitar explorations by Steve Vai. From his live DVD, Where The Wild Things Are, here is Oooo.
I can’t stand most classical music, singers and instrumentalists in India. Make that in Kerala, which is my homeland, especially. It’s not that I am not into the music; I actually can appreciate it even if I do not particularly have a taste for it. There is a reason why I do not like it, nay hate it – it’s the attitude of Malayalam classical music lovers. They are so fucking blindly arrogant! Well not all of them but a vast majority of them, the ones who only listen to that music.
Here is their reasons as to why their music is so superior:- Classical music takes an individual many years of classes and training under a master to learn? So? It still sucks! Most music is like that, you have to practice a lot, take as many lessons on learning your instruments as you can and if you are a vocalist, your vocal chords! If you want to be really good at guitars, drums, bass, keyboards or any instrument, there is a sort of discipline and dedication that it takes. But classical music is superior? And the arrogance is even more massive; only Malayalam classic music is great and it is the most superior form of music. Please, your musical attitude sucks donkey’s balls! And the music is boring to say the least.
When I see these concerts on tv, the audience is so lifeless. It’s almost like they came there to stare like idiots and I’m not sure that they are even enjoying it. There is no audience participation and you can never feel like one with the music. It’s all standards and there is nothing of the individual in the music. Music is not supposed to be like that. It’s all about the individuals playing/singing it and their expressions and their feelings & ideas and sentiments coming through in the words and music. Classical music is so limiting in that, there are no individuals just the songs and lyrics and you have to do it in a certain way. That is so restricting and it doesn’t even remotely interests me.
But here is the biggest thing that puts me off – Malayalam classical music is very closely associated with temples and religion and gods – no chance of me ever getting into it. I can enjoy a classical music instrumental like with the sitar, sarod, tabla or sarangi. They are beautiful instruments and melodies just flow from it. I won’t ever be able to enjoy the vast majority of the classical music with lyrics. I would try it out if they change their attitude and if they be more open to other forms of music and not try to judge it as being lesser than their art form. Me? I used to be just a metalhead but I listen to a whole range of stuff now. Hard rock, pop rock, heavy metal, extreme metal, blues, alternative, flamenco, world music, some Indian classical, some jazz, even some pop and very little rap. I even have some Arabic music and celtic music in my list. I can’t say for sure but if you went through my huge mp3 list, I bet mine would be one of the most varied in terms of different categories of music, if not the one with most variety.
I’ve learnt to open my ears and heart to various types of music way back in my early 20s and developed a lot of appreciation for various artists over the years. I like bands that aren’t afraid to experiment too although not all experiments are successful. That’s ok, atleast you gave it a shot. Unlike all you Malayalam classical aficionados. Peace and Cheers! Drink a beer once in a while along with your moore!
I love beer! I love to drink beer and would love to taste a whole lot of different brands from across the world. Unfortunately where I live in, my options are limited. Kingfisher rules the roost and in most bars it’s getting harder to find other beers. The other Indian ones I like are Haywards & London Strong, while I have also had Kalyani & Sandpiper – the latter of which sucks!
International beer that I have had, and enjoyed quite a bit, are in the order of preference – Carsberg, Tuborg & Fosters. I’ve had Fosters a whole lot more but that’s because it seems to be more readily available in the bars that I frequent. I guess that it’s because of cricket and Australia playing India all the time. So one good thing comes out of cricket (ugh, I do hate the sport)! Recently, atleast that’s how it seems to me, Tuborg has been made available in India and it’s becoming quite popular in Kerala now. I’ve only had Carlsberg twice and loved every sip of it.
But that’s it as far as international beers are concerned. I wish we could get a whole lot more of them beers like Heineken, Guinness, Amstel and beers from Unibroue. In 1996 while in Bangalore I became friends with the son of an Indian diplomat who got us Labatt’s & Molson beers from Canada. I was ecstatic and gratefully drank two each of them beers but have never been able to get my hands on any more. Ironically enough, 19 was when I first started to actually drink and enjoy beer. I’ve had beer from the age of 17 but rarely drank it.
One point to note is that most beers in India come in the 650ml bottles and not the usual 341 (or is that 350 ml) bottles that I usually see in North America. Not too sure of the rest of the world.