Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Absolute Write Blog Chain May 2010: Two Songs

I am writing this entry as a part of Absolute Write Blog Chain 2010. The topic for this blog chain is: What does your story/character(s) sound like?
I normally do not miss any blog chain as I enjoy taking part in it and I have been taking part in blog chains for nearly 4 years (Since 2006). However, when the chain started then I realized that I did a grave mistake for two reasons. First of all, I am not exactly a musical person. I do a lot of humming all the time but when I am writing then I try to disassociate myself from all the sound around me and listening to a favorite song is perhaps the last thing I would like to do while writing. It simply destroys my focus.
The second problem that I faced while taking part in the blog chain is that I am from another part of the world and my first language is not English. So, English songs are not a part of daily life. Yes, I like Beatles, John Denver, Cliff Richards and Neil Diamond but they are not inseparable part of my life in the way the songs of Rabindranath Tagore are.
A few days ago, I uploaded a short in this blog: Humiliating Triumph.
The Hero and Villain both are teenage boys. They are 15 years old. The hero is Ripon and he is a gentle boy and I think that he would like the following song:

Here is the meaning of the song in English Language
The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day
runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures.

It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth
in numberless blades of grass
and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.

It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth
and of death, in ebb and in flow.

I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life.
And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.

On the other hand, John is the bad boy and he would most likely to be fond of this song:

By the way, both the songs are from my language (Bengali).

The participating Blogs are:


  1. I'm SO glad you participated in this chain! I listened to the first song and it is SO beautiful! I could only wish I understood the words, but honestly, I don't think I even needed to. The video said SO much! :)

  2. Aimee,
    I am happy that you liked the first song. I could put the translation of the song.

  3. Dear Razib Ahmed,
    It is always lovely to hear your experiences.
    That first video is powerful(i have seen it before) and I can relate to why it has been put with this song as the life is felt through the power of the vibrancy of the people in it.
    It's amazing how music can touch all, within the power of life.
    Thanks for sharing these. :)

  4. Very cool, I love the first song! It's always good to discover new music :)

  5. Methinks I would like Ripon more (which is good given that he's the hero). And I have favorited that song as well as sharing it on Facebook.

  6. I'm with the others: loved the first song!
    For me, music has this strength that isn't stopped by the limits of language. Even though we don't understand the words, the feeling is still there. I'm glad you decided to take part in the blog chain. ;)

  7. Anonymous10:30 PM

    Music is it's own language so not understanding the words is not always so important to me. Rhythm is a universal language. The first song is lovely, and the hip-hop song is cool. Actually, I like it a little better than some hip-hop I do understand the words to. Not knowing the words smooths out the edges a little and lets you enjoy the rhythm.

    Great post!

  8. Your language is very beautiful when put to music! Very lyrical...I love it. It's exotic and a bit intoxicating. WOW.

  9. Bengali...that is very cool! I have never met anyone from there before. Very interesting.

  10. very cool. I've been 'following' Matt for a while.

  11. I love that first clip! I'm hoping to do some writing today without music, now that the students are gone from campus.

  12. Oh, that first video/song completely made my day. Thanks so much for posting it!

  13. That first clip totally made my day. Thanks for posting it!