Music has been an integral part of me since my childhood. I had a collection of Nepali songs in the magnetic tapes. It was in 2004 that I first had my own Walk-men where I could put my magnetic disk and listen those songs. Before that we used to have a big cassette player at home and it belonged to my father. So, I had very least chance of using it. But I got more financial freedom when I had to help my father in his shop. Then I bought my first Walk-men from a Chinese company costing €5 which was a big sum to steal from father’s wallet to full fill my desire to listen music right at my ear. I regretted so much because I had to hide it to listen it. My mother is the greatest teacher in my life, always guiding me with moral education. But that time I had to close her lesson for my desire.
When the Walk-men came, I had to invest more in buying head phone and even more was buying my best albums. Father would give me money for school and I used to save it. They used to give me money during festivals and I had to save it. When I had to go to my elder sister’s house to help her in farm, father used to give me more money as I had to stay there for days. Those all sum would go for buying albums by my favourite artists.
It was during the summer of 2005 that I came across Western music. I was not a big fan of Western Music until I came across Michael Learns to Rock(MLTR). I had to go to my elder sister’s house to help her in farms, I wanted to show other kids in that village that I was different than them because I could understand English songs as well.I was famous among the villagers and famous among those kids of my age because I was listening something different than they could even understand. Since then ‘Rock’ music always attracts me. It was my habit to be different than the crowd, I think its everybody’s habit. Sometime I used to carry game-boy and play it among them to show those kids how my life was so rejoice in town than theirs in village. I laugh thinking those little joy that filled my childhood. Music was the only friend of mine. When I look back into my High School days, I can not remember any friend’s name with whom I had deep talk or so called ‘best friends’. Everything was music.
MLTR’s song were so beautiful and catchy that I would sing them while listening. I used to carry my Walk-men with me when I would go to gather grass or go to field to look after cattle and sing like a crazy in the woods. When I listen songs like ‘Paint my love’ or ‘Complicated heart’, it reminds me of those beautiful innocent days when I first came across English songs. It brings all the nostalgia from that era of mine. During teenage I came across nu metal band called Linkin Park. I became big fan of bands like System of a Down, Metallica, Apocalyptica(Finnish Cello Band), The Doors, Bryan Adam etc when I was in Senior High School and I had my own computer which I got as a present from my father after I completed my Junior High School(SLC, School Leaving Certificate).
During the spring of 2009 , there was a documentary aired in History Channel about John Lennon and his amazing musical journey. That was the moment I strongly felt I should have been born in sixties. The Beatles attracted me so fast. The next day I had a MP3 Collection by The Beatles. Listening nothing but just The Beatles . ‘Yesterday’ had a record of being played more than 1000 times in my iTunes.
Music from 60s to 90s has been my music. Though I do listen to contemporary bands too. It was during the winter of 2010 that I came across Queen and Freddie Mercury.
Here are some songs that reminds me of some particular situations.
- Paint my love by MLTR
reminds me of those childhood days and those summer holidays that I would wait eagerly to show my ‘gadgets’ to my friends at my sister’s village. When I would sing Paint my Love putting my headphone, they used to surround me as if I was a hero. I was not able to sing other songs but only this one but I would pretend as if I had known everything from the song and even when the song would change I would still sing this song. Hahahaha !
- Here I am by Bryan Adam
reminds me of those days I spent in preparing for my SLC when I was in grade 9 and 10. It strongly makes me remember my ex girlfriend. I had a mp4 player and I used to carry it with me all the time and this song was my favourite one. I used to wait her until she come and we used to walk together. Then when she left the high school, I had to wait her after evening classes because she had to make some excuse for getting out of her house. We used to meet for around 5 minutes or less sometime even less. But those beautiful moment when our tongues would taste something common of each other were the best moments that would erase all the exhaust of the day. But everything that comes had to go. It went away.
- Ma sansar jitney by Sabin Rai (I will win the world)
All the songs from his album Sataha I and Sataha II reminds me of Darjeeling Tour during October of 2007. The best moments that I remember is she was sitting in the front seat in the bus and I was right behind her. She looked back and asked to hold her hand. I was holding her hand and it was a dusk. The sky was covered with cloud . It was so romantic that we were holding each other’s hand and feeling the common warmth . It was forbidden to express love when there were with teachers during High School days. So, we had to do it hiding from everyone.
- Leaving on a jet plane by John Denver
reminds me of the last days I was in my home town Pokhara,Nepal before I left for Finland. I have cried several time listening this song at my bed room in Nepal. The last night at home was without sleep, thinking how would I find myself in that crowd. This reminds me of the last moment I left home before I my mother put on Tika (coloured paddy seed worn on forehead by Hindu and Buddhist during special occasion which symbolized best wishes). The moment is so vivid that I still remember wearing a red T-shirt written ‘Rock’ on it and a Gucci short. I was looking at the river which is visible from my house. I remember a tenant living in my house who asked me when I was leaving for Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. It is like a video clip stored in my mind. Every time I listen leaving on a Jet Plane this clip is played in my mind. I do have a mobile version of the video which I recorded during that moment. I will embed it here if you wish to see it.
- Country road take me home by John Denver and Far Away From Home by Groove Coverage
These two songs strictly makes me remember my first Autumn in Finland. I was terribly missing home and family. First week were so beautiful. New country, new people new friends and new study place, I was full of energy. After a week everything from Nepal was being missed. ‘Country Road Take me Home reminds me of the first day I went to discover Kokkola, a small town in the coast of Ostrobothnia in Finland. I had bought a cycle with a guy from Nigeria in 50€ and I went at my own to see how exactly is the surrounding near my student apartment. I was listening the song on my phone and the thought in my mind was – Ram ! You have come really far ! When are you getting back ? Far Away from home was for whole winter .
- Patience by Take That and When you believe by Mariah Caray
These songs reminds me of my one week stay in Leuven,Belgium during November of 2010 with my brother. I was so happy that I was able to travel to Leuven at my own. But when I think about it. It was funny to think so. Those seven days spent with my brother were so beautiful days. It makes me remember a certain sweet smell of some sort of food or environment which I can not describe here. I had to discover Leuven at my own listening Patience. I was listening this song in plane and even in train on the way back to Kokkola. When you believe makes me remember a certain moment when I am looking outside from the window of my brother’s apartment and there were fallen leaves in the road and there was a machine approaching collecting those leaves.
- Love of my life by Queens (The Particular song sang by Freddie Mercury at a a concert at Wembley in 1986)
This song , not other version but the particular one from the Concert, strongly reminds me of the time when I was in Catch-22 about leaving Kokkola . I wanted to come to Helsinki rather than staying at Kokkola but I was not able to decide. Those days I had recently come across Freddie Mercury’s songs and this particular song became an eternal memory. I was at Kokkola City Library and the snow was melting and I could see snow spikes on the edges of the roofs. On one side I was thinking , I will stay here and graduate soon but on the other side I was thinking I will go to Helsinki. You ,now ,know what I decided.
Well, these are the reminder songs of mine. I believe you will also enjoy listening those reminder songs of mine.