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Shakespeare Sonnet #116

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

One of the reasons to like this sonnet is that here love is so divinely compared with marriage yet defines it different from the actual ceremony.  What I understand here is that love between two people (whether same gender or different) is not bound by marriage. Love which changes with time or circumstances is not actual love. Love is constant and it doesn’t change even if one of the partner is physically away. It doesn’t shake even during difficult times (“That looks on tempests”). Love is like a star that guides a lost soul.  Unlike the height of the star which can be measured, the star’s worth cannot be. Love is not age specific which is limited only when the partners are young and beautiful but it stays even when the body grows old and sick. It doesn’t change with hours and weeks but remains same even to the edge of doom.  And then Shakespeare says that if what he has written here can be proved wrong, then his writings mean nothing and no man has ever loved.

Our Musical Lives…

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Music is not only a gift but a savior to our oscillating troublesome lives. Thanks to all those artists who have created music that fits aptly for all moods and congratulations to all the music lovers, we now have applications to listen songs depending on our moods. Zillions of songs (I hate to call them “Numbers”) have been composed so far and it is certainly not possible for one soul to listen all of them in one life. I’m sure each one of us has their own playlists where we seek solace. There are songs that define us ditto and some you feel are made for you, for me it is She’s got a way about her by Billy Joel. And then there are songs that brings exact emotions at times, for example if I am watching a movie or reading a book on Jewish catastrophe by Nazis’, In the Ghetto by Elvis Presley, fits best in my mood or may be Buffalo Soldier by Bob Marley on Black resistance.  

I like to kick-start my day with an exuberant song like New Day by Alicia Keys, but my spirit sobers down by the evening and makes me listen a sombre song like Shaam Tanha (a hindi song) by Agnee. When I’m hitting the road, I am listening to On the Road Again by Willie Nelson. After whole day toiling, I need something such as A Good Day to Run by Darryl Worley to inspire myself on the treadmill and the feeling continues till late night when I end up with We are Young by Fun.

This is my best part, songs for every weather conditions (so they never leave you alone) a rainy day song has to be Raindrops keep falling on my head by B J Thomas or Rainy Days and Mondays by Carpenters; a wintry song California Dreaming by The Mamas and The Papas, a peppy Summer in the City by the Lovin’ Spoonful for summers. This makes me think I haven’t come across any brilliant autumn song as of yet. Do let me know if you have one.  

Relationship songs, now there are like infinite number of them but only quite a few stays in your heart, classic like Casablanca by Bertie Higgins, or a new world song Just a Kiss by Lady Antebellum. We also have quite nice break-up songs, the recent famous Somebody I used to know by Gotye and my all-time favorite You’re so Vain by Carly Simon. Certain songs are made in heaven (figuratively); they fill you with tranquility and high degree of spirituality such as Lazarus by Porcupine Tree. I can listen to this song over and over. And then stress-buster songs that soothe you and brings smile like none other than Don’t Worry Be Happy by Bob Marley.

So you see how music revolves and intricate our lives. Without it, I imagine this world be just like the movie Equilibrium. I’m thus grateful to all these music pieces that have consoled me at some point of my life.

Keep listening. Keep humming.