08 October, 2005


It has been more than a month since I last posted. I can't think of anything to write about. Been getting up at 5:30 in the morning to study. By the time its midnight I'm way beyond sleepy. So 'midnight musings' don't happen anymore. But since we have finally put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard in this case), we might as well write something.

Once every year (sometimes twice), a very exciting event occurs in Mumbai city, i.e. the great Sony/Emi music sale, where cds are sold for Rs. 99. Can you imagine?? Ninety nine bucks! Unfortunately, like every year, this year too I missed the first day, which is when the best albums can briefly be seen before music buffs lay their hands on them. But still, expecting the worst, we made our way at 11 a.m. on the second day to the venue. After standing in the line for about 15 mins, we enter this big hall where there are hundreds of people with just one intention: to get the rare cd's before they run out. And by the rare cds we don't mean your great granny's Rabindra Sangeeet cd or Britney Spears Greatest Hits cd. A rare cd is that all elusive cd your have been looking for (or maybe you were never even looking for it and you chance upon it) but were too afraid to buy. Understandably enough, Pink Floyd cds are the first one to run out. Take out the people wanting to buy Rock music (no, that again does not include those buying Britney Spears Greatest Hits), and you get an empty hall filled with the occasional auntie-type looking to get bhajans to play in the morning. CDs of Pearl Jam, Megadeth, ACDC, Black Sabbath, Beatles and other such artists are what the majority people come looking for.
So we have the rockers coming to get their brand of music, the 40 somethings mainly go for vintage rock/country stuff (Steely Dan, CSNY, CCR, Beatles...), the kiddos come with their mommas to get cheap computer games, and yes the above mentioned auntie-types.

Anyway, you get the picture. I just wanted to say that I got the following stuff:
1. AC/DC - Back In Black
2. Beatles- Let It Be... Naked
3. Eric Clapton - Chronicles- the best of Eric Clapton
4. Doobie Brothers - Listen To The Music- the very best of the Doobie Brothers
5. Jeff Beck - Jeff
6. Led Zeppelin - II
7. Leonard Cohen - Songs Of Love And Hate
8. Rage Against The Machine - Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium
9. Ray Charles - Genius Loves Company
10. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Greatest Hits
11. Stevie Ray Vaughan - The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

I haven't opened a single cd yet. The entire stack is just sitting on my desk and I'm looking lovingly at it. I love buying cds. It's so cathartic. The joy in playing an original cd can never be equalled by playing a copied cd or playing an mp3 track from a computer. I wish I could have bought more cds. There were others I wanted, but they would be coming a little later in the day. I might go looking for more again. But we have already stretched our budget to the max. One has to draw the line somewhere.