Two of my latest obsessions are ‘Life, the universe and everything’ by Douglas Adams and ‘Weird Fishes/Arpeggios’ by Radiohead. The former is one of the books from his Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy series and the latter is a song from Radiohead’s ‘In Rainbow’s’ album.
Every sentence in the book is highlightable. Adams is a fabulous writer. So witty, so deep and so out of this world. Like this one I just came across, which prompted me to write this post :
“Just as a slow series of clicks when speeded up will lose the definition of each individual click and gradually take on the quality of a sustained and rising tone, so a series of individual impressions here took on the quality of a sustained emotion – and yet not an emotion. If it was an emotion, it was a totally emotionless one. It was hatred, implacable hatred. It was cold, not like ice cold, but like a wall is cold. It was impersonal, not like a randomly flung fist in a crowd is impersonal, but like a computer-issued parking summons is impersonal. And it was deadly, again, not like a bullet or a knife is deadly, but like a brick wall across an expressway is deadly.
And just as a rising tone will change in character and take on harmonics as it rises, so again, this emotionless emotion seemed to rise to an unbearable if unheard scream and suddenly seemed to be a scream of guilt and failure.
And suddenly it stopped.”
The second obsession the weird fishes/arpeggios is equally beautifully written and composed. The lyrics, Thom Yorke’s haunting voice and the repetitive drum/guitar rhythm pattern makes this song truly intriguing.
“I’d be crazy not to follow.
Follow where you lead
They turn me
Turn me on to phantoms
I follow to the edge of the earth
And fall off
If they get the chance
And this is my chance”.
New year is here. I must say 2016 was very low key. I definitely went through a lot of tiny changes but mainly it was related to mental wellbeing. I am particularly happy with my Project Happiness 365. Even though I don’t have milestone to show off, I am very satisfied with the year.
Although I am not that much of a new year resolution person, I am quite excited about 2017. I have some plans. Some major changes are gonna happen in my life. My thesis is gonna be submitted. I have a new motivation for PhD. I hope things will work out fine. I have new reading goals as well. I have started reading everyday. I want to make 2017 a reading year. Currently, I am still reading The book thief by Markus Zusak and few text books related to my thesis mostly on animism, Indigenous identity and music. But I am quite determined about this and I feel happy.
I have also started doing some yoga. 2017 will also be a year where I will focus on my health.
I read a post on reddit where this redditor talked about his years long journey exploring music from different era. He posted that there is a music archive on Wikipedia featuring music from different time period. I think that should also be on my list. It seems like a very interesting idea.
And the top of my bucketlist is the Radiohead’s concert in Oslo in June. It is my all time favourite band and especially after revisiting their music on my favourite series: Black Mirror and Westworld, I have fallen in love with Radiohead all over again. So, we are planning to go to their concert. I am so looking forward to it.
I think 2017 is gonna be exciting. What do you think? What are your plans for 2017?
I fell in love with Radiohead again. My first semester in Tromsø was Radiohead day in and day out. But over the two years, I grew out of it.
Thanks to beautiful cover of Radiohead’s songs by Ramin Djawadi, I fell in love with Radiohead again. This whole day I have been listening to ‘Exit music for a film’. It’s so beautiful.
Today. We escape. We escape.
I was listening to Nepali music. This particular song called ‘Suskera haru’ by my favourite Nepali band Night captured my heart. Throughout the bus ride, I played the song on repeat. Music like this brings me closer to home. ❤
“When did I become so afraid of feeling something?”
That’s one of the questions I have been asking myself. There have been many experiences where I found myself being so scared. Scared of feeling, scared of the unknown and scared of living.
Trying my best to work on it.
Listening to Ayurveda on repeat since yesterday . Probably one of the bands that I never get tired of.
This song. So beautiful. Almost psychedelic!
I always felt so guilty about spending so much money on coffee. I love café hopping and getting drinks in Norway gets quite expensive. But I realised that I love these moments in life. I love sitting by myself getting some coffee or hot chocolate, reading a book, listening to music and watch life pass by. And I always end up becoming friends with people serving me. It’s nice!
I stopped giving a shit about spending money on coffee. I don’t have any other bad habits anyways. I can live with this!
This is the happiest moment of today where I am sitting in my favourite café, reading, working, doodling, drinking hot chocolate with whipped cream on top! They are playing so cool music.
It was a very dear friend’s birthday yesterday. I sent him a text and asked him what he was upto. He said he spent all day and night in front of the computer editing his song. Then, he sent me the link. I have been playing that song on repeat!
P.S. This is what I would call hauntingly beautiful! Once in a while there comes a song like this that just captures your heart and you can’t stop listening. They lyrics is very calming yet with a hint of sadness. And the music is something that gets stuck in your head. Oh! If I were back home, I’d probably go out for a tea and have a long chat with him. Our chiya guff (tea talk) is due since a long time. 😊
Bastard bar tonight. They have jam session on Tuesdays. Funk music is so cool. I can’t stop grooving. There’s a new band and the drummer is fucking insane. He feels the music. His stage presence is so strong that you can’t help but just soak into the flow.
Met an old friend. Catching up! Didn’t manage to take any good picture from this angle but here’s an old one.
Today was a musical day. The temperature was still 22 degrees and Tromsø was glowing beautifully with the renewed summer glow. There was a music festival in city centre. I roamed around alone and met my artist friend. I got to taste the best handmade coffee I have ever tasted in Tromsø. It was about time.
The reason for my happiness today however is this picture I found by chance on the Internet. It is a little stream near our university. I have a beautiful memory with him in this place. 😊
Reason no. 2 is this chocolate. Our new favourite. It’s an organic milk chocolate with raspberry and lemon bites. Oh it’s a burst of taste in the mouth. Love it. I have been buying this for my favourite people. The cover itself is so pretty, no?
He’s away and I am alone. It’s nice rejuvenating time alone. 😊