My Rock

Michelle made a post about her 100 favorite songs. But I guess with a list that long, you will end up including a few on ‘how-can-I-leave-that-out’ reasons. So I thought I will put down 10, and another 10 as close runs.

Exposure to music happened during college, the place where 70’s rock rules! The list may sound like a college party request list. But how many of the newer songs stay with you longer than 3-6 months? Drops of Jupiter? May be. But as for music in general in the new millennium, I doubt any.

  1. Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin

  2. Layla – Derek & The Dominos

  3. Dust In The Wind – Kansas

  4. Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd

  5. Still Loving You – Scorpions

  6. Brothers In Arms – Dire Straits

  7. Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple

  8. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd

  9. Nothing Else Matters – Metallica

  10. With Or Without You – U2

  • Arun

    In college you have the time to be exposed to plenty of music — and you have plenty of friends to share it with.

    As the years go by, the friends move away but the music stays. Largely because of the shared experience and the memories it brings back. But also because it IS great music.

    It is my theory that post college, we tend to close our minds to true change; there are too many new experiences happening, too many new challenges to meet and therefore more comfort in the things we already believe in. It is a strange kind of conformity.

    Otherwise our musical tastes should change with the new set of friends we acquire. There could be another reason for this not happening: the bonding between the new friends isn’t as powerful as that in college. So, there: you are left with a legacy of youth that you learn to carry around like a badge of honour.

    However, once you do acquire a new set of friends, perhaps in the late 30s or early 40s, notice how your musical taste changes a little? All those greater than 30 raise your hands if you agree.

  • Sinoj Mullangath

    Nice insight, Arun. Yes, I agree, the change in how you reflect life is the weakest when you are in your consolidating years: 25-35y. I think, any big changes that can occur during this time are mainly corrections, not an indulgence.

    And post 35, you tend to know your path, you know where the lights are, the turns are and so you relax and look around to exclaim “Wow! Changes!”, in a very pleasant welcoming way.

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