End of “Not Just Another Week”


As per the rules of experimental blog Viehebdomadaires, this will be my last post. It sure was fun to write for a week (I cheated by not writing on Friday of course). But nevertheless, I also got to learn new things (for example, the word “Movie” is not recognised by the spell check in WordPress while using the UK English dictionary).

When I started writing the first post for the blog, I had a list of articles that I had planned to write over the duration of the week. However, things changed and … well, the posts were not what I had planned and were definitely a lot different what I had expected them to be. This is a bizarre experience, but nevertheless it is definitely interesting to watch how the posts evolved. In retrospect, I suppose this was exactly the aim of the blog, to see what different flavours would turn out in a person/character (assuming all the writers are players in this 52 week-long play). Then again, each week brings in a new dimension that is added by a new incoming author. I am definitely looking forward to the next 49 writers.

Coming back to the weekend itself, it has been quite a lazy weekend. Very minimalist in the amount of works/chores handled. A few movies watched. Saturday was an unexpected night at a dance club in Paris. Expensive but fun, as can be expected of any club in Paris.

Late Sunday evening now and I am listening to music (the one pastime that I prefer over reading). I come to music in this post now because I was very impressed by the Chilean artist Maunel Garcia who was named by the previous writer on this blog – Catherine Elise. I spent the entirety of the previous Sunday evening  listening to different songs by Manuel Garcia. Some of them are very nice and serene… definitely the songs to look out for a subdued quiet weekend evening.

My personal choices of music vary between extremely violent (on the ears) metal music and very subdued calm sounds for my lazier evenings (all my weekends basically). Among the calm ones there are a few that I can always count on. I would like to list some of those out in this post… so here they are:

  • Over the Rainbow (by Jeff Beck)
  • Nessun Dorma (by Jeff Beck)
  • Vielleicht das nächste mal (by Rainbow)
  • Variations sur Marilou (by Serge Gainsbourg)
  • Silvertown Blues (by Mark Knopfler)
  • Tears in Heaven (by Eric Clapton)
  • Phir Dekhiye (by Shankar Ehsaan Loy… from the OST “Rock on!“)
  • Midnight (by Joe Satriani)
  • Cryin’ (by Joe Satriani)
  • Toccata and Fugue in D minor (by J.S. Bach, performed by Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra)

These are the top ten on my list for a quiet weekend. I do realise that tracks “Silvertown blues” and “Toccata and Fugue” are not exactly  quiet or serene so to say. But they make it to almost every single one of my songs play-lists just because I like them a lot! I will provide a very brief description of the rest of the songs in the following paragraphs.

I will not elaborate on the artists because all of them are quite renowned, some even considered legendary. All, except maybe Shankar Ehsaan Loy, who may not be so very well-known among non-Indian or non-bollywood aware readers. I will just venture out to say the trio of Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy along with A R Rahman (who incidentally recently released an album under the title “Superheavy“…very interesting group of musicians there, so do check them out) are probably among the few musicians (singers not included) who have made a very large contribution to the entire Indian music scene. Anyway, here are the descriptions.

The first two compositions, both performed by Jeff Beck are very quiet and calming. Do check them out if you need some calming down at any given point of the day.

The track by Serge Gainsbourg is to be admired only for the simplicity of the music involved. The lyrics are something else altogether. But this French artist definitely had some really awesome tracks and a very interesting style as well.

The tracks by Satriani are well-known and need no introduction.  In general, they are for those of you who enjoy really nice guitar work.

Tears in Heaven and Knocking on heaven’s doors are the two songs of Eric Clapton that I enjoy the most (in comparison with the other Clapton songs I mean), but I have included only one of them in this list as the rest of songs are equally interesting.

I shall leave the interested readers to listen and explore the rest of the tracks and make up their own minds about them. I do like many other songs, especially Indian classical instrumental music. But I cannot possibly include all the tracks of each genre that  I enjoy (every play list in my library has at least 50 songs that I really like). However, I will leave you with one last description.

Among the tracks listed above is another of my favourites. The track by performed by the band Rainbow, carries a German title, “Vielleicht das nächste mal”. This literally translates to “Maybe the next time”. This is quite different from the band’s other songs and is definitely a departure from the “classic rock” style. However, music is a discussion that is better left to the next opportunity of interacting with the people who will be connected by this blog in the future.

Until such an opportunity, I leave you with a

“Maybe the next time”

I wish all the readers a happy week and I hope you enjoy the tracks as much as I do.

Signing off