Thu, 25 Feb, 2021

Music, Guitar, and Me

By Sushant Gurung

In my opinion, music can be the medium through which we can express our feelings in the form of words or a piece of melody. Everyone likes to listen to music. People listen to their favorite type of music when they are gloomy, cheerful, excited. Without music life is miserable. My passion toward music started when I saw my brother playing with his band. They were practicing for a show in their college. Mostly my attention went towards the guitarist. He was playing the song nicely and hitting each note perfectly. The sound from the guitar was adding more flavor to the music. So I went home and requested my parent to buy me a guitar. After many requests, I got one as a birthday gift, it was not so great looking but it helped me learn the chords. I used to practice a lot playing the chords. After some weeks, I was able to play chords of some Nepali songs. Most of the time, I used to hang around with one of my friends as he also was a beginner guitarist like me and we used to practice a lot. As time passed, we were able to play more notes. One day he came up to me and said lets practice some rock songs. We started from the song, ‘Smoke on the Water’ by Deep Purple. I enjoyed it a lot more than the songs that I used to play before. Slowly we started to play rock songs. I used to listen to a lot of rock bands like Gun’s N Roses, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron maiden etc... Slowly my taste of music from pop, R&B changed to hard and heavy rock. I used to practice a lot more than before as the songs were hard to play. Whenever I had the time I used to listen to new songs and practice. It was like a daily after school. Though after joining college, I wasn’t able to give it much time, but on weekends and holidays I started listening to other genres like metal, jazz and sometimes also jam with my brother. Music was not so important to me 5 years ago as it is to me now. It has become an essential part of my life, say, another basic need. My parents always wanted to see me with a book rather than with the guitar and listening to the guys with long hair playing some rough music. But I made listening and playing music as my hobby because it makes me happy. Whenever I am angry I listen to songs which helps to soothe my mind. I think it has made my life better and I want to say that “Keep Calm and Listen to Music.”