Monday, July 27, 2009

Turn it on, turn it on...
Let the feelings flow
Close your eyes...
See the ones you used to know

Open up, open up...
Don't struggle to relate
Lure it out...
Help the memory escape

Like reflections on the page... the world's what you create

~ Wither (Black Clouds and Silver Linings, 2009)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Chikmagalur trip - Hunkal Woods

Chikmagalur trip

This is going to be a full fledged trip log. Noticing how my recent trip posts have been rather short, this time, I want to let the floodgates open :D

One among our gang was heading off to Australia for an MBA and so we thought we should do a weekend trip someplace before he leaves the country. The destination was basically chosen over a cup of coffee at Barista, thanks to an enlightened soul called Murali. No sooner than the words "Hunkal Woods" came out of his mouth, Girish was on his phone talking to the owners of the Hunkal Woods estate in Chikmagalur and inquiring/negotiating about the tarrifs. This was 6 days before to the planned start of the trip. Over the next 3 days, 6 people had confirmed and we had a booking confirmed, thanks to Naren, who made the payment. We decided we'll rent a mazda so that none of us will have the headache of driving, considering that the destination is 280kms away, and also everyone gets to travel together and have fun along the journey as well.

Monday, July 06, 2009


Theater! DT, Prog Metal, Experimentation, Chaos, Melody, Extreme talent, Guitar/Keyboard harmonics

Well, that previous paragraph came out more like a tag cloud! Phew. So, I've begun a rediscovery of sorts, of this amazingly talented bunch of people that form what is popularly called Dream Theater. The things John Petrucci can do with a guitar, that Jordan Rudess can do on a keyboard are simply mind blowing, to say the least.

Even though its most unfair to judge a band with just one song, I think I can make an exception in this case. "Take the time" - this one song should encompass all that Dream Theater is and probably more. From a bird's eye overview, this song just sounds like a garbled mess with the music score distributed among 'n' different eccentric fellows, each of who wanted the song to go in an entirely different direction! I'm sure a lot of people turn themselves off to DT at this and move onto "greener" (?) pastures of pop (??).

But some brave people do dive in - there's chaos yet some semblance of order (I'm still talking about that one song). The rhythm does not stay the same for more than 30 seconds or so. No sooner than you become accustomed to a head banging pattern, you've got to stop and change gears (oh - beware of neck sprains!). Do let the competing guitar and keyboard solos completely sink in - calmness amidst chaos! For most part of the 8 minutes and 21 seconds, you'll feel like you're on a roller coaster ride that's running on a crazily varying electricity supply. Its an experience of life - so many things happening at once that its very easy to feel overwhelmed. But it does land you in a soft cushion of assuredness of a steady chapter at the end.

The timing could not have been better for their new album to come out - Black Clouds and Silver Linings. Cannot wait to explore that.

# One of their albums is aptly named Systematic Chaos