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Music, Me & My Neighbors

I always count my fingers till the weekend come, guess every one do 😀 it’s not that I don’t like to work, but my work place is not like where you guys work (if you do actually work :P), bit hard to concentrate as people keep on coming and bother me or give me some thing else to do, then I have to stop every thing I was doing and attend to that. Well, with my line of work with out concentration it’s hard to work, but its challenging and the strange thing is I LOVE what I do.
I have been a music lover since the day’s of Audio tapes of rather Cassettes, and AM radio (I know half u you guys don’t know what that is), Tube (Valve) radios, use to recode songs off the AM radio to cassettes and make mix tapes.  Then came CityFM, the 1st FM Stereo Channel in Sri Lanka, this was a multi lingual channel, with Sinhala, Tamil and English. Use to start at 7PM and I still can remember how happy I was to see the “Stereo” LED lights up on the RADIO.  it sound heavenly to me when comparison to AM radio.
We didn’t have a BIG HiFI system. Only a Stereo cassette player made by Sanyo. I grove up with Nanda Malanee, T.M Jayarathne, Jim Reeves, ABBA playing.  We moved to a new place and its no Colombo, I was the only one who was listening to English music when I came there. and even the kids use to ask “What the heck are you listening to”, when I started to doing O/L, I was so in to music and sounds, I built my own speakers, amplifiers and even the cassette players. Do you believe my dream back in the days was to get a CD player? I use to dream about it, I know other kids at my age use to dream about other stuff, my dream was to have a CD Player :D, when I think about electronics, I didn’t have money to buy a soldering ion, so what I did was took a copper coin and hammered it around a bicycle spoke and put it over the kerosene cookers and solder with that 🙂 I never wanted to bother my parents with stuff. I always try to buy things my self even when I was little.
from Modern Talking, MC Hammer I turn my music love to R. Kelly, Led Zeppelin, AC&DC and 2PAC, one day when I was playing 2pac my mom came and ask me “Do you understand what they are saying ?” and I was like “yeah, filthy words” and after that she never ask me that question 😀 but I know my nabors, even my friends thought of me as a nut case for listening to those kind a music, you have to understand this is NO Colombo, even in Colombo people was scared to listen to them 😛 those days I can name any song by heart, I should say thanks to stations like TNL Radio for player Rick Dees Weekly Top 40. TNL use to have this request show at 12pm. I use to call them and request “How do you want it” by 2pac, 😀 those days radios hardly played RAP.
yes, my dream did come true one day, my 1st CD Player was a Sony CDP-350, it was a used one but i was a happy camper 🙂 its hard to explain the feeling you get when you listen to music with the stuff you made your self, speakers boxes made out of cardboard tubes, AMPS built on top of a table.
Now things have changed a lot, my Nabors now listen to RAP :D, not the good kind, the dumb kind sing by Sri Lankans, well not saying all the Sri Lankan rap are bad, but 99.9% of them are. what they says don’t mean a SHIT, rapping is saying what you feel and getting your word out, not blabbering some random words or making dumb faces and finger/hand gesture. People like Kasun Kalhara have real talent, take Sirasa Suppers Stars or any other copy cat shows like that and American Idol, you can really feel the talent deference. Take Kamal who host Super starts, how dumb is he to be or rather copy Ryan SeaCrest, why cant he be more like them some one else, In Sri Lanka you call singers as talented when they can sing like the original singer, Eg: if one can sing like Amaradewa, he’s talented, in other part of the world people call them impersonators or doubles.  i think as Sri Lankan we have a long long way to go when it comes to music.
Music always make me happy, now I hardly get a chance to enjoy music the way I want to, with a good system with my work and I come home late, cant blast music at that time, but today I really got a chance to enjoy some good music. from a boy with a home made tape player and cardboard tube speakers, I have some a long way, Yamaha Amplifiers, Bose speakers, 7.1 Surround sound, drams do come true…. all you have to do is dream…

I always count my fingers till the weekend come, guess every one do 😀 it’s not that I don’t like to work, but my work place is not like where you guys work (if you do actually work :P), bit hard to concentrate as people keep on coming and bother me or give me some thing else to do, then I have to stop every thing I was doing and attend to that. Well, with my line of work with out concentration it’s hard to work, but its challenging and the strange thing is I LOVE what I do.

I have been a music lover since the day’s of Audio tapes of rather Cassettes, and AM radio (I know half u you guys don’t know what that is), Tube (Valve) radios, use to recode songs off the AM radio to cassettes and make mix tapes.  Then came CityFM, the 1st FM Stereo Channel in Sri Lanka, this was a multi lingual channel, with Sinhala, Tamil and English. Use to start at 7PM and I still can remember how happy I was to see the “Stereo” LED lights up on the RADIO.  it sound heavenly to me when comparison to AM radio.

We didn’t have a BIG HiFI system. Only a Stereo cassette player made by Sanyo. I grove up with Nanda Malanee, T.M Jayarathne, Jim Reeves, ABBA playing.  We moved to a new place and its no Colombo, I was the only one who was listening to English music when I came there. and even the kids use to ask “What the heck are you listening to”, when I started to doing O/L, I was so in to music and sounds, I built my own speakers, amplifiers and even the cassette players. Do you believe my dream back in the days was to get a CD player? I use to dream about it, I know other kids at my age use to dream about other stuff, my dream was to have a CD Player :D, when I think about electronics, I didn’t have money to buy a soldering ion, so what I did was took a copper coin and hammered it around a bicycle spoke and put it over the kerosene cookers and solder with that 🙂 I never wanted to bother my parents with stuff. I always try to buy things my self even when I was little.

from Modern Talking, MC Hammer I turn my music love to R. Kelly, Led Zeppelin, AC&DC and 2PAC, one day when I was playing 2pac my mom came and ask me “Do you understand what they are saying ?” and I was like “yeah, filthy words” and after that she never ask me that question 😀 but I know my Neighbors, even my friends thought of me as a nut case for listening to those kind a music, you have to understand this is NO Colombo, even in Colombo people was scared to listen to them 😛 those days I can name any song by heart, I should say thanks to stations like TNL Radio for player Rick Dees Weekly Top 40. TNL use to have this request show at 12pm. I use to call them and request “How do you want it” by 2pac, 😀 those days radios hardly played RAP.

yes, my dream did come true one day, my 1st CD Player was a Sony CDP-350, it was a used one but i was a happy camper 🙂 its hard to explain the feeling you get when you listen to music with the stuff you made your self, speakers boxes made out of cardboard tubes, AMPS built on top of a table.

Now things have changed a lot, my Neighbors now listen to RAP :D, not the good kind, the dumb kind sing by Sri Lankans, well not saying all the Sri Lankan rap are bad, but 99.9% of them are. what they says don’t mean a SHIT, rapping is saying what you feel and getting your word out, not blabbering some random words or making dumb faces and finger/hand gesture. People like Kasun Kalhara have real talent, take Sirasa Suppers Stars or any other copy cat shows like that and American Idol, you can really feel the talent deference. Take Kamal who host Super starts, how dumb is he to be or rather copy Ryan SeaCrest, why cant he be his own self then some one else, In Sri Lanka you call singers as talented when they can sing like the original singer, Eg: if one can sing like Amaradewa, he’s talented, in other part of the world people call them impersonators or doubles.  I think as Sri Lankan we have a long long way to go when it comes to music.

Music always make me happy, now I hardly get a chance to enjoy music the way I want to, with a good system. with my work and all I come home late, cant blast music at that time, but today I really got a chance to enjoy some good music. from a boy with a home made tape player and cardboard tube speakers, I have come a long way, Yamaha Amplifiers, Bose speakers, 7.1 Surround sound, dreams do come true…. all you have to do is dream…

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12 Responses to “Music, Me & My Neighbors”

  1. Oshan Says:

    wow awsme post i remmbr ma 1st speaker it was rs 30 but i had to clean the whole house for 1,2,5 rupee coins 😛 lol and the box was a lego set , hehe awsme days

  2. Udara Says:

    Just like u, we also had a National Panasonic Radio Cassette which is 3 years older than me.. and that’s who taught me to love the music.. but i didn’t hear English music like u in the past.. we had only few radio channels.. “welanda sewaya, swadeshiya sewaya and rajarata sewaya”.. just like u, me too loved to see that Red LED to blink which indicate Stereo sounds.. and our radio tuned my ears to the good music.. thankz for yo post boss.. it reminds ma sweet past which was sour @ that time…

  3. Kalinga Says:

    @Udara

    yes, sweet memory’s, today i was listening to some ABBA songs and it just remind me of the past.

  4. Harshadewa Ariyasinghe Says:

    Nice post with some valuable recalls from history!

    It’s so true that Sri Lankan Music got to go a very long way to at least catch the tail of India, in terms of rich music compositions and an intelligent audience.

  5. Kalinga Says:

    @Harsha

    so true, i guess it has to do with the audience, but at the same time if the musicians are not given the audience good content, then the audience don’t know what they are missing.

  6. Harshadewa Ariyasinghe Says:

    @Kalinga

    True! The standard of the listeners/ audience is always kept with Musicians standard and performance. When you don’t have brilliant musicians who can’t take the music to a high level, that country’s music goes to dogs. So sad! 🙁

  7. Malinthe Says:

    Hehe now I know why you were so fired up when you saw me listening to some ABBA stuff 😀 Good post. You should write posts like this more often. Cheers.

  8. Kalinga Says:

    @Malinthe

    yeah right you and ABBA 😀

  9. Malinthe Says:

    @Kalinga: Why what’s wrong? 😛 Is it weird?

  10. Buddika Says:

    great post!i also such a crazy guy when i was younger,i always wanted to build a amp but i couldn’t do it,it was just a mono one,i jst had a national panasonic radio which is about 10 yrs older than me,i was also amazed with the AFC & stereo LEDs,but at that time there was sirasa fm too 🙂 i used to record it to cassetes hehe(actually i destroyed my dad’s collection by over-recoding these),but i loved to listen to SW transmissions,even now(but now i don’t have time to play),listening to CRI Sinhala transmission was such an amazement to me,even now we can listen to few MW transmissions in sinahala,one is All India Radio (1053kHz);i still love the crappy sounds 😛 my dream was to have a satellite reciver,there was a huge dish with my friend and he watched cartoon network all day,(when i was in grade 3),when i was at grade 10,i used to learn about natural radio and other stuff DXing ..etc,but couldn’t make a LW reciver to observe sun and other astronomical things,then i got satellite reciver and set up it with help of the great K 😉
    i always tell anyone to do yourself other than buying something,it needs less money and can make a change,thnx Kalinga aiya for writing these DIYs and great posts 🙂

    @Udara,Now SLBC is also transmitted on Intelsat 12,now i’m listening to City FM 🙂

  11. sanzilla Says:

    I hate radio boys.

    Listen to the radio now these days.
    You said that you are a music lover ,
    what about political music ?

    :p

    L0L 😛

    Radio will never better than the computer.

  12. Chinthana Jayaweera Says:

    Good Post loku ayya……….!
    And your Dreams are great! 🙂

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