Some days are just bursting with happiness. There’s just so much of it, my poor little heart quivers, balks at the thought of taking it all in, in one go. I want it in neat little measured packets. But it comes at me in vast quantities, gushing over me, washing me down in pure bliss. Like when it rains tears, and you have no idea why. Have you ever been so happy, it comes out in tears? Today was that kind of day. Where a single song can hit the spot like a thousand bursts of splendour all at once.
And it started here:
You know its going to be a happy day when you come in to work and realise that Coke Studio Pakistan Season 5 has kicked off. And then you chance upon Tahir Mithu, who is like a power packed intense dose of pure, unadulterated abandon. And the joy that comes with it.
There is something pure and honest about music like this, when you hear it just one and it touches you in a way like nothing has in a long time. When it makes you so happy you can’t help but let the tears just happen. Because you have no other way to express what you’ve just felt. And when it fills you with a joy you cannot describe. And of course when the track goes on to play on loop for the next 72 hours. And you do not tire even after.
Part of it is the music. I don’t know what the folks at Coke Studio Pakistan eat, or do in life, but they have just nailed their music. Every last micro-tone, every mini-beat, every bar, is there, right where it needs to be. Not a speck more, or less. It’s in the tight instrumentation. In the perfectly tuneful vocals. In the refreshing, intelligent, uber-creative collaborations. The music, for the sake of music. The lack of unnecessary glamour and promotion of half-assed, non-musical people, but true artists (Are you listening Coke Studio India?). And in the fact that everyone is there for a reason. To make good music.
But a large part of it is in finding people like Tahir Mithu. Whose every pore breathes music. One look at this video and you can tell, the man lives, breathes, eats, sleeps music. And that’s the kind of passion that has the power to transport you to raptures in an instant. There is far too much good, soulful music in this world, for me to soak up in one life time. And finding Tahir Mithu has been a privilege I am so happy to have had. Watching him sit there, exuding such simplicity, passion and togetherness for what he does, just blew me. Here’s a man who opens his mouth and hits the right note, he’s just so all there with every sound. There he is, without a care in the world, for the fancy house band, the hot backing vocal girls, or the busy strobes whirring around him. His stance speaks confidence, speaks Im-here-to-sing, and Im-loving-every-minute-of-this.
And then I watched the jam bits of the episode, which just reduced me to a blithering mess. I’m a sucker for simplicity. I’m a sucker for honesty. And I’m a sucker for love songs. If you want to know what I mean, watch the episode here.
No words can describe the joy this song has brought to my life this week. So I should probably stop trying.
Tahir Mithu is a rock star, and they just don’t make ’em like him anymore.