DP Daily Prompt: EarWorm Post by Ranu

My favourite is John Lennon’s song:  “Imagine”

Imagine there’s no heaven

Imagine There's No Hunger    -  Strawberry Fie...

Imagine There’s No Hunger – Strawberry Fields – Central Park, NYC (Photo credit: asterix611)

It’s easy if you try

No hell below us

Above us only sky

Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there’s no countries

It isn’t hard to do

Nothing to kill or die for

And no religion too

Imagine all the people living life in peace

You, may say

I’m a dreamer ,but I’m not the only one

I hope some day you’ll join us

And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions

I wonder if you can

No need for greed or hunger

A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people sharing all the world

You, may say

I’m a dreamer,

But I’m not the only one

I hope some day you’ll join us

And the world will live as one

This song speaks to me,in a way nothing else can.It has everything that tells me how to make the world a better place. The assortment of countries,possessions,greed,hunger, religions,all these are the problems of the world. Remove them and there will be peace and tranquility.

It’s my thought.

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DP Daily Prompt: Critical Eye Post by Ranu.

I am sorry this prompt does not give me any confidence.A Music Critic? This is just a joke I think.I did not study music.Yes I love music.Taking the role of a critic is not an easy subject.

I can say I love Celine Dionne’s voice,she sings her songs so beautifully.I love her song in the Titanic.

Madonna’s song ,”don’t cry for me Argentina is beautiful.It feels as though she really means every word in that song.To me she is very talented .She has what it takes to make one believe.

Julie Andrew’s song; The hills are alive with the sound of music  was remarkable.

Yesterday while going to the mall I heard someone singing a song .I asked my daughter who she was,it was Pink.Now she has talent,the way she can change her voice according to the lyrics is truly amazing.

I only picked the ones I like. The ones who have no talent and still are doing well,is amazing.I wonder why?

You can tell I have failed as a music critic.But it was fun writing about some of the talented ones.

There are hundreds of Indian singers who are blessed with remarkable voice and are also gifted lyricists. I am not sure if I name them people will recognize them. Just for fun I’ll name one.His name is Mohammed Rafi. He is not alive but he still is very popular. One song I have listened several times in the past few days begins thus:   Dil jo na keh saka wohi Raa-ze dil kehne ki raat ayee,from the Bollywood movie ‘Bheegi Raat’.

Mohammed Rafi

Mohammed Rafi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is all I can say about my knowledge of Music.

Atmatran “Defending One’s self” by R.Tagore translated by Ranu

English: Photo of Rabindranath Tagore, taken i...

English: Photo of Rabindranath Tagore, taken in 1905 or 1906 by the poet and artist Sukumar Ray, father of Satyajit Ray (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a song from Tagore’s collection,named ” Rabindra-Sangeet”

Oh Lord , my prayer to you is not to save me from danger __

but to strengthen my mind so I am not afraid of danger.

I do not expect you to console me when I am in pain or  suffering,

I need the courage to conquer sadness.

If I am unable to get a companion     make me able enough  to carry on alone_

If I suffer loss,    because of deceit,

give me the resilience to protect my mind.

I am not praying to save me___

I want help so that I do not give up.

DO not console me by lightening my burden,

but inspire me to carry the burden gracefully.

In days of happiness  humbly I will recognize you__

In my nights of sadness when the world deceives me

keep me from doubting you,my Lord!

Life’s Journey by Tagore Translation by ranu

Life’s Journey     Rabindranath Tagore

Your journey is beginning.     Mine is ending.

You and I together will flow on forever.

Your light is shining, you have a companion.

I have the night before me.   The stars are shining above me.

Your journey is beginning. Mine is ending.

You are on land.     I am in the water.

You are sitting calmly.    I am restless and moving.

Your hand is young and strong.   My hand is old and rusty.

In your mind you are fearful.     I am free from fear.

Your journey is beginning.  Mine is ending.

You and I together will flow on forever.

‘O River’

River Whale

River Whale (Photo credit: goingslo)

English: The transliteration of "bengali&...

English: The transliteration of “bengali” in Bengali language. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

O River is a Bengali song.The singer is Hemant Kumar from Kolkata. I thought of translating into English because of its lyrics and the singer’s depth and passion,while singing it.I have listened multiple times and did not get tired. Here is my translation,I have added my thought to give a clear picture of the mood.

        ‘O River’

I only want to ask you,

Tell me where is your country?

Is there no end to your flow?

O River

You don’t have anything to hold you back,

Is this why you have no home?

One moment I see you flowing slowly,

And the next moment you are flowing swiftly.

Tell me O River where is your country?

Is there no end to your flowing?

With your flow you break a bank, and then you build another.

Someone who has no bank to break or build,

What do you do for it?

You are falsely thinking I am a stranger,

But I want to be a friend and I like to know,

Do you have no time to spare?

I would like to know your happy and sad moments.

Tell me ,O River where are you from?

Is there no end to your movement?

The river of life is our journey which we agree to take. Every living thing also goes through this journey. All of us are here for a purpose we are expected to learn,things to teach,much to learn and more to give. The choice we have is learning to navigate and understand the current of the river we find ourselves in.Sometimes the waters are cool and clear ,sometimes they are not.Despite the problems we might face, we have to be ready and work out the problems that face us,so that we can make our journey effortless and enjoyable!