This word came into my personal space when my son Jai Natarajan introduced me to Unplugged by Eric Clapton. Tears in Heaven was the song and it had a huge impact on my appreciation of music. In fact it rejigged my critical listening of songs that were in my favourite playlist.


There was one song especially sung by a favourite singer of us siblings, Mukesh…not entirely unplugged but the first bits are like that.

The importance of lyrics is primary in Indian pop music and Carnatic music. The lyrics are poetry and if you can understand the language, often beautiful verses are penned and set to music. Of course, the joke is that a list of the words suitable to the situation are provided to the songwriter who then strings them together in permutation combinations…So you will have love, heartbreak, pain, society, sky, flowers, deserts, seas, society as words to be set to tune for a sad song!!

Modern film music is so much sound and the words are mumbled and therefore I cannot relate a great deal to it. I am quite intrigued to see youngsters using an app on their Ipads to play drums and percussion instruments with the touch of a finger. Notice the English words…the percussion click is quite prominent

Not having percussion is actually going against the grain. For, it is the pulse in your body that responds to the rhythms of life and the external world and makes the heart sing with joy! Yet, the overuse of percussion in Heavy Metal is not my cup of tea!

However, in unplugged music, the beat may be missing, but the timing is kept! One of the songs that has made a great impact on our pop music world is “Breathless” and here are two proponents of this genre!!

S P Balasubramanian


Lullabies are beautiful pieces of music…and necessarily, I think, they sound divine without beats and drums. To make a child sleep is a difficult task and soft music helps to lull them. Drums would have them jumping around like flies!!

Becoming unplugged was something I decided to do on Mondays…I put away my Ipad, laptop et all. I however had to keep the mobile going. I managed for 4 Mondays and then life happened! I keep the mobile near my bed…never mind everybody telling me not to do so. I keep it on silent, but the vibration does prod me awake…have I told you that my hearing is very sharp! With kids away in different Time Zones, I feel the need to be on call! I tend to have wakeful periods in the night nad many friends chuckle at the time shown in my posts….they mutter…”Ah! PN is Sleepless in Bengaluru”!!

This is my take on this week’s Friday 5 On 1 blog post topic..suggested by me after received a meme from Ramana Rajgopaul…my brother.


The other four bloggers who write on the same topic every Friday are Shackman, Conrad, Ramana, Sanjanaah and Prof.Natarajan.

Please drop in to their respective blogs to see what they write about this topic.



About padmum

You could call me Dame Quixote! I tilt at windmills. I have an opinion on most matters. What I don't have, my husband Raju has in plenty. Writer and story teller, columnist and contributer of articles, blogs, poems, travelogues and essays to Chennai newspapers, national magazines and websites, I review and edit books for publishers and have specialized as a Culinary Editor and contributed content, edited and collaborated on Cookbooks. My other major interest used to be acting on Tamil and English stage, Indian cinema and TV. I am a wordsmith, a voracious reader, crossword buff and write about India's heritage, culture and traditions. I am interested in Vedanta nowadays. I am now an Armchair traveller/opinionator/busybody!
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2 Responses to UNPLUGGED–PN’s Take

  1. rummuser says:

    What is called out of the box thinking and writing and beautiful. Tears in heaven is one of my favourites too. As is another song introuduced to me by coincidentally, Jai, is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DjnXpDRPFo


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