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Twitter is a marvellous source of information in the age of hand held technology. While news and current affairs are some of the most common trends, Twitter also lets you stay abreast of the trending discussions and topics. Confused? Well, for all those who do not already know, ‘Hash-tags’ and ‘Trending Topics’ are actually Twitter offerings that lets you know what is being thought about or talked about by people (or peeps) all over the world at any given point of time.
It simply seems natural when “Wake me up when September ends” emerges as a Trending Tweet on the 1st day of September. Apparently hibernating through the September fall is an idea that’s appealing to many and mostly Green Day fans. The song however has different layers to it, apart from the easily assumed notion of sleeping through September.
Green Day, the American rock band released this song as the fourth single on their seventh album, American Idiot. Incidentally, the song is dated September 10, and it is track 11 on the album which paved way for much debate and an initial assumption that ‘Wake me up when September ends’ is about the tragic events of 9/11. It was shortly clarified by Billie Joe Armstrong that the song was written in memory of his father. Armstrong’s father, a jazz musician and truck driver, died of esophageal cancer on September 10, 1982, when Armstrong was only 10 years old. During Green Day’s live performances, the song is also dedicated to deceased guitarist Johnny Ramone of the Ramones, who died in September 2004.
The initial belief that ‘the song is related to 9/11’ could have also been triggered by its music video. The video shows two ‘star crossed lovers’ separated by the boy’s choice to enlist for the United States Marine Corps. The boyfriend goes to battle in Iraq and gets ambushed by insurgents. This is juxtaposed with scenes of the tearful girlfriend, emphasizing the pain and heartache of losing loved ones due to the war. Besides having an anti-war sentiment, ‘Wake me up when September ends’ eventually became a tribute to the victims and survivors of Hurricane Katrina. A live version of the song, recorded on September 3, 2005, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts was released soon after and dedicated to the hurricane's victims.
There is a very fascinating aspect to the whole micro-blogging fad, especially Twitter. It is hard to determine whether the trends emerge as a result of some telepathic connection between Tweepals or social media users blindly follow budding trends and make them the success that they are. There’s some food for thought, meditate on that. While you do that, don’t forget to play “Wake me up when September ends” on your iPod / Smartphone.
— compiled by Debjani Hazarika Northeast India is known as the land of festivals and culture. From the beginning, people of this part of the world have been indulging in merriment and diversion. Hence, the music, dance and other forms of art are the integral parts of everyday life. Apart from traditional festivals, since the commencement of television and social media, many young enthusiasts came up with the idea of organising different music events and festivals where local and acclaimed musicians can showcase their talents. Some of the festivals are funded by the state governments while the rest organised with the help of private sponsorship. Here is a list of some of the music and cultural fests we thought you would love to attend if you are into music and adventure. Hornbill Festival (Nagaland) Hornbill Festival 2012, Nagaland (photo: Sudeepta Barua) WHAT? Hornbill Festival WHEN? December WHERE? Naga Heritage Village, Kohima, Nagaland The Hornbill Festival is a celebra
North-East India is very rich in music, dance, tradition and culture. All the eight states of North-East India have something to offer for rock music lovers. Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is also known as 'Rock Capital of India'. Some of the festivals promoting rock music of the region like Hornbill Festival of Nagaland and Ziro Festival of Music in Arunachal Pradesh are quite famous among music lovers. The region gave birth to many well known and respected Rock bands since the 60's. We have compiled a list of 16 (sixteen) comparatively new bands we love listening to all the time. Of course, there are various other bands apart from these sixteen bands who have made their mark on the Rock music scenario of India. We will post about those bands in our next segment. The Vinyl Records (Arunachal Pradesh) | photo: Facebook The Vinyl Records (Arunachal Pradesh) - Formed in February 2010, The Vinyl Records is an All-girl Rock band. They have performed in well
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