The Times..They are a Changin’

Well…it’s been quite a while since I’ve joined LJ…so that’s quite a stretch between me becoming a member to my very first post :P…but hey…it’s better late than never…

My other blog was primarily for my editorial efforts..stuff that I’d written for Daily Star’s Lifestyle supplement but as you’ll notice (if you visit it…that is) my last post there was made quite a while back as well…the reason being that I’ve not been able to take in a lot of assignments lately …

Since my marriage this March and my time spent with my band GrooveTrap and what with my full-time job as a copywriter at an ad agency…I always seem to be running short of time! Oh for having more than just 24 hours in a single day!

Anyways…today, I thought would be a great day to post my first entry. I’ve been having a rather great day so it had all the right vibes to start something that I’d been putting off for quite a while..hehe

During America’s Presidential Campaign, I’d been rooting for Obama to win. Needless to say, I’m ecstatic over the fact that he has. After watching the fiasco, which was Bush, over these past few years, I was more than ready for a ‘Change’ and was horrified about the idea of someone like Palin (and/or her associates) taking over the management of one of the most powerful and influential nations in the world. Well now that it’s all over, I can breath a sigh of great relief and satisfaction…

The second reason I’ve been having a great day is because the plans for launching GrooveTrap’s debut album has well and truly kicked off. I’ve been preparing the guest list…we’ve a restriction on how many people we can invite to the event which is to be held this 21st at Radisson hotel…and it feels like I’m getting married all over again! Who to invite? Whom can I overlook? Who am I forgetting?

After months of juggling with writing lyrics, recording songs, meeting with the designers of our CD sleeve, poster and official website, doing shows late into the night, running after sponsors…while doing a full-time job and keeping house….I can say that no one would be happier than I after the 21st has come and gone…

I’m not saying I haven’t been enjoying it…all the feelings of frustration are quite nicely mixed with a feel-good-happy-happy vibe. But I just wish that things were more systematic here in my country. The music industry, and everything else in between, needs a serious overhaul. For that we need the right people in the right place, doing the right things at the right time. That’s a tough enough calling as it is even for a developed nation like America (as we saw during this campaign) and yes, Bangladesh has a long, long way to go.

But I’ve hope yet. Corruption is everywhere. In my opinion the ‘rich’ countries are simply more adept at hiding it all (watch Michael Moore’s “Sicko” which focuses on America’s health care system for just a little insight). So let’s not moan over something that’ll be around even after we’re long dead and buried. I’d rather create a fuss over things that aren’t around but can be.

We need progressive thinkers like Obama at all levels of our country’s administration, down to the root level. Yunus is doing his bit regarding the level of poverty in the country and hopefully his disciples will carry on his legacy once he’s gone. And I’m pretty confident that sometime in the distant future, we’ll see faces from our generation (or maybe the next) doing the very same thing. Bringing about progressive changes at all levels. Yes, even in the music industry.

The times…they will be changing…