The worst thing to happen for a severely self-critical person is to lose the sense of purpose and that is what kept me away from this website for all this time. That and the fact that I wanted to do an experiment. This is interesting and worth sharing.
Music has been a part of my life ever since I remember my life. It is almost as ingrained into my being as my blood is or my soul is. So I wanted to test and see if I can go for an entire year without listening to music. And I did. It was the roughest thing I have ever done but i did it. I started slow, stopped listening to some of my favorite songs and cutting down listening to music during my usual times and then I suddenly went cold turkey. Of all the things I could live without, this was the toughest one. What did I learn from all this? I have renewed love and appreciation for what music means to me. Now, when I listen to a song, it is not a passive listening anymore. I actually give my full attention and listen to it with concentration. I actually had cravings for certain songs during the no-music phase. I did not watch movies for that entire year so that I would not listen to any music inadvertently. All in all, it changed me as a person. Obviously, I could not write here much when I was on music diet so I refrained from writing about music.
I have also been reflecting hard to figure out why i need to write here. I can't say I have found the purpose yet. I am actually typing this post out of a whim. Lately, I have been doing things because i feel like it more so than because I need to. So here is another one of those things. To all my 1.5 readers that read this shit, welcome and thank you. We shall keep up these shenanigans for as long as I feel like doing so. Keep coming back for more... or don't.. I won't judge you :)
I needed this break so that when I wrote it was coming from a place of willingness and not becoz I was doing it just for the sake of appearances. So here I am... to share thoughts and musings that interest me in this new year.
After listening to the Telugu and Tamil versions of "Kaara Attakara" and "Mental Madhilo/OK Jaanu" tracks, I am frankly burnt out on those tracks. Yes, it is my fault that I did overdid them in Telugu and Tamil and now when I play the Hindi versions the taste is a little too familiar.
What really caught my attention were "Enna Sona", "Maula Wa Sallim", "Sunn Bhavara", and "The Humma Song".
Yes, I am okay with reboots of old songs if it is done right. I think Humma rehash is done right and 21sted in the best possible way imaginable. It is fun to listen, makes me enjoy the newness in it while bringing back all the old memories from the original song. Yeah, for those that are born yesterday, there was a Humma song made in 93/94 and this is a rehash of the old song. Yes, we heard it first!!
Enna Sona - I really don't quite know where to begin with this one. There are some songs that touch your heart chords in many different ways and this is one of those songs. I have to give first kudos to Mr. Gulzar saheb. Amazing lyrics. I had to bug a punjabi friend of mine to help me with the translation and was blown away with the meaning. Arijit Singh gets the next credit for his soothing voice and clean and simple rendition. This guy is a powerhouse to watch out for. ARR gets the last but the best credit for not only giving fresh tune for this ballad instead of trying to redo the song from Tamil and Telugu versions. That song "Aye Amayaka" is beautiful too but with "Enna Sona" ARR hit it out of the park. I think this is an example of what songs should be like. The emotions are words are the king and those should be aptly supported by vocals and tune.
Sunn Bhavara is a melodious composition and it is just a delight to sit back in a chair, close eyes, and listen to Shashaa Tirupati. This hindustani raag based composition brings out the best out of Shashaa. This is my favorite song in the album after Enna Sona. Also important to note that ARR changed the tune from what was used in the Tamil and Telugu versions. Loved the composition!!
All in all a very well made album. Go give it a listen!! Two thumbs up from me.
Imagine this! You are walking on a quite street around dusk time, no one around you and the weather is nice and breezy. And then imagine that you have your headphones on and this song is blaring into your ears. There are very few things that can beat this feeling. Try it!
I will run out of words if I started praising Arijit Singh. He is hands down one of the most talented singer this generation has seen. Such maturity, such beautiful voice quality, such intensity, and such talent is a rare combination. He reminds me of Sonu Nigam only an even better version.
Shall we say that Ranbir Kapoor is a combination of all the talent and the good looks that the Kapoor genes could bestow in one person. He is universe's answer to indian movie fans for putting up with all his family members from previous generations. Pritam is evolving, Karan Johar is evolving, RK, AS, and ARB are all evolving as actors... I am looking forward to this movie and the music album.
If Karan Johar is trying to grab people's attention by this teaser roll out, he got my attention alright!!