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That one evergreen tune

So often we may have played a particular music tune because we were feeling a certain mood. For some a tough week could result in a room smashing track or calming song.
But we all have that one tune which can be played at anytime, in any mood and it brings us back to a certain equilibrium.

Firmament

I’ve long since been a fan of Nitin Sawhney, back from the days I first walked into a music shop in London called Selectadisc (I was 18 back then). Wowed by the music collection, a friend of mine introduced me to a genre of music called Asian Underground. The shop owner played some tracks and I was instantly in awe.

Purchasing a few CDs of this new genre I couldn’t wait to get home to listen at my own leisure. Nitin has produced many albums over the years and performed in hundreds of venues across world, a real music genius.
But of all his tunes, the one I love the most is a short piece which I listen to wherever I am, whatever I am doing.
My most memorable moment? I left home 5am one morning to go cycling. The sky was dark as I started peddling the long silent road. Then the rain started coming down, it was warm drops making noises against my helmet. I stopped over, plugged in my headphones and played Nitin Sawhney’s Firmament. As I rode on with this delicate tune playing in my ears, I was not sure whether it was the rain or tears running down my cheeks, an old cord had been struck…..

Firmament by Nitin Sawhney
Album – London Undersound

Is there a particular tune you consider your evergreen?

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The Song that YouTube honoured – “Why This Kolaveri Di”

Over the weekend I heard the mention of a song, something called Kolaveri….I checked it out yesterday and since this morning, I have been hooked.  Apparently it’s been such a sensation online that YouTube honoured it a gold medal, seeing that it was only released in November last year.

So without further ado, here it is.  Read below some extracts on it I gathered from the corners of the web

 

Why This Kolaveri Di has been described as “genre bending” by critics, built around an ancient South Indian folk rhythm. Its instrumentation consists of nadaswaram, shehnai, saxophone, urumee and thavil drums, acoustic guitar and keyboards mixed with electronic synths and scratches. The vocals utilize the singing style of Tamil folk culture. Lyrically, the song revolves around the film’s main protagonist being dumped by his girlfriend; the song is sung by the character in a drunken state, with many of the lines nonsensical. Wikipedia

On why the Kolaveri Di is called the ‘soup song’, Anirudh says “Soup is a Tamil word used for guys who go through failure in love. Words like these are used by young guys in real life but in a song, we were introducing them. And these words have worked well for Kolaveri Di” Indicine.com

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Music Week, Day 5 – Mausam (Climate)

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

This is my final installment of Music Week, I hope you have enjoyed it so far.  I actually heard this track first time this week and the first thing that popped into my head was what a great way to start 2012.  Enjoy!

Sung by Reena Bhardwaj.

 Translation by some king person

Ek rang mein jeena, jeevan ko…
(Living your life in one colour)

Aayy jaane tamanna, theek nahin…
(My dear, is not a good thing)

Gham aur Khushi do rastay hai…
(Sadness and Happiness are two paths)

Ek rahe pe chalna, theek nahin…
(To walk on one path, is not a good thing)

Badal jaaye Mausam…
(The Seasons change)

Khushi aaye, Jaaye Gham…
(Happiness comes and sadness leaves)

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Music Week, Day 4 – Ek Jaan (One Soul)

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3

I heard this track at the BBC Electric Proms 2009, sung by Reena Bhardwaj

In every direction, let this be the philosophy. One heart, one colour, one soul. There are no boundaries here. The earth is open, open is the sky.

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Music Week, Day 3 – Hope (feat. Natasha Atlas)

>Day 1< | >Day 2<

I strongly recommend that you use headphones to listen to this track and have it up the loudest; you will feel intoxicated by her voice and the beats of the tabla.

It’s in Arabic but to this day I haven’t found the translation