Archive for the ‘song covers’ Category

Deacon Blues (They’ve got a name for the winners in the world)

June 18, 2022

Deacon Blues has been one of my favourite songs ever pretty much from the time I first discovered the Aja album. It has lately acquired new meaning as I am in a better position to relate to what Messrs Fagen and Becker (RIP) have to say about the song in the classic albums documentary.

As you may or may not know, I came out with a book on Indian film music called Raga 2 Rock. It has received some extremely heartwarming reviews and most of those who didn’t review it have also told me how they enjoyed it. But as an outsider to publishing/media/entertainment without the means to advertise the book, I sought out the help of those on the inside through my contacts. With complimentary copies and no strings attached, mind you.

I am happy to report that I have been rewarded for my efforts with the most scintillating apathy and indifference. Oh well, not that I expected otherwise but it does amuse me that they would gatekeep me away as well. They do take no chances, do they?

And you know what? I don’t care! As the song goes, “They’ve got a name for the winners in the world/I want a name when I lose”. That’s all I ask for. As for the rest, the reviews have given more than enough gratification and I once again thank every one who has never met me in person and still placed faith in the book and then helped me along with a brilliant review.

If by any chance, all this has piqued your interest in the book, here’s a link to the same.

And here are excerpts as well as links to read the fabulous reviews I mentioned above.

Ninaithu Ninaithu Parthen – Tamil tribute to KK

June 11, 2022

Pure Bollywood buffs may not know that KK sang a lot, a lot in South films also and particularly, some of the biggest hits in Tamil of the 2000s. Actually he got his start in Tamil back in 1997 with Rahman’s eclectic Strawberry Kanne (which you may have heard as Strawberry Aankhein from Sapnay). As in Hindi, his range was diverse in Tamil too. But Ninaithu Ninaithu Parthen (of which there is also a beautiful female version sung by none other than Shreya Ghoshal) stuck with me the most. It’s one of the most beautiful and haunting compositions of Yuvan Shankar Raja, the younger son of living legend Ilayaraja. It also has very poignant lyrics by the late Na Muthukumar.

Khuda Jaane – another tribute to KK

June 5, 2022

I posted Pal a few days back soon after the news of KK’s shocking demise broke. I wanted to do something more exuberant, more representative of his work in film music.

From back in the day, I used to like the fact that this song actually has interludes. The interlude was already an endangered species in Hindi music by then and is close to extinction now, but this song not only has nice interludes but there is a nice bit of modulation going on at the end of both.

Hum Rahein Ya Na Rahein – farewell KK

June 1, 2022

SPB, Lata Mangeshkar and now KK.

It appears as if covid times have amplified the feeling of loss in the music industry.

How many more tributes will we have to write, will we have to sing? I for one do hope this is going to be the last one for a long, long time.

As for the song, I am going with the cliched, obvious selection. If for no other reason than that the words by themselves offer such a poignant tribute to an artist and his impact on the audience.

Armor and Sword – a reflection on loss and longing

May 29, 2022

I loved the Snakes and Arrows album to pieces when it came out. And revisiting it now recently has made me reconnect in a big way to these songs and I find new meaning in them. It is just over two months back that my grandmother finally lost her battle to dementia (and yes, it IS finally, it does become like that, unfortunately). So the words “no one gets to their heaven without a fight” have new resonance to me. I do hope grandma has found her future of eternal light which she shall shine upon us from above.

Raga 2 Rock: En Kadhale

May 22, 2022

This song begins with English lyrics delivered in Western style by a voice that sounds like Gary Lawyer and moves into Vairamuthu’s Tamil lines sung by SPB. Throughout, Kadari Gopalnath’s saxophone punctuates and elevates the song into the stratosphere. The scene too has all kinds of emotions compressed into its 5-6 minute length. Those were the days, my friend!

I heard this song for the first time when it was 10 and it has been a regular visitor to my playlist since then, probably always will be. This is my take:

Tribute to Bappi Lahiri pt2 – Manzilein

March 6, 2022

Had Manzilein Apni Jagah on a best of Kishore Kumar cassette and loved it back then too. Here’s a stab at it:

Rait Zara Si

March 5, 2022

In 2020, Rahman blew me away with the Dil Bechara album and with Taare Ginn in particular. I just had to do a cover of it which I have shared here earlier.

And now, once again, I was blown away by the even better (imo) Atrangi Re album. And so, I just had to do Rait Zara Si.

As always, turn up the volume if listening on earphones for best effect. These are very dynamic (NO compression, yeah) recordings which also means they are super quiet until you turn them up.

Mana Ho Tum (tribute to Bappi Lahiri)

February 20, 2022

Prolific Hindi film music composer Bappi Lahiri passed away last week. While much of his work wasn’t my cup of tea, there were definitely songs I liked or even loved, especially from his earlier years before he went disco (though, possibly his most gorgeous composition Kisi Nazar came much later). Mana Ho Tum is one of them. And this is my little attempt at the song:

Ruke Ruke Se Kadam (tribute to Lata Mangeshkar)

February 13, 2022

My little tribute to Lataji. One of my favourite songs of the MM-Lata combination:

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