Archive for the ‘song covers’ Category

Tribute to SPB – Unna Ninachen

September 26, 2021

Meant to post this yesterday. Well, I did…on my FB. But forgot to do so on my blog. So here it is:

Cover of Raja Raja Cholan

September 11, 2021

Song: Raja Raja Cholan

Movie: Rettai Vaal Kuruvi

Singer: K J Yesudas

Composer: Ilayaraja

For Ilayaraja fans, this song needs no introduction. For anybody else, I strongly recommend you listen to the original for the karaoke track, decent though it may be, does no justice to the music on the original.

That said, this here is my cover:

And this is the original:

Song cover: Rang Aur Noor (tribute to Rafi)

July 31, 2021

It is Rafi’s death anniversary today. On this occasion, I am sharing my attempt at one of his ‘lesser known’ epics. Rang Aur Noor from the film Ghazal, music by Madan Mohan.

Song cover: Chingari Koi Bhadke

July 18, 2021

Song: Chingari Koi Bhadke

Movie: Amar Prem

Music: R D Burman

Singer: Kishore Kumar

I learnt in the middle of the day that it is Rajesh Khanna’s death anniversary today. I thought of doing a song picturized on him as a tribute. I asked my wife and she said her favourite Rajesh Khanna song is Chingari. So here it is. I don’t remember having ever attempted the song before. So…it’s far from perfect. But I gave it my best shot for what it’s worth.

Song cover: Rhim Jhim Gire Sawan

July 18, 2021

Song: Rhim Jhim Gire Sawan

Movie: Manzil

Music: RD Burman

Singer: Kishore Kumar

As a Mumbaiite, I have always hesitated to cover this song, as much as I love it. Especially in July-August, the city gets positively rained over.

But as of right now, gentle sunshine is breaking through the clouds. So here goes:

Song cover – Toote Hue Khwabon Ne (Dilip Kumar tribute)

July 11, 2021

Dilip Kumar, a colossus of Hindi cinema, passed away earlier this week. The music of his films was most often scored by Naushad, but also on occasion Salil Chowdhury and Shankar Jaikishan.

I chose to do the Salil composition Toote Hue Khwabon Ne from the film Madhumati, a brilliant, melancholic Rafi solo.

Radiohead – Present Tense (cover)

June 11, 2021

Song: Present Tense

Album: A Moon Shaped Pool

Band: Radiohead

There aren’t too many bands about whom you can say that their most recent album had some of their best songs. But Radiohead is one such. To be fair, it’s a bit of cheating to say that about A Moon Shaped Pool since it’s majorly made up of songs that they had been playing live for years but never released on an album.

However it may be, Present Tense holds up well with the best of Radiohead. Radiohead truly have mastered timelessness and this song is Exhibit A. You could imagine Present Tense sitting along side Let Down from OK Computer and yet, it doesn’t sound merely like an imitation of the OK Computer. It’s more like they somehow managed to go back to the train of thought, the creative energies that were flowing back in 1997 and tap into them all over again.

That said, this song isn’t necessarily a singer’s song in the most generic sense of the word. It’s not challenging range wise nor requires much power, doesn’t have any melismas, so on and so forth.

However, singing a song like this presents its own challenge. It required me to adapt to the quietness of the song (I have a big voice if you’ve heard some of my other English song covers) and capture the deeply poignant emotions in it. It is rendered in a manner such that there is immense turmoil and anguish (evident from the lyrics) but it’s kind of simmering without exploding at any point. That’s hard in its own way too.

Cover of Anjali Anjali Pushpanjali

June 10, 2021

Song: Anjali Anjali Pushpanjali

Film: Duet

Composer: A R Rahman

Singer(s): S P Balasubramaniam/K S Chitra

I said last week I would want to do a SPB-Rahman song and here it is. One of the most famous ones of their collaboration.

I did only up to the first charanam as it’s a duet.

EDIT: It’s finally up!

Cover of the Stevie Wonder song Lately

June 6, 2021

Song: Lately

Album: Hotter than July

Artist: Stevie Wonder

I love Stevie Wonder and he is certainly a huge influence on my singing, for whatever that’s worth (personally, I think it’s not even worth the internet bandwidth taken up by these words but anyway…). Hence, I try NOT to cover too many of his songs.

But this is a rather different one from the great man. This song has his most minimalist accompaniment (just a quiet piano) and there’s no out-there chord progressions. But it is extremely heartfelt and poignant. I have tried the best I can to capture that quality in my rendition too:

My vocal tribute to SPB: Ellorum Sollum Paatu

June 6, 2021

It was SPB’s ‘birthday’ on June 4. The first birthday, that is, which he couldn’t celebrate here on Earth.

It’s unbelievable how time flies. I still haven’t quite processed the fact that, no, SPB is not going to come back and regale us in a concert. That the music has stopped.

I couldn’t not attempt a SPB song. I did Ellorum Sollum Paatu as I know the song well. I intend to do a Rahman song sometime next week.

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