Archive for the ‘song covers’ Category

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:

Cover of Kodai Kaala Kaatre

January 10, 2022

Did this one because it’s winter. Song needs no introduction for any Ilayaraja fan, one out of a bunch of gems from the Panneer Pushpangal album.

Cover of Kiska Rasta Dekhe

January 6, 2022

It was RD Burman’s death anniversary yesterday. Had done this cover of Kiska Rasta Dekhe and kept it in the ‘bank’ for a while. Thought this would be a suitable occasion to post it as it is one of my favourite melancholy numbers of RD.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awwaGCYO3BA

Cover of George Michael’s Careless Whisper

January 1, 2022

I didn’t plan to but ended up recording this cover on New Year’s Day! Before I write more, do remember to crank up the volume to get the best audio reception.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2mV2kFxYSg

I am not really an 80s pop guy and George Michael’s music wasn’t my cuppa for the most part. I did and do however admire his phenomenal singing abilities and his prodigal talent as a composer and producer. He wrote this, his most popular song, when he was just 17! And when I say he wrote, he already had the saxophone part in mind! Some people are put on this earth for the sole purpose of entertaining us with their music and he was surely one of them.

I have casually heard this song more often than I care to remember. But it wasn’t really one that was in my bloodstream. So I started to listen it over and over and over. Attempted one take last weekend which I wasn’t pleased with. This one…well, it’s about as good as it’s going to get. Whether it’s any good, you be the judge.

This song is deceptively difficult. It’s not overly demanding in terms of range or virtuosity but to get it all out with the kind of control he has – that sure is tough. And you have to still exude melancholy and pain though the arrangement is groovy and, obviously, dance-oriented.

An era of music in which you could find so much skill even in a song patently made to bag a top 10 hit.

Cover of Yesterday (Beatles)

December 4, 2021

Life since March 2020 has been like living in Groundhog Day. There is a covid wave, govts lock down in panic. Then the wave recedes and things gradually open up which we welcome with palpable relief. Only for another to come by again. And the cycle repeats.

It’s hard not to reflect on what life was like on the other side of the pandemic, when we lived the normal we long for today.

And so…here’s an attempt at Yesterday, one of the most poignant of all Beatles songs (now isn’t that a high bar!).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xlu1hOoAOc

Duet covers pt1 – Ghum Hai Kisike Pyaar Mein

November 5, 2021

No! I am not REALLY singing with ANOTHER singer, as much as I’d love to be able to do that sort of video.

Instead, I found a track which already had the female vocals rendered on it. And so here goes:

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.


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