Shades Of Words


R.I.P Michael

I was not planning to do a tribute post on Michael Jackson. I was also not that moved by his death, shocked yes, but not moved. It was only when I saw the memorial service over television that the impact of the situation hit  me. Being an Indian, your introduction to the world of western music is really determined by what your peers recommend or what you hear at home.  I first heard Michael Jackson when I was 5 years old and my dad brought home an MJ album. I remember I had just started reading and speaking English at school and would come home to put on this cassette and try to catch the words. I think the music was what fascinated me . It was so different from the what my mom used to hear the whole day round (Lata M, Kishore K – all hindi music stars). I don’t think my dad was a fan of Michael Jackson – I guess he bought his music because that’s what was topping the charts. By the time Dangerous was released, I was the one wanting to buy the album. I had become a bonafide MJ fan. I remembered the millions of time I replayed – Jam, Black or White, I’ll be there, Do you remember the time?, Heal the world…

It was through MJ’s music that I was introduced to the world of western music – from where I went on to hear other artists like Madonna, Bryan Adams, Shania Twain, the boy bands like Michael Learns to Rock , Backstreet Boys, Eagles, U2, Bob Dylan and so on.

One of the most vivid memories that I associate with MJ’s music is one of our high school annuals. The theme was ‘Heal the world’ . At the end of the last item , a group us dressed in white ,holding candles got on the stage. Students filed in the auditorium balconies, holding lit candles and on cue – we all sang Heal the World from our hearts. In the candle-lit auditorium, only the song could be heard – as if MJ’s message had travelled across the world just for us to pass on.

Rest in peace, MJ.



Life in a Metro

metro-2007-1b-full;init_Life in a Metro’s music is one of the better ones from the recent (not so recent though) releases in Bollywood. The music stays with you and is pleasant to hear every time you come back to it. All the songs are about relationships and beautifully worded and aptly composed.

The songs talk about both the highs and lows in relationships. In Dino is one the best tracks and makes you want to listen to it again and again. It’s a song about wanting the best in love. Another very impressive song is Alvida sung by KK. The song is about breakups and the KK has wonderfully captured the pain in the way he sings it. Rishtey is another highlight of this album

Other songs on this album are Kar Salaam; a fast paced song with a feel of rock music, Baatein Kuch Ankahee Si by Adnan Sami; a romantic number and O Meri Jaan by KK. The rest of the album has remixes of the same songs which are not very great and can be given a pass.

My favorites from this album are In Dino and Alvida. These are must hear and should be not be missed even if you decided to give a skip to the movie

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Let it be – The Beatles, 1970

untitled-full;init_Let it Be was the 12th album by Beatles and was released in May 1970. It was made in the last few months of Beatles as a group; a time when the differences were out in open and each Beatle was treading his own path.Songs were being written individually and they would come together only for the recordings. This was a time when their work clearly shows the theme of individualism.

Although the Album was ranked 86th in the Rolling Stones list of 500 greatest albums of all time but it has some very good compilations. From the melodious and philosophical Long and Winding Road, Across the Universe to somewhat hard rock in I’ve Got a Feeling, Dig a Pony, One after 909 to the legendary Let it be by Paul McCartney create a perfect combination.

Some other highlights in this album are Get Back, Two of Us and I Me Mine.

Two of Us was written by Paul as a tribute to his wife Linda but at the time of its release it was considered as a tribute to the friendship of John and Paul.

Lennon wrote Across the Universe after meeting Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and considered the song as one of his best. The Beatles gave this song to WWF as a charity album and it was only later that Phil Spector included it in the album. John’s poetic genius is evident in the simplicity of the words of this song – ‘Words are flying out like endless rain into a paper cup, They slither while, they pass, they slip away across the universe.

Let it be is McCartney’s song and is supposed to be about his mother Mary McCartney. It’s a song about hope in times of despair –When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. And in my hour of darkness, She is standing right in front of me, Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.’

Track Listings

1. Two of us – Lead vocals by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

2. Dig a pony – Lead vocals by John Lennon

3. Across the universe – Lead vocals by John Lennon

4. I me mine – Lead vocals by George Harrison

5. Dig it – Lead vocals by John Lennon

6. Let it be – Lead vocals by Paul McCartney

7. Maggie mae – Lead vocals by John Lennon

8. I’ve got a feeling – Lead vocals by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

9. One after 909 – Lead vocals by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

10. The long and winding road – Lead vocals by Paul McCartney

11. For you blue – Lead vocals by George Harrison

12. Get back – Lead vocals by Paul McCartney

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Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na -Aamir Khan’s production

Jaanetuyajaanena-full;init_I need to set some context before I talk about the music of this movie. I am a non-experimental consumer who sticks to the tried and tested things in life. It’s an effort for me to try something new and like it. But Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na took just 2-3 minutes to make me want more of its music. I was innocently rummaging through the Moser Baer titles at a Music World shop when Rashid Ali’s Kabhi Kabhi Aditi subtly but steadily attracted my attention. The minute it ended I wanted it replayed. Next day – I have the songs of Jaane… on my Ipod (through original Audio CD – Do buy it!!)

Talking of the music, it’s yet another piece of refreshing music by Rehman. The best song on the album is Kabhi Kabhi Aditi sung by Rashid Ali. It catches you the minute it starts. Use of (mostly) guitar and the singing style of Rashid Ali make this an excellent track. You just want to listen to it again and again. Pappu Can’t Dance follows and is a good hip number. If you ignore the lyrics, the song is good for its music and its ability to sit in your mind. It’s a light dance song. Apart from these, I like both versions of Jaane Tu Mera Kya Hai. The male version is by Sukhwinder Singh and I prefer it over the female version by Runa Rizvi.

Other songs are average and include a song by Rehman himself. Tu Bole, Main Boloon, Rehman song, is a Jazz number but nothing too great to write about. There was one disappointment by Rehman and maybe not all of you would agree. But I definitely got a feel of the English song ‘Nothing’s gonna change my love for you’ in the starting music of the song Kahin To Hogi Ho. Rehman never usually gets ‘inspired’ but this song seems like an inspiration

My Verdict: Go buy the album and listen to it. The movie might not be too great but music is.