Thursday, October 23, 2008

Bryan Adams Top 5

(A prologue would be a misfit here!)

Everything I do: My personal favorite :-)

Look into my eyes - you will see
What you mean to me
Search your heart - search your soul
And when you find me there you’ll search no more
Don’t tell me it’s not worth tryin’ for
You can’t tell me it’s not worth dyin’ for
You know it’s true
Everything I do - I do it for you

True love & passion. Perfect combo of lyrics, guitar and vocals . Well, easiest way to your dear one’s heart :-)

Summer of 69: Classic, (half) the world recognizes Bryan Adams by this song. A song filled with energy, passion and the thirst for fun.
Love the way it starts and keeps the tempo going till the end. This is a song that you can listen to all the time.
It has a certain mysterious quality. Can pick up the mood any time of the day :-)

Please forgive me: If this song doesn’t touch heart then what will? A beautiful love song, probably one of the best ever. Eternal vocals, great guitar notes, and lyrics, mushy at places, sentimental at some, a complete love song.

Have you ever really loved a woman: Anyone who wants to learn how to win over a girl’s heart must listen to this song :-)

His voice never sounded better. And the entire lyrics go here

To really love a woman
To understand her - you gotta know her deep inside
Hear every thought - see every dream
N’ give her wings - when she wants to fly
Then when you find yourself lyin’ helpless in her arms
Ya know ya really love a woman
When you love a woman you tell her
that she’s really wanted
When you love a woman you tell her that she’s the one
Cuz she needs somebody to tell her
that it’s gonna last forever
So tell me have you ever really
- really really ever loved a woman?
To really love a woman
Let her hold you -
til ya know how she needs to be touched
You’ve gotta breathe her - really taste her
Til you can feel her in your blood
N’ when you can see your unborn children in her eyes
Ya know ya really love a woman
When you love a woman
you tell her that she’s really wanted
When you love a woman you tell her that she’s the one
Cuz she needs somebody to tell her
that you’ll always be together
So tell me have you ever really -
really really ever loved a woman?
You got to give her some faith - hold her tight
A little tenderness - gotta treat her right
She will be there for you, takin’ good care of you
Ya really gotta love your woman...

Here I am: Just when you thought Bryan Adams magic’s fading, here came this song and I have been listening ever since… even as I write this…

Monday, October 13, 2008

Raghu Dixit: Indo-World_Folk-Rock: Music that's Really Different and Definitely Rocks

One fine morning on the way to office, “Ninna Poojege Bande mahadeshwara...” a fresh, deep, throaty/grungy voice, burst from FM.
Beats were western, but a voice that’s folksy!...
Interesting, but I still tried ignoring it as some crazy chap/one song wonder, as is the norm these days in the world of reality shows/3 minutes fame.

But when I heard it the second time, I just got hooked. There’s something magical about it that it’s so enchanting.

I couldn’t help googling and got introduced to the world of Raghu Dixit

Raghu Dixit at "Namaste India” in Tokyo, thanks to my friend Prithvi for the photo :-)

Raghu Dixit’s music is a seamless amalgamation of Indian beats and sounds from around the world, befittingly labeling his music as Indo World Folk Rock.

A gold medalist in Masters in Microbiology and a proficient Indian classical dancer in Bharatnatyam, Raghu Dixit, is now a self-taught guitarist-singer-composer-songwriter, strumming guitar wearing colorful lungis, anklets and beads!
His successful first band Antaragni(meaning ‘the fire within'), that was the rage at college festivals and music tours, and shows, finally broke up in 2005. In his own words “We were always on the edge of something great. That itself was a great turmoil. Despite all this, we would perform mostly for free or very little money.”
Not the one to make compromises in music, he still kept that ‘fire within’ burning and after 9 long years, the album, finally produced by Bollywood musician duo Vishal-Shekar was out in February 2008.

Words of Vishal and Shekar sum it the best.

“Raghu Dixit makes music that we love to listen to. It's honest, beautiful and moves one in an almost primal way. You can feel each note, each word, and each texture of his soul! The sound, the energy, the fury, the passion, the emotion, the simplicity, everything that music should be about is right here in this album. Raghu has this huge voice and sings unlike anything you've ever heard before. Backed up by a band that obviously feels his music, this album is truly a self-propelled, irresistible creative journey through the uniquely personal vibe of Raghu Dixit.” - Vishal and Shekar

Here’s a review

“I confess I was desperate to get my songs heard. When a musician says ‘I play for my own joy and satisfaction’ I don’t believe it one bit,” he says. After Antaragni disintegrated, he decided he won’t have a fixed band. The Raghu Dixit Project today is a floating group of musicians who play together, with each song left to the musician’s interpretation.

His debut film music, in Kannada, Psycho has created a sensation and the song ‘Ninna Poojege...’ is the current rage.

Namma Kannadadha huduga antha swalpa jaasti khushi :-)

He has a cult following & he's on a world tour as well.
Well I hope, as they say, it’s just the beginning.
The dude makes music that’s really different and definitely rocks.
And the world is waiting...

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Just One Last Thing

You won a series against a strong Pakistan team single handedly at Toronto. Well, against Pakistan, it's always more special.

You taught us how to celebrate, after winning the Natwest series finals. It was more than just winning a cup, it was a statement, after being bullied for years, on the world stage, 'Now, it's our turn'

You had the guts to stand up to the ugly Aussie and beat them in their own game of so called ‘mental disintegration’, in 2003. Like you once famously said “We know, and they know, that we can beat them” and then beat them and how...

You lead from front and set the tone at Brisbane with a back to the wall, blistering 144. India playing in Australia has never been the same again.

You didn’t give up during that worst phase of your life, and made a deserving, fairy tale comeback. Simply heroic

Yes we agree that, on the off side there’s God and then there’s you.
And when you came charging down the track to those spinners, we never had an iota of doubt, going up screaming “SIX”, and you never let us down.

Well, with you more than the stats(&controversies!), it’s always the emotional connect.

You always wore your heart on the sleeve, never backing away from a fight, with the visible passion and the naked aggression that made us stand up from seat and shout, “GO, GIVE IT TO THEM”.

Thanks to all those moments of sheer joy.
When you go out for the last time, head held high, we owe you a standing ovation.
Goodbye dear Sourav Ganguly.
The memories will stay.