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Many are the songs we love, but very few capture your mind’s imagination. And out of those gems are the rarest few that evoke emotions or feelings that one would have experienced at their lowest ebb, or their loftiest high. Or those that resonate of  incidents or entities that are special, private and buried in the deep ocean of ones heart.

I must admit most of Adele’s greatest hits such as ‘Rolling in the deep’, ‘Someone like you’ and ‘Set fire to the rain’ hit those notes for me. It’s not just Adele’s fine whisky-like quality of her voice but it’s also her music composition and lyrics which add magnitude to the song.

But this particular artist who by the way I had never heard of before strummed my heart-strings with her mellifluous lilt. Its been ages since I heard a song with such depth rich in vocals and tune.

I kept hearing this song on the radio on a few occasions at work which by the way I should say is awesome and makes my work light and less stressful. This song always left me wondering who sang this, who had such a quality in her voice that can put one in a trance and made me want to listen harder and closer to the angelic and mesmerizing voice. But as usual I never got around to checking until now.

Then came an opportunity thanks to my impulse loving husband who decided to take me out to Breaking Dawn movie which I had been wanting to see ever since its release. Don’t judge me people, but yeah I bite…I am a Twilight fan and I make no apologies for it. And Voila….!, wonder of wonders I find that this song was a Twilight Soundtrack from the aforesaid movie. I was yet to find out who it was for the last time or so I hoped.

Today I heard it, and here I was again thinking yet another time, telling myself I have gotta know who this is…! But this time I knew what to Google for. If you were expecting a hit like ‘Gangnam style’, you may as well stop reading and look elsewhere.

The artist I am referring to is Christina Perri and the song title is ‘A Thousand Years’. Here is the link –

I don’t know why it is I keep making this song to be about a parent child relationship, but I invariably kept thinking in the back of my mind that this was a song I will be singing for my child. Such is the power of music I guess. Crosses boundaries and creates a bond with the artist and listeners caught up in the vortex of unspoken communication of emotions, of stories.

And I know I will keep listening to this song ……… A thousand times!!!

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The Predicted Face-Off

After weeks and weeks of anticipation I missed the final of American Idol. Couldn’t watch the last 2 shows with the best of the two battling for the coveted position. But glad it was worth missing when I caught up with the highlights.I don’t think I would have had the patience to sit through all those performances. Wonder how the hell Simon managed to keep up the pretence of putting up with that painstakingly long show. I guess he was just happy to turn his back on Idol. But I sure would miss his brute honesty.

Just as I predicted, Crystal and Lee were the finalists. I so wanted to know the results, I checked on blogs and polls constantly,during the weeks leading up to the finale to keep a pulse on how the scales were tipping. And boy were they even. It was anyone’s game at that point.

But in the end come to think of it, it was no surprise that Lee took the title given that he was a package deal for record companies wanting to sign freshers. And on top of it, a bonus for them what with Lee’s songwriting skills. Good for him.

Crystal although she hit the right notes and had an equally good talent, I can’t remember a single song that stood out of all her performances. For Lee, I could easily pick 2 of his songs off the top of my head. I loved Lee’s performance of Boxer and Hallelujah. To me Simon just won Idol for Lee by picking Hallelujah. I don’t think I can hear an improvised version of Hallelujah again after this. Here’s the link for the song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?hl=en&v=Te42ioevqnI&gl=US

Congrats to Lee on winning the American Idol. And wishing both Crystal and Lee have the best take off  of their careers. Hallelujah!!!

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Ram and I are so hooked onto American Idol these days that we wager and compete to predict who’s getting eliminated. And celebrate when the one we did not like goes out.

But I have reached a stage where both my favourites are in their top form, have reached their peak and both are so unique and awesome in their own way.

I am rooting for Mama Sox and Lee DeWyze to go to the final.

Crystal Bowersox

And I want both of them to win. On one hand Crystal has got solid vocals and takes most songs by the horns and sings it with panache. She has personality, her own identity, gives heartfelt performances and great with the guitar. She has a very rustic appeal. But her biggest challenge and that which might not work in her favour of a career in music would be juggling her career and family life.

Lee DeWyze

On the other hand we have everything that a young artist should have and what I would call a package deal for record companies. Great voice, great looks, growing confidence, ability to charm audience with his shy guy looks. Lee has got it all. I fell for Lee’s voice after his rendition of ‘The Boxer’. Have never heard that song before in my life but there was something about his voice that made this song even more beautiful that made instant connection. Its been one of my most favourite performances on Idol till date. Here is the link for it incase you missed it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exbIO39VlZ8

Sad that Tim Urban was eliminated. He had talent too. I loved his “Can’t Help Falling in Love with you” performance which was in a totally different league. It is difficult to imagine how else the already perfect song orginially sung by Elvis Presley be changed . Another one of those stellar performances that stood out and that which won’t be forgotten in a hurry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eLAimcHm4U. But I guess his smile and talent will take him places. Am sure there are lots of avenues opening up for him soon.

I wonder which one of my favourites is going to survive the tide for there can be only one winner in this competition…..

Keeping my fingers crossed….May the best performer win!

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Have you ever heard a song that is close to your heart, means something to you, reminds you of special memories, or  you can associate yourself with, or a song that is a reflection of the state of your mind?

Back in my teens I thought that my Heart Song was “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion like every love-struck teenager smitten by the poignant poetry of love shown in Titanic.

But after some serious soul – searching, I have chosen a song that tells me my present state of mind and how I am currently viewing my life. I can relate to it so well, it feels like the lyricist pulled those thread of words right from my mind and wove it into this beautiful song. The message is Simple yet real! It clearly delivers the message that, back when you were a child and were young, life was bliss with no worries lines marking your forehead or deep drooping brackets on the sides of your mouth. You wanted something, you went after it until you got it.

And when you grow up, it is so different. We let other people tell us what to do, we are answerable to other people, we let other people influence our decisions and life, we let other people walk all over us. But I am not one to shirk responsibility on matters that are important and I do draw my line when people  are about to step on my toes.

I just feel I was more resilient back when I was young. I used to take the world by its horns and drive it to where I wanted. Yet now, I can’t help but feel powerless and its a struggle trying to recapture the magic of my childhood.

Gosh! I almost sound like I am about to write a book of sentiments and a sequel to Peter Pan about never wanting to grow up.

If you haven’t already found your song, here’s wishing you specially to find that unique heartsong. And I know you’ll wonder…….!!!

Here’s the link to “My Heart song” , Chris Isaak’s – Now I Wonder.

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/2895516/i_wonder/

Lyrics – Now I Wonder

When I was younger I believed, that dreams came true.
Now I wonder.
Cause’ I’ ve seen much more dark skies, than blue.
Now I wonder.
I keep on praying for a blue sky, I keep on searching through the rain.
I keep on thinking of the good times, will they ever come again?
Now I wonder.
Now I wonder.
When I was younger I believed, that I could win.
Now I wonder.
There was a time when you and I, walked hand in hand
Now I wonder.
I keep on searching for the old me, I keep on thinking I can change.
I keep on hoping for a new day, will I ever feel the same
Now I wonder.
Oh I wonder.
Now I wonder.

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