Friday, March 20, 2009

Guzarish-Ghajini-A.R Rahman

It's been quite a long time since I posted a song here. It's always the latest songs that attract the young and I should say that singing songs of this generation do challenge you at times. It's not to prove any point but sometimes it's fascinating to try different songs that you are not supposed to sing or your audience and yourself have made you think so. This is one such song that caught my attention recently. Getting good karaoke tracks for latest songs are sometimes very difficult. The ones mostly available with the N-364 kind of keyboard tones are un-inspiring at times. So I had to tinker with the original a little to get the main voice of this song subdued. Then I had to play with the equalizer a little to even out the track. Here is the result.
Sonu Nigaam's humming in this song gives the life to the backing track, so I believe that it cannot be replaced with any other voice. Well Sonu's loss in not being able to sing the full song has been Javed Ali's gain. The song has become a chart buster!
Song: Guzarish
Film: Ghajini
Singer: Javed Ali (Humming parts by Sonu Nigaam)
Music: A.R Rahman
Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Jashn Bahara-Another Jewel in A.R Rahman's Crown!

A.R Rahman always rises like a phoenix time and time again when people start murmuring and say that he has exhausted his stuff. For A.R.R this mere doubt seems to be the fuel to exceed his own standards every now and then when such comments are uttered. I recently heard his songs from "Ada" and to be frank that sounded average and uninspired, going by his standards. The songs seemed to be more like the typical Hindi songs of the yesterday years. But I am always amazed by the amount of variations and colour he gives to his songs in 99% of his songs. The 1% of carelessness could be easily forgotten! He is amazingly gifted, no doubt. But he does lot of research and hard work on listening to world music which makes him up to date with the ever changing demands of time. He also gives ample respect to the genuine music lover. When he teams up with Javed Akhtar and the likes of Ashutosh Gowarikar or Subhash Ghai, he raises his standards by leaps and bounds and brings novelty to what ever he creates with them. The songs from Jodha Akbar are no different. I have attempted an amazing melody from this movie sung beautifully by Javed Ali. Curiously, Javed Ali sounds like Sonu Nigaam in the beginning of this song and then sounds like Naresh Iyer at some parts! The song also shows how A.R.R innovates and uses his library of sound samples and acoustic instruments to perfection. This song is characterised by the absence of any string tones compared to many of his other songs. The flute is also used sparingly! The ethnic instrument tones are in tune with the historic era that this film depicts. This song is ample proof for the fact that there is no substitute for melodious music, beautiful lyrics, acoustic tones and the beauty of the human voice! Only such songs from this era, will stand the test of time.
Song: Jashn Bahara
Film: Jodha Akbar (2008)
Music: A.R Rahman
Original Singer: Javed Ali
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

En Kaadhale-One of A.R Rahman's early gems

It's been some time since I posted a Tamil song here. From the moment I heard this song in 1994 it's been in my heart and wanted to learn and sing it some day. Yesterday I decided to give it a go and here is the result A.R.R has been here since Roja and he continues to amaze us with his virtuosity creating heavenly music with a standard of the highest order that he has set apart for himself. With a huge team of some of the best musicians in India, he always amazes us with his creations. His songs are basically deep rooted in melody and are mixed to perfection by H. Sridhar and team. He is supposed to be the highest paid music director in India! The whole of India swears by his name today. His was the one who brought about the era of samples, plug-ins, and total shift to computerised recording. He also started the unique style of randomly recording voices and instruments and then using those recordings in the creation of songs. He sets the standards in audio recording today in India. Well I could go on and on writing about one of the most talented musicians of India.
In this song S.P.B is in sublime form and his voice is at its very best. The saxophone interludes by Raju make this song so endearing.

Song: En Kaadhale
Film: Duet
Music: A.R Rahman
Original Singer: S.P.B
Lyrics: Vairamuthu
Sax Solos: Raju

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