#94

Hi!

I’ve spent a good, relaxing Sunday at home doing close to nothing. It’s been so long since I had a Sunday like this, that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the day I spent (and I did put off writing this post till as late into the day as possible).

Anyway, here’s a look at the playlist I’ve got for you-

I’d like to start things off with Alice Coltrane’s Turiya and Ramakrishna.

Alice ColtraneRemember the Ryu Fukui track I shared with you last time? Yeah, that’s how I found Alice Coltrane (Thank You YouTube. Our lives would all be so meaningless without your recommended tracks.)

So I checked her music out and loved it! I hope you do too.

Fun fact: Alice Coltrane turned to Hinduism and became a Swamini after her husband John Coltrane’s death. The title for this track should probable give you a clue where it comes from now.


I now have Dido for you with her popular hit Thank You.dido.jpg

Decided to throw this one in here to add some balance to this playlist.

We’ve always enjoyed Dido’s music in our household. I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of her voice (not saying I don’t like it either), it just doesn’t really get anywhere for me. But let’s just put that tiny aspect aside and enjoy her music alright? After all, Dido makes good music.


The DeftonesI’m not sure a lot of you are going to enjoy The Deftones, but I’d like to share with you their song Hole In The Earth.

I began listening to The Deftones some time when I was fourteen or so, and I’ve had them on my playlist since. They serve as an excellent choice when I’m feeling claustrophobic and cluttered in my own head. Sort of help to drown out the noise in my head and calm me down.

Strange way it works, I know; but it works.

P.s. Ignore their music video, okay? It’s kinda lame.


I now have the Lafayette Afro Rock Band with Hihache.Lafayette Afro Rock Band

I’ve been grooving to this track since about two odd weeks now. Apparently the Lafayette Afro Rock Band, although not as popular, is known for their funk grooves such as Hihache.

From what I’m reading, they found that the “funk scene” in the United Stated was too saturated in the early 70s and hence relocated themselves, as a band, to France.


The PianistI watched The Pianist this afternoon, and maybe because I’m a pianist, the film struck a whole different set of emotions with me. I really can’t stop thinking about that film and all the good music it featured.

I decided to share with you Frédéric Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 in G F F Chopinminor, Op. 23, which is the soundtrack featured in the most iconic, heart-wrenching part of the film The Pianist.

Specifically, remember that scene with Szpilman playing the piano when the German Captain Hosenfeld orders him to? That part really captivated me, and I sat in stunned silence listening to a very emotionally portrayed piece of art, in

Krystian Zimerman

the form of music and film.

Now go on, and listen to reknowned pianist Krystian Zimerman play Chopin’s Ballade in G minor for you.


That’s it from me for now. I’ll put together another five for you shortly.

Until then.

Happy Listening!

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#93

Can’t believe I’m writing this one on a Good Friday after all that putting-it-off that I did for the past seven days. But I’m off work today, with time on my hands. So Good Friday or not, it’s a good day to be sharing this. I hope the music fits the solemnity of the day.

Oh, also, hi there!

I have Death Cab for Cutie for you first, with a song called Soul Meets Body.

Death Cab for Cutie

I SWEAR I didn’t intend to share this one specifically for today. Now that I think about it, I should’ve probably taken it off and shared it another week. But listening to this song as I write this, I can’t tell you how much I like the sounds.

Death Cab for Cutie is one of those bands my household discovered back in the WorldSpace Satellite Radio days. We loved it! Still do.

I would love to cover this some day soon.


I’ve been listening to so much Porcupine Tree off late, wanting to share something of theirs for a while now. Settled on one song I’m fixated on- Anesthetize.

Porcupine Tree

This is one of those tracks I like listening to with my eyes closed, drowning in the depth of all that the song holds. I don’t care that it’s roughly eighteen minutes long, it still ends too soon.

Also, is it just me, or does Anesthetize sound like a sound track to someone who’s fixing to do something really violent and revengeful? Just saying. I can always picture a scene from a dark alley. There’s an entire story that plays out for me when I listen to this.


So I’m gonna put this out here, loud and clear- Alanis Morissette is AWESOME!

Alanis Morissette

I grew up to her voice, her guitar, her harmonica, her unique diction and yodel-style of singing, and her unique music videos.

And minus the music video part (which I couldn’t find, sorry), the song All I Really Want has all of the above. And Lord, do I love listening to it!

It sounds even better with head-phones on, btw. Those moments she pauses, draws long breaths and lets her voice trail off not-so-subtly, are all such magic and do a number on the track.

Okay, I may have a crush on Alanis.


Oooooh, okay. Now this next song excites me so much! I discovered it yesterday morning, in my own playlist which I’ve had for over a year now (don’t ask, I don’t know how I missed it before either).

Ramasutra

It’s by Ramasutra, and is called Magma Mama.

So long story short- For a good one and a half minute of the song, I just thought “this is nice.” And then without warning, the beat started. And that’s when it happened- I fell for the track. Hard.

There’s something about that beat. It’s almost carnal and I can’t explain, but it makes me smile and sway, losing myself for the remaining five odd minutes of Magma Mama.

I’ll leave you to it and hope the same happens to you.


I’d like to close this really awesome playlist with what could count as a finale- Ryo Fukui with Mellow Dream.

Ryu Fukui

Someday, I would like to be as intimately involved with my piano, as Ryo is with his.

Someday, I would like to be able to manipulate those ivory keys the way Ryo does.

Someday, I would like to have a Ryo Fukui-like mastery over the genre of piano jazz.

Talking about jazz pianists alone for now, I’ve heard a lot of piano greats. And sure there might be arguments that perhaps Ryo isn’t the greatest at it; but to me, there’s something admirable about when an Asian man teaches himself piano at 22, and then goes on to master a genre of music that so far, very few non African-American folk have been able to get a hold of.

And did I mention how hard a genre Jazz is?


That’s me for now y’all. Enjoy the music I’ve shared with you so far, I’ll be back with the next five before you start to miss me.

Happy Listening!

#92

Why hello there!

I’ve got a great up-beat playlist set for you this week, so let’s get right to it!

I’ve got James Gang for you first, with their hit from the early 70s, Funk #49.James Gang

Know what’s very interesting about this band? And I just found this out-

James Gang could credit a lot of its popularity and success to Joe Walsh, who joined and worked with the band for a period of about 4 years. That same Joe Walsh then went on to have a very successful career as a solo artist and as guitarist with The Eagles.


Michael JacksonDecided to give you Michael Jackson’s Butterflies now. I’ve shared Michael Jackson on here plenty of times and so I’m not going to say too much to drone on about how much I regard the man as a musician. Evergreen music, his.

It might be safe to say Michael Jackson sometimes gives me Butterflies with his music.


More classic rock coming your way. This one is Brit band Bad Company with that hugely popular hit Rock Steady.Bad Company

Funnily enough, the same could be said for the guys over at Bad Company. They’ve been going “rock steady” since the early 70s now.

Here’s an interesting fact about the band for you-

Bad Company and Led Zeppelin have more than place of origin in common- they both had (have?) Peter Grant as band manager.


BjorkThis next one is my favourite track on this playlist (to be honest, it’s been a favourite on my personal, extensive playlist for a long time too).

It’s Björk with Human Behaviour.

Here’s a list of things I LOVE about Björk-

  1. Her voice. OH MY GOD that voice!
  2. She’s strange, quirky, eccentric, and doesn’t care, and it shows in her music, which is simply awesome.
  3. She’s creative. Very. Doesn’t that song video say plenty?
  4. Her voice. OH MY GOD that voice!!

I’m closing this playlist off with Frédéric Chopin’s Nocturne No.20 in C# Minor.Chopin

There’s something about the simplicity of this track that mesmerizes me. Those left hand broken chords dot their way all through the different colours this piece exhibits. There’s also something to be said about how fluid Chopin’s transcend between major and minor scale is all through the piece.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this very vibrant and positive-sounding playlist I’ve given you. I’ll be talking to you shortly.

Until then.

Happy Listening!

#91

Guess who’s back!

I’ve spent a good part of my day pouring over my past shares, sorting through the five hundred odd songs shared so far, and it brought back good memories of when I used to write here.

Well, now I’m back, and without further adieu, let’s get this playlist started!

Autograph

Kicking things off is the American glam metal band Autograph with that 80s hit that they’re most famous for- Turn Up The Radio. What better song to give you after that super long hiatus right?

I love the raw energy that this song exudes; it most definitely reminds me of KISS.


The next track I’d like to give you is James Blunt’s Postcards.

James Blunt

I remember when James Blunt got extremely popular with his hit “You’re Beautiful”. I was in school then. Its popularity wore the song out instantly, and for a while, I just didn’t give James Blunt a chance. I’m glad I’ve rediscovered this man’s work now; there’s just so much music he’s created that’s worth listening to!


KILL DEVIL HILL, LIVE, 2016, PHOTOCREDIT:  IGOR VIDYASHEV/ATLASICONS

I’m throwing in some hard rock now American hard rock band from the 80s- Kix. The song is Don’t Close Your Eyes.

I found this track on a Greatest Hard Rock Tracks from the 80s collection and have loved it. I think I love it some more now because I just found out it’s supposedly an anti-suicide song.


Remember Macy Gray?

Macy Gray

Well, I do. She’s another artist who got popular while I was still in school. There was something about her voice and the song I Try that made me never tire of listening to it. Watching the video again now, it brings back such fond memories of simpler times, a simpler age, and MTV.


Anoushka Shankar & Karsh Kale

And to close this playlist, I’m giving you Anoushka Shankar and Karsh Kale with Burn. I’ve had this one on my mind for quite some time and I’ve been meaning to share it since then.

Welcome to the world of Indian Fusion.

I like the way this track makes me feel. There’s an overload of a mix of emotions I cannot comprehend, but it gives me goosebumps. And I like that.


Go ahead and enjoy playlist #90, world. I’ll put together the next five for you shortly.

Until then.

Happy Listening!

Did You Miss Me?

Confessional…

Forgive me world for I have delayed. My last blog post was… 14 months ago.

My sins during this period include, failure to dutifully share with the world music I discovered, failure in keeping my regular readers engaged, and a lethargy and aversion to writing this blog even though I knew I should.

As a penance, I’m going to have to live with the knowledge that I didn’t try enough.

 

Amen.

 

Let me tell you all a story.

There’s a girl I know. I’ve known her a very long time.

Some might say there’s a dreamy way about her. She’s always been found dreaming of a better way things could be.

Some might even suggest that she lives in Utopia.

 

I, for one, fear this might be true.

The more I’ve gotten to know her, the truer this seems. And I’m not sure how to break it to her. That her world isn’t real.

 

But off-late, something very unusual has happened.

 

For so long I’ve watched this girl live in her bubble… Her Utopia.

For so long I’ve wondered how to bring her to terms with reality, without subjecting her to the shock of harsh change.

I worried for her. The longer she stayed in Utopia, the lesser her chances of coming to terms with the real world, the harder accepting change would get.

 

But, I suppose we can all be wrong sometimes…

 

 

What happened to our girl from Utopia?

 

I’ve watched her struggle to cope with what was my… our… realty, and I knew my worst fears for her were coming true.

But then, she got out. She did what I didn’t think could be done, and brought her utopian bubble down to realty.

 

She’s happy there. Living in her world in our world. I see her now, doing only what she loves… Only what she’s passionate about, indifferent but not entirely ignorant of the shabby, disturbing world she’s surrounded by, and I don’t think she’s ever been better.

Truth be told- I think she’s doing better than many others I know, who have always known what was and what was not realty.

 

As for me? I don’t know what’s real anymore.

This girl from Utopia has shown me something…

…That your reality is always going to be what you want it to be. Period.

 

Hey there world!

So I was travelling in my new city in a cab the other day, thinking about how I’ve been failing this blog, and as I considered how I could continue writing this, I began taking down notes in my head. Something told me a relatable story would be a great way to reboot the blog.

I’ll talk to y’all real soon (with a great playlist, just like old times).

Until then.

#90

Hey!

As per what I had planned sometime during the start of the month, there should have been at least three shares before Christmas, but I was only able to manage one. The one I’m sharing today, was put together sometime last week but I didn’t find time to share it. I’ve decided to stick to the same playlist- Christmas carols included.

Season’s Greetings folks!

Here’s a really fun song to kick things off. It’s Beirut with the song Scenic World. I beirutremember hearing this one not so long back, and loving how positive it made me feel. That accordion riff is so catchy and mood-enhancing. Makes you envision dancing around in a street while talented street-musicians treated you to a song quite similar to this.

Beirut is an American band which was originally the solo musical project of Santa Fe native Zach Condon, and later expanded into a band. Beirut’s music combines elements of indie-rock and world music.

-Wikipedia


Next up is Stevie Ray Vaughan with Pride and Joy.

srvI’ve known this song for really long, unsure why I didn’t share it before. Most of what I share depends on how I feel and how the song makes me feel. There are times I feel suddenly inspired to add a song to a playlist; a song I would have listened to over a thousand times before, but wouldn’t have been inspired the same way.

Ahh… I love how magical music can be.

Pride and Joy is a great piece of work if you’re looking into technical guitar finesse. The riff is so catchy, and those fillers add so much more appeal to the entire song. There’s a lot of George Thorogood in that style of playing.


Portishead is something else.portishead

Strange sort of way to start off I know, but I was just expressing exactly what I felt as I listened to The Rip– the song I’m sharing with you.

I’ve been exploring Portishead’s work with a little more interest and attention to detail, and my findings astound me. I am not only enjoying their work more, but am really getting drawn to the beautiful portrayal of darkness in all their music.


the-cardigansAnd now I have The Cardigans for you with Lovefool.

This one is really popular so I’m willing to bet you’ve heard it before. Heard it again recently and thought, “why not put this on a playlist. It’s a fun song, and should help bring back good memories of the 90s.”


This next song that I’m sharing with you holds a very special place in my heart, so treat it machine-headwell.

It’s Machine Head with Descend The Shades of Night.

If my memory serves me right, my first encounter with this brilliant piece of work was about 12 years ago. I remember listening to it extensively and intimately over earphones, and I can still remember the goosebumps it gave me then.

None of that has changed till date.

I have of course explored Machine Head more, but this one is the best in my opinion. I would like to go ahead and give you my detailed opinion on the track, but I might ruin it for you.

So instead, I’ll suggest you listen to the track the way I did. And give it a good chance. Even if it isn’t your genre, it should impress you.


cloutI now have South African band Clout with their song Save Me.

My brother introduced me to this song rather recently, and I was drawn to it instantly. Not only is the song catchy, it’s got a lot of ABBA element to it, and I really enjoy the diction on these women singing! 😀

Okay. I’m listening to it right now as I type this bit, and I have decided, I really like this song. Repetitive as it may be, it isn’t tiring itself out on me.


Sufjan Steven’s Joy To The World is the sufjan-stevenscarol I just didn’t have to heart to take off the list, despite the appropriateness of it being lost a little. The version is by far one of the most beautiful renditions I have ever heard (maybe this has something to do with how I think all Sufjan Steven’s music is the most beautiful sounding).

My brother and I attempted to put together our cover of this over guitar, piano, and voice (with just about 10 minutes of practice), and while it comes nowhere close to the original’s perfection, it was still good to try and we enjoyed it.


george-michaelI decided to add in George Michael’s Faith to this playlist because 2016 managed to take another good, talented man, whose musical contributions have quite literally defined several genres, over at least three decades of music.

I chose Faith because this is one my friends and I love singing along to (even though we suck at it), and because of how fitting it seemed given its amazing lyrical quality, and general feel-good nature. And of course there’s George Michael’s amazing vocal abilities which I have always regarded as one of the finest.

I woke up to news of George Michael’s passing and it made me sad. These are artists I would have loved to watch performing live.


And that brings me to the end of playlist #90, also the last playlist for the year 2016. I’m glad to have ended the year with George Michael’s Faith. 🙂

Have a good end of the year everyone!

Happy Listening!

#89

Hey there!.

Logged in to WordPress to put this piece together for you and my site tells me it’s been a month since my last post. Pity I wasn’t able to share this one sooner. While this post will remain shorter and crisper than usual, I’m promising you a good one. Go ahead and check it out- I’m sure you’ll like it.

This first song brings back such good memories for me. I’ve known it for longer than I can climax-blues-bandrecall, and I love every bit of it still!

It’s Couldn’t Get It Right by the Climax Blues Band.

For a typically classic rock band from the peak of the classic rock era, this song sounds way too contemporary. Not that I’m complaining though. I can’t in fact point out singular aspects that I love about it. I can however talk about the one thing that I don’t like- how short the song is.


the-bugglesLooks like the general direction this playlist is taking is one of an upbeat, jovial, and peppy mood. This second song I have for you is called Video Killed The Radio Star, and is by the British band The Buggles.

The song was originally recorded by Bruce Woolley and The Camera Club for their album ‘English Garden’. Haven’t had the opportunity to check that version out yet. The Buggles’ version is the only one I know, and I haven’t yet had too much of it.


Here’s another classic- this one from the early 1960s. It’s The Kingsmen with Louie Louie.The Kingsmen.jpg

I’ll be honest and tell you I don’t quite know how to describe this song or why I like it. Must be the bluesy-ness of it (Yes, let’s make that a word for now), or how unique it sounds. I have heard enough music over the course of my life time (which isn’t a lot of time, but is still a lot of music), but I have never heard anything that sounds quite like Louie Louie. Sometimes I have this song stuck in my head all day.


relient-k-4e1d0a4be567a.jpgLet’s travel forward in time from that last song, back to music we can relate to more because of the timeline. I have for you Relient K with their rendition of Silver Bells.

Yay! It’s Christmas! Whoot!

Relient K is a Christian contemporary band from the United States. I really dig their work. It appeals to me in so many ways. The only stuff that I’ve heard by the band is their collection of Christmas carols from the album ‘Let It Snow, Baby… Let It Reindeer’, but I’m pretty sure they sound just as fantastic in all their work.


Dio for you now with All The Fools Sailed Away.Dio.jpg I have brought up Ronnie James Dio’s Oh-so-awesome-I-can’t-get’enough-of-it voice before, so let me not dwell on it too much.

My God Man! His Voice!!

Not too many days back, I had the chorus of this song stuck in my head for over half the day. Easily one of the better days I spent that week.


I now hWhite Mambazo.jpgave a very interesting track for you. I wish I could recollect where and how I first heard it, but anyway. The important thing is I’m sharing this beautiful piece of work with the world.
The track is called Bazoyidela Inkani, and is by a South African choral group.

Here’s some trivia-

White Mambazo is a South African choral group consisting of the sons of Ladysmith Black Mambazo leader Joseph Shabalala, with his eldest son Nikosinathi leading the group. They sing in the traditional style of isicathamiya, like their parents in the above group. Formed in 1976 by Joseph and his late wife Nellie, the group came to local prominence in 1987, when they recorded a full album that October.

-Wikipedia


And to close this off, I have another carol (tis the season after all).celtic-thunder

Here’s Celtic Thunder with Our First Christmas Together.

I simply cannot get enough of this carol. It’s just so beautiful sounding, has just the right structure, the right words, and Damian McGinty’s voice (heart-eyes. Or whatever that emoji is called.)

So yeah, in the spirit of the season, of great music, and all that is right in the world, I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.


That closes playlist 89. I only just now realised how close I am to 100 playlists. Whoa.

So anyway, I’ll talk to you soon.

Happy Listening!