Hello everyone. I’m a dear friend of Lady Nadia and would like to say “cheers” to her for giving me this opportunity to type out a blog.
This being my first one ever, my mood is ecstatic and positive, and the mood of my playlist this week is along the same lines.
Heads up, there are a few surprises coming your way as you read through.
Anyway, let’s rock n roll!!!
#1 Into The Night – Santana feat Chad Kroeger.
I’m hoping these artists don’t need an introduction. So I’ll get to the point. A very energetic, peppy, groovy and wonderfully blended musical treat this one is. Being the first song on Santana’s “Ultimate Santana” album, Into the night brought this musical endeavor to a very good start. You have the “Guitar Genie” himself (as I like to call him) rendering a wonderful Blues infused solo.
Chad Kroeger’s rhythm guitar work and his captivating whiskey voice sets the mood for celebration right where we want it.
The unique signature of Santana lies in the use of Latin and African rhythms and percussions, blended smoothly with rock elements.
Salsa buffs, I’m sure you would love to groove to this track too.
“Ay, oh, ay, oh, ay, oh, ay”!!!
#2 Factory Of Faith – Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Personally, this is my favourite RHCP number. I feel there is no better way to personify the genre of funk rock than RHCP composing and executing “Factory of faith”. The chemistry between Chad and Flea (he’s rightly called so) is extremely palpable right from 00:00 to 04:19. Don’t worry, that’s how long the song is ;).
Being a drummer myself, the first thing I noticed was the absence of cymbal usage throughout the verses. Chad rightly pointed out that this was a challenging thing to do and that he literally had to tuck his right hand under his right thigh to keep it from going to the hats.
Flea gets all the credit for this groovy, funky number, which is #5 on his ‘classic bass-lines’ list.
In a nutshell, what the band is trying to say is, instead of approaching love with the idea of lust, try a different approach. As they sing aloud in the chorus, it turns out to be alright.
#3 ಕೋಡಗನ ಕೋಳಿ ನುಂಗಿತ (Kodagana Koli Nungitha)– Raghu Dixit
Based on a poem written by a 19th century saint, this song is classified under the genre of folk rock. And Raghu Dixit is one of the best musicians you have in this genre.
Uplift, is the message this song gives the listeners. When you’re bogged down with despair and that feeling of utter hopelessness, there’s an inner strength that emerges from within to kick you awake and to tell you to look at the brighter things in life.
Beautiful use of wind instruments which include the sax and the trombone. A well blended, Blues infused guitar solo too. This song captivates you whether you know the language or not, thus emphasizing the saying “Music transcends all barriers”.
Listen to the song via the youtube link here :
PS : For translation of the poetic song, there’s another link below.
#4 Now We Are Free – Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard
If you are still wondering which track this is, it’s the one that plays after Maximus defeats and kills Commodus at the end of the epic movie Gladiator. Rightly named, this score gives out an extremely positive and liberalizing vibe.
Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard were posthumously awarded the Golden Globe Award in ‘The Best Original Score’ category for their tremendous work in this movie.
Hans Zimmer’s music in this movie has had an impact on many composers who’ve worked on historical war movies in the subsequent years. The very prominent and frequently occuring ‘wailing female vocals’ and the ‘battle waltz’ are among the influences.
And for or all the football lovers, the “Il Gladiatore” version of this was performed by the Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, at the opening ceremony of the UCL 2009 finals. Having taken place in Rome, this opening performance was befitting, making the Stadio Olimpico the modern day Colosseum.
#5 Beautiful day -U2
According to the man Bono himself, the song talks about someone who has lost everything in life, but still manages to find some measure of joy in what he still has.
Having a simple 4/4 time signature, a lot of well-blended electronic instruments like the electric piano, string synthesiser and drum machines have been used to make this a really beautiful track.
A well deserved 3 Grammy Awards were won by the band for this song. Also, Rolling Stones included Beautiful day in its updated 500 greatest rock songs list, making it the 8th U2 song in the list.
“Heart is a bloom
Shoots up through the stony ground…”
#6 Poove sempoove – Maestro Ilaiyaraja
Surprise #2. Another Indian language music masterpiece, and this one is in Tamil. For the non-Indians, Tamil is the language A.R.Rahman spoke while accepting the Academy Award for Best Original Score composed for Slumdog Millionaire. Ring any bells?
Now lets talk about his Master, the Maestro himself. Ilaiyaraja is a colossus in the Indian music scenario and is quite well known on a global scale as well. One of the first to integrate symphonic orchestration with traditional Indian music, the Maestro’s music is regarded by many a connoisseur as breathtaking.
Poove Sempoove is one feather in his cap that is a personal favourite, and which also happens to be one of his best compositions. The gentle opening with the western concert flute, the fusion of the violins and Indian traditional percussion and the complex time signature of the bass solo…the hallmark of true genius. Plus, it is sung by another vocal icon, K.J.Yesudas.
The youtube link to the link is provided here below :
And the translation of the lyrics, right here :
Let’s now call it a day folks.
Thanks again Nadia.
And guys, remember, “The thing with music is, when it hits you, you feel no pain – Bob Marley“