Of Stories and Songs

September 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

I love stories. Reading them, listening to somebody narrate them, imagining how the characters, locales and events play out. I used to write them too. Stories. A long time back.

I like songs. Songs sung well. Songs with meaning. Songs which are not songs just for the sake of being songs. You know what I mean? Maybe you don’t. But I do. I always know what I mean.

But stories which are songs? Or songs which are stories? What brilliance they are!!

Songs actually started out as a way to tell stories. In the olden times, people would sing of stuff that happened around them or of stuff that happened to/around their ancestors (also known as ‘folk’ songs). They still do. But not as much.

Coming to Bollywood and Hindi music in general, there isn’t much of a storytelling tradition there. But there are a few songs that come to mind. In no particular order:

The story of India’s most famous tragic romantic figures, as explained in Aaja Nachle

I love stories. Reading them, listening to somebody narrate them, imagining how the characters, locales and events play out. I used to write them too. Stories. A long time back.

I like songs. Songs sung well. Songs with meaning. Songs which are not songs just for the sake of being songs. You know what I mean? Maybe you don’t. But I do. I always know what I mean.

But stories which are songs? Or songs which are stories? What brilliance they are!!

Songs actually started out as a way to tell stories. In the olden times, people would sing of stuff that happened around them or of stuff that happened to/around their ancestors (also known as ‘folk’ songs). They still do. But not as much.

Coming to Bollywood and Hindi music in general, there isn’t much of a storytelling tradition there. But there are a few songs that come to mind. In no particular order:

The story of India’s most famous tragic romantic figures, as explained in Aaja Nachle

The story of Deception in Louw from Karz(the original movie)

And also as later explained by Himace in Karzzzzz. He’s done a decent job with the song, regardless of what he did with the so-bad-its-good other song in the same movie Tandoori Nights

And a recent number from Bollywood…from the proponent of the Drunken Monkey Style of singing, Mohit Chauhan. Not exactly telling a full story as such (just a middle section which tells a story), but in an age where such songs are rare, a welcome tune.

That’s pretty much what I remember from Bollywood.

There’s one Rajasthani folk song, Beero Binjaaro from Coke Studio Pakistan which narrates a story. A lilting tune.

Also, my favourite angrezi song of all time, American Pie by Don McLean. A story spanning a generation.

To Hell…

July 24, 2010 § 2 Comments

…and not yet back.

12 hour work days I can well handle. have been doing so for the past 3 years. Its the 15-16 hour work days that get my goat. And let it wander all over the well cared for garden lawn. But then, work is work. I hardly notice. But the others do. The day I feel/look like a zombie moving from one task to another, they notice. And ask me to go and rest. Which is all very well. Because a zombie me is no fun, I tend to snap at people. People are annoying.

I’ve been meaning to blog. But inspiration has decided to up and leave. Which is more or less okay, since zombie-fied me doesn’t really care. I will blog without inspiration. To hell with inspiration I say. Now, I’ll need a muse. Who will volunteer? 😛

For people who don’t listen to Hindi songs. Yes, you. You, the one who learns lyrics of angrezi songs so that you may impress the cool ones. Go listen to the songs of Aisha. Bloody brilliant they are. Especially Lehrein, Suno Aisha and Gal Mitthi Mitthi. That Amit Trivedi is gonna be the next Rehman if he keeps going like this. First DevD, now this. And I heard his Udaan has a nice soundtrack too. Must listen to those too.

Which reminds me. Listened to Madno yet? Where do these people get such melodies from? Awesomeness. I even liked Mika’s version of it. And I was not irritated by his singing. Thats saying a lot. The haunting female voice is the thing that makes the song really. And the lyrics?   

Kayi khwaab dil tujhko le kar sajaaye
Par khauf yeh bhi kahin par sataaye
Ghar yeh bhi tootey toh phir hoga kya re
Mujhe raas aati hain khushiyaan kahan re

Lovely.

BTW it was Himace’s birthday recently. Saw it somewhere on Facebook. Wish you a very Happy Birthday Himace. May you always grimace 😛

A thank you to Alice. Her comment on a previous post made me realise that I haven’t updated my blog in a bit. Thank You very much. I feel less zombie like now 🙂

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