Closer – The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey

Maybe I will get sick of this song soon, maybe that’s what happens to anything you hear on loop. But I have to say that the spirit of this song just gets me.

The lyrics are reminiscent of living in the moment and living life to the fullest. The electronic music is catchy with enjoyable beats. Halsey’s powerful dominant vocals capture the essence of the song perfectly while Alan Taggart’s softer vocals provide the perfect balance.

It’s finding the special love that makes us go no matter what life throws at us. It’s also about re-finding it and not letting anything get in the way, to feel such passion for someone.

“We ain’t never getting older”

Let’s. Be. Flawsome. Together.

Right. Now.

 

Image from Spotify

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Burn by Ellie Goulding, performed at Global Citizen Festival NY, 2016

Ellie’s unique voice, softer renditions and the twilight painting the Manhattan skyline purple, boy it doesn’t get better than this! I was lucky enough to be at the Global Citizen Festival last Sunday in NYC where Ellie was one of the special appearances and I can still feel the environment that this performance conjured, it’s a whole new feeling to watch music being created live. I particularly liked Burn (5:45 to 10:14) since I have always enjoyed it for its positive lyrics. This version at the festival however took me to an altogether new place. The slower tempo, softer music, backing vocals and the orangey-purple light was just out of this world. This just proves how valuable Ellie is to today’s music and I am looking forward to more quality songs to come out of her stable.

Image taken from Getty

Kun Faya Kun – Berklee Indian Ensemble cover

Kun Faya Kun is an epic song to come out of a Bollywood movie.

It is loaded with spiritual Arabic and Hindi/ Urdu lyrics by Irshad Kamil and the legendary A R Rahman has made sure we get transported to a higher place of serenity with the harmonium notes. This song stands out in the Rockstar movie album for which it was composed as it documents a turning point in the protagonist’s emotional and spiritual journey. I never thought it could get better until I heard this amazing cover by the Berklee Indian Ensemble. They performed it at A R Rahman’s felicitation ceremony where he got the honorary doctorate in Music, two years ago, in Boston.

This cover is incredibly beautiful, honest, reverent of the composer and just stunning.

I really don’t know what more to say. The varied male and female voices give this a stunning new edge and truly bring out the true sound of the parts they sing. The introduction of new instruments, like the Oud solo (5:28 to 6:36) adds a new element of authenticity to the Arabic sound without tempering with the original intent.

Above all, the singers belong to different ethnicities and cultures but appear to be totally consumed by the spiritual power of this song. You can see it on their faces, how deeply engrossed they are and they all seem to get the profoundess of this song. They are also having a great time while creating this beautiful version, they are many but one. This gave me goose bumps all the way. I’ll go out a limb here and say that this is better than the original.

Well done people at Berklee College of Music! You deserve more praise than you can ever get.

Image taken from YouTube

Photograph by Ed Sheeran

Right from the opening guitar to the lyrics, Ed Sheeran’s amazing voice, takes you to a warm fuzzy place. It stirs emotions about love, about time and how we want to hold on to the precious moments in our lives. I had loved this song for a few months until I finally chanced upon its video a year back. My sister in law, who’s a mother of two and lives in Surrey, England was in the kitchen and I randomly played this on my computer. “Oh I love this too!”, she said and I took my laptop to the kitchen and watched the video with her for the first time. We both were in tears by the end of it, she more than me. It was the mother in her of course. To connect to someone through music is a very surreal experience and we had found ours in this Didi. 🙂

The video made me love this song even more than before. Very special. Ed Sheeran, you are one of the most amazing things to happen to music in recent times!

Image taken from tumblr.

Come Undone – Robbie Williams

The paradoxical lyrics and the guitars make it a memorable one. Although this is probably not as popular as RW’s other songs from the same album (Escapology), it does have a place of its own for me. It somehow puts me in ‘let’s just forget everything and chill the eff out’ mode. Here it is.

Giorgio by Moroder – Daft Punk

This song changed my life and hence deserves to be the first post of my ‘Song a Day’ project. Giorgio in his speech in the song say something so meaningful, so profound that it made me break the self imposed shackles that were limiting my expression and emerge a happier, more contented and definitely a lot more expressive individual than I was before I even heard this. Huge thanks to DP for bringing GM to me. Also,  the credit of introducing me to this goes to my super awesome husband who is not only a huge Daft Punk fan but also my role model in many ways. So yay for that!

“Once you free your mind about a concept of

Harmony and music being correct

You can do whatever you want

So, nobody told me what to do

And there was no preconception of what to do”

The song has amazing beats and brilliant electronic sounds that pick up after he says the epic words (above). I use the high energy of this song when I need to focus and tell myself how easy it all is if we let it. Hope you like it!

Daffodils move me again

A very old post that didn’t get published in time. Last edited on October 18th and posting today.

The bus driver steered the majestic Volvo into the parking lot. I couldn’t help but spend a second in my head, secretly appreciating the Swedish engineers who built this coach that I had already spent 6 hours in since morning. The buses I had seen till now were nothing like this one. They screeched at turns, they made strange aching noises and it was jaw dropping to hear the multitude of parts howl in unison with every challenge that the pot holed roads threw at them. This one however felt nothing less than being in a luxury car! I drive a small chevy back home and the ease with which the driver was moving this whale of a vehicle changed my view of large automobiles. The fellow students of the university trickled out and set out to explore the village of Grasmere. Since this was our third stop, I was feeling slightly tired and didn’t want to necessarily walk around the whole place. The orange red maple trees contrasting the lush green of the grasslands behind them were too stunning to not gape at and that rekindled for me, the joy of wandering in the North Western English countryside.