December 13, 2009

Am I Nuts? "Inspiration"

Once, a long time ago (in a far away land), I did some major Sharmila Tagore stalking via Youtube so now I get suggestions to watch videos of hers and one such video was the song "Kisi Raah Mein" from Mere Hamsafar. I forgot what a gem-of-a-song it was so I decided to watch/listen to it. As am I'm listening, I feel like I'm experiencing deja vu and I can't decide why when it dawns upon me. I'm listening to the words "mere humsafar" with that classic beat from the song "mere humsafar" from Refugee.

One of Anu Malik's most celebrated pieces, "Mere Humsafar" from Refugee wasn't as original as we'd hoped. I know Anu is notorious for jacking tunes and such, but I really wish Refugee wasn't on that list of stolen/inspired tunes. Alright, so it's not completely stolen but that note-worthy tabla-beat in the background of the song "Mere Humsafar" was used in "Kisi Raah Mein." Coincidence? I think not. Maybe it is, but that's doubtful. Here are both the videos. Am I nuts??

Kisi Raah Mein If you haven't heard this song before wait 'til 0:21 to understand why I find them similar:

Mere Humsafar:

P.S. I'm mad, but the song "Mere Humsafar" is way too divine to dislike. I used to equally credit Anu, Alka and Sonu. Now Sonu and Alka get a little more than Anu, that's all.

Musical Madness

OMFG, I think the music of Veer is going to be awe-some. I should've thought twice about it, but didn't and now I've come across an audio list of the songs and judging from the titles/singers/lyricists it seems like it's going to be good stuff. Here's the list, judge for yourself:

The music directors are Sajid-Wajid and the lyrics by the oh-so poetic Gulzaar Saab (I feel like it's, almost, sinful to not add the 'saab' after his name).

1)Kanha - Thumri
Singers: Rekha Bhardwaj, Sharib Sabri, Toshi Sabri, Shabaab Sabri

: Sonu Nigam

3)Salaam Aaya
Roop Kumar Rathod, Shreya Ghoshal

4)Spirit Of Veer - Instrumental

5)Surili Akiyon Wale
: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Suzanne D'Mello

6)Surili Akiyon Wale - Duet
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Suzanne D'Mello

Sukhwinder Singh, Sonu Nigam, Wajid, Neuman Pinto

8)Taali - Solo
Sukhwinder Singh

Okay, an album that features Sonu Nigaam, Shreya Ghoshal, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh, Roopkumar Rathod, The (new age) Sabri Brothers, Rekha Bhardwaj and a Thumri (yeah, I'm an old woman at heart)... you've got to be REALLY talented in order to screw that one up. I am hyped. I love when good soundtracks come out because I want to prove all the folks (who's 'all'? The haters on Youtube, artists from yesteryear, etc.) that in this day and age we DO have awesome talent and can create legendary, traditional INDIAN music. No pressure, Sajid-Wajid.

The music is expected to release December 18th.

If my ramblings weren't enough, LISTEN TO... rather than check out, this VEER promo of 'Salaam Aaya.' I highly suggest you play the video, but not watch it the first time through. It's more charming to simply listen to it.

Noooo, it won't let me embed it! They just put it up three hours ago, maybe some rookie did it. Here's the link: Salaam Aaya