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The Solace of a Song

A love song
On the radio-
Startles, and I am
Transported,
Yet again!

Mindless
Endless
Limitless

Timeless…

In this
Shrieking
Screaming
Pandemonium

Yet again,
Transported…

To that Peaceful Glade;
The freshness of a filling Silence;
To the Aura of a
Secure, Warm, Sheltering
Cloak-

Wondrous…
How a love song
Helps you find that
Solace of Insanity

In the Oasis of Silence
Amidst the Desert of Existence,
Surrounded by the
Babel of Sanity.

All because,
Of a Song?

21 March, ’08

Day#8 of #NaPoWriMo – pulling an old no-comments-received write from a while ago 😀
Songs have been whizzing about, shared by so many, each resonating with a different mood 🙂

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And I Will Always …

Love You…

I Will Always, Love you.

Whitney Huston. I will.

For the beauty of your voice
Lingers in the tremulous beat
Of a lover’s heart…
For the songs you gave life to
For the way you inspired with
“The Greatest Love of All”


For how you and Kevin Kostner
Made “Bodyguard” magical for me…

For you. A wonderful singer.
And I do not know more about you
Other than how much I will miss
Hearing your voice again, shake down
The blues that hit, unprepared
And for just giving me sustenance
Singing, “When you believe” with Mariah Carey.

For the pleasure of your songs
For the richness and honesty of your voice.

Rest in Peace, Whitney Huston.

12 February, 2012


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For the Love of Music- Part II

For the Love of Music- Part I

This is a music oriented post 🙂 But, [a nice term I picked up at OG’s space :P] Mallu-centric :P!

This is part II, of Nimmy’s Tag. To share with you 10 songs from two languages, that are personal favourites. I have already shared the English Songs, HERE 🙂

This is Part II- a few Malayalam Favourites 🙂 There will be many who may not follow the language, but then they say, don’t they, that the language of Music is Universal?

For those who do listen to Malayalam songs, I do hope you will find favourites here as well… 🙂 As said earlier, this is only a list of a few that came to my mind, and I know that I shall find more to add. However, Nimmy has very clearly said, on 10!
1. Manushyan Mathangale Srishtichu, by Yesudas

This has to be one of the simplest, most profound, and most telling songs on the times we now pass through. This evergreen, priceless song, as treasured for its music as for its lyrics, and not to mention the gorgeous voice of Yesudas, speaks of how man created religions which then created Gods, and together, the three entities divided the land and hearts of men! The famous trinity of Devarajan Master [music composer], Vayalar  [lyricist] and singer, Yesudas have come together to create this historical song, so filled with a worldly and universal wisdom. This has to be all time Song No. 1!!! 🙂

2. Kannadi Koodum, from the film, Pranayavarnangal [starring Manju Warrier, Divya Unni, Suresh Gopi], a sweet romantic film, with some great songs.

The ever so slight, graceful and beautifully rhythmic bobbing of the head, Manju’s, is believed to have been her own addition to the choreography, because the music, the rhythm , the beat of the song simply made her do that while dancing. It is one of the most entrancing performances, and that too impromptu, that I have seen 🙂 KS Chitra’s voice is superb as always, but this one song it becomes so very charming too!

3. Ethrayo Janmammayi, from the film, “Summer in Bethlehelm”

This video does not show the song itself, but clippings from the film, which was a superhit, several years ago 🙂 The humming by Sujatha, and her singing, along with Yesudas is simply melodious. And the lyrics are a romantic’s dream 🙂 🙂 [Translated to mean: I have been looking for you in so many lifetimes… I have so much of love -ishtam- for you… :P!]

4. Enthu paranjaalum nee endethalle vaave 🙂 from “Achuvinte Amma”. Meera Jasmine and Urvashi come together is this lovely family story 🙂

Simply translated the song is a sort of lullaby, a gentle rumination of lovely memories of a mother about her daughter, who is upset with her, and has left home… 🙂 She sings, “No matter what you say, you will always be my baby 🙂 ”

5. Yesudas’s “Arayanname” from Vasanthageethangal [Evergreen Songs], which is not from any film, but a collection of non film songs 🙂

This celebrates the Swan, believed to have been the messenger between the lovers Nala and Damayanti, in the story of Nalacharitam 🙂

6. The Bucket Rap… howlarious song put together by the students of CET, Trivandrum [Oye, OG, ariyaathirikillallo :P!]

7. From “Chitram“, a Mohanlal starrer, this beautiful classical song 🙂

8. Sukhamaanee nilaavu, from “Nammal”, sung by Jyotsna, a young lady, who just passed out of our school about 4 years back 🙂 She won the state award for the song 🙂

How lovely is this moonlight and the light breeze, and when you are beside me, the evening becomes magical… 🙂

9. From “Mazhathullikkilukkam” [the tinkling sound of falling rain drops :)], this absolutely gentle melody 🙂 “Therirangum Mukile

The lyrics again here, are just lovely, as is the mellifluous voice of Jayachandran.

10. The trinity [Vayalar-Devarajan-Yesudas] again, with “Aayiram Paadaswarangal Kilukki” from “Nadhi” an old film, that was a hit 🙂

This has been a landmark film that Prem Nazir acted in 🙂

So that is it, for now, with this tag! Now, Nimmy has asked only for two languages, but this is getting to be so very interesting, that I am going to do part III later, with Hindi songs… Till then au revoir; pinne kaanam [will see you later :)]

Enjoy the music, for it is, as the Bard said, the food of love 🙂

27 May, 2009

Edited to Add:

A few favourites from Ajit, OG 🙂

Nee manimukilaadagal, from Vellithira, starring Prithviraj and Navya Nair 🙂

Ariyaathe ariyaathe, from Ravanaprabhu, starring Mohanlal and Vasundhra Das 🙂

Swayamvara chandrike, from Chronic Bachelor 🙂 Rather funny, this song :P!


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For the Love of Music :)

I had been tagged ages ago, by Nimmy, to share some favourite songs in two languages 🙂  10 each to be precise 🙂 I have  decided to do it two or three parts. Since some of it was already in the drafts, from about an age ago, I decided it was time there was some movement on this space, and here it comes, a few, too darned few I must add, for I desperately wanted to add more. These are songs, some of them at least, that I grew up with, some others which I found wonderful for their lyrics, the music, and the sheer joy of sharing in their music. I do hope it will connect with you 🙂 and you will find that enjoyment too!

First off, the English Songs 🙂

1. One of Us – Joan Osborne

Do look up the link and check the lyrics, they are truly amazing!

2. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Roberta Flack

This has to be one of the most deliciously romantic songs ever… and I mean ever 🙂

3. Bohemian Raphsody, Queen

Sang this in chorus at School, came first [our class ie :)] A memorable song!

4. Truly Madly Deepy,Savage Garden

(Embedding disabled… another beautiful song to watch, do follow the link:))

5. Everything I do, Bryan Adams

Now this one give me gooseflesh, all the time 🙂

6. Stay the Same, Joey McIntyre

Embedding disabled 😦 Must watch song, must listen to song :). Can’t quite describe it, but it tugs at the heartstrings 🙂

7. Dr Hook’s Sexy Eyes

Bouncy, bouncy, and raunchy… but lovely 🙂 IHM’s blog has “When you’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman”, so I chose this one 🙂

8. Leo Sayer “When I need you”

Yearningly beautiful… 🙂

9. To Sir With Love

This had to be one of the most inspiring films ever, and this scene from the film is particularly touching and heartwarming! Am sure some of you will remember, and enjoy it all over again!

10. Abba’s “Chiquitita”

Another lovely song… 🙂

11. Vicky Leandros’ 1972 Eurovision Winner of a song, Translated here, in English, “Come What May”. The Original is Après Toi, sung in French.

Heard this first, when dad brought home this LP and was captivated by the voice, the strength of it, and the versatility 🙂 I heard the French version first [no I do not know French 🙂 :)] and later discovered the English version. The lyrics are lovely too!

In English:

This is in French:

And Oh 🙂 so very many more 🙂 This is just an atom on the tip of the iceberg, but then what to do, Nimmy said 10 only 😦 Though I did add one more :P!

More from Hindi and Malayalam to follow in another post. For now, this itself has drained me, though very pleasantly, I must add 🙂 🙂

11 May, 2009, very very early in the day… 🙂


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The Solace of a Song

A love song
On the radio-
Startles, and I am
Transported,
Yet again!

Mindless
Endless
Limitless

Timeless…

In this
Shrieking
Screaming
Pandemonium

Yet again,
Transported…

To that Peaceful Glade;
The freshness of a filling Silence;
To the Aura of a
Secure, Warm, Sheltering
Cloak-

Wondrous…
How a love song
Helps you find that
Solace of Insanity
In the Oasis of Silence

Amidst the Desert of Existence,
Surrounded by the
Babel of Sanity.

All because,
Of a Song?

Usha, 21 March, ’08