Thursday, 7 April 2016

Footloose - Oldies goldies

I think I came across this song for the first time on the 30 min English songs program aired every Sunday at 12.30pm on the radio during 80's. At that time, I was slowly getting into listening to English songs. I must admit that the initiation happened with Michael Jackson's 'Beat it'. :) 

The first time I heard this song, I was trying to understand the accent, the words, trying decipher what the song was all about and I thought Kenny Loggins was saying 'Full loose'! I remember wondering why anyone would want to sing that someone or everybody is totally mad (loose = mad / crazy in Kannada slang) :) Only later on did I understand it to be 'Foot loose' and that meant carefree. :)

But the peppy number had already grabbed my attention ad later on my interest.

Here it is, if you haven't heard it already and to those who know Kannada slang, pay close attention to how he says 'Footloose' :)

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Ehsaan tere hoga - Oldies goldies

The very mention of Shammi Kapoor brings to my mind a personality with unrestrained energy and unpredictable dance moves. Very difficult to associate soberness and restrained emotions with him. More so when the movie is named 'Junglee' (1961) where he lets loose his high energy dance moves in the the iconic "yahoooooo" song. 

The beautiful 'Ehsaan tera hoga' song in this movie, shows with Shammi at his restrained best. For me, the songs themselves in this movie are enough to depict his transformation from a junglee to a human! 

Such versatility!

Which song of Shammi's do you like best?

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Dil ka diya - Oldies goldies

One of the best songs I have come across which really helps unwind after a long day is this one. For me, the best way is to make oneself comfortable in a quiet place, switch off the lights, close your eyes and let the song flow over you. It has this soothing non-intrusive quality to it which relaxes you in no time.

The song I am talking about is  'Dil ka diya' from the movie Akashdeep (1968). Mellifluous indeed.

Here's the instrumental version if you prefer this.

Which song helps you unwind?

For A-Z Challenge 2016

Monday, 4 April 2016

Chandan sa badan - Oldies goldies

There was a time when Mukesh's songs were a constant fixture around me, by choice. My choice. Call me crazy if you like. 

Contrary to the widely held belief that he has sung only sad songs, there are several beautiful non-sad songs too from him. Surprised? You don't believe me? Then you have to listen to this. I too was surprised and couldn't believe the first time I heard this song.  

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The lyrics of this song are so simple (unlike the complicated plot of the movie) & lovely and the singing just effortless. The result is a classic. The line 'kisi aur ko shaayad kam hogi, mujhe teri bahut zaroorat hain' makes me come back to this song time and again. 

Yes, I am talking about  'Chandan sa badan' from the film 'Saraswathichandra' (1968). Incidentally, there was a Star TV series with the same name and storyline directed by Sanjay Leela Bansali.

With very little background music where the singing parts are in the song, it is refreshingly pleasing to listen.

Chandan sa badan

Which non-sad songs of Mukesh do you like?

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Bekarar karkey - Oldies goldies

I used to hear my mum and aunt talk about the movie 'Bees Saal Baad'(1962) a lot, saying how scary it is, how hauntingly melodious the rendering of "kahin deep jaley kahin dil" is, how handsome Biswajeet is, etc etc. As I did not have access to video tapes or player nor were CDs in vogue then, there was no opportunity to watch this movie. Not that I am a big movie buff or horror movie buff for that matter.  But somehow this movie intrigued me, esp after listening to my mum and aunt wax eloquent about it. 

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A few years later, an opportunity presented itself to watch this movie on our black and white television. And I was hooked & was indeed s**t scared every time THE hand appeared suddenly in the movie! It being a B&W movie only added that extra edge to the horror with the dense fog, dilapidated buildings, dense foliage, night times, anklets and what not. Brrrrrrrr!
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Thankfully, in between bouts of trembling in terror, to my delight & relief, I found that all the songs were indeed mellifluous.  More than 'kahin deep jaley kahin dil', for me it was Hemant Kumar's sonorous rendering of 'Bekaraar karke hamein' that caught my fancy and made me into a lifelong fan of Hemant Kumar's singing. The way he has sung the line 'aap ko hamari kasam laut aayiye' just tugs the heart strings every single time.  

Loved the movie and loved the songs! A wonderful experience.

Here's the song for you. 

Bekaraar Karke Humain

Hope you  enjoy it as much as I did and do. :)

For A-Z Challenge 2016

Friday, 1 April 2016

Aa chal ke tujhe - Oldies goldies

As part of AtoZ 2016 challenge, it gives me great pleasure to share with you some timeless melodies, shot in the black and white era of cinema, which have made some impact on me one way or the other. The black and white picturization has a charm of its own. 

For today's post - the opening post - I present to you this song which for me, contains much positivity and hope. Kishore Kumar's voice and the simple background music makes listening to this tune so pleasurable.
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Every time I listen to it, I feel as if a strong, powerful hand is clasping my hand, to take me on a journey of cheer and joy! Never fails to cheer me up when I need it.

This melody is from the movie Door Gagan ki Chhaon Main (1964)

Aa chal ke tujhe main leke chalu

Enjoy the classic! And would love to know if you too have such a favourite song which lifts your mood and infuses hope.