100 Happy Songs : Day 42

If you asked me to name my favorite playback singer, the name that would pop out off the top of my head, despite being spoilt for choice, would be Shreya Goshal. There are very few things that I gush about more than her singing when I’m listening to one of her songs. That voice that makes the rest of the aspects of the song either pale in comparison or serve the sole purpose of elevating her singing to a whole new level – be it the music, or the interludes or the co-vocalists.

And then this song comes along and changes that for the first time. I knew that honey-voice to be hers, those little nuances could be only hers, also those tiny slips in Tamil pronunciation that I’ve always forgiven with a bias in her singing, while needlessly picking on the same when it came to the likes of Sadhana/Udit. But there was something far more compelling about the song that overshadowed her portions effortlessly. Limelight, get ready to embrace your next guest – Haricharan. The song is just him , through and through. First, that mind-blowing singing in Kaaviya Thalaivan(should do a separate post on that) and now this. It was his diction and clarity, the vocal emotion and the classy rendition that had me hooked to the song right away; not Shreya, not even ARR. Pookale sattru oyivedungal – first love of I.

The other songs in the album (with the exception of Ennodu nee irundaal which I’m pretty sure I’ll grow to like) hardly fit the appeal-on-first-listen bill. Merselaaiten has more or less been rejected outright – it carries too much of a Simbu flavor to even warrant more attention. Too early to comment on the other two songs.

For now, though, it is Haricharan, and Pookale settru oyivedungal …

Maya, have you listened to I yet ? 🙂


100 Happy Songs – Day 11

Here is a song that has always made me feel extremely happy and psenti at the same time – Anjali Anjali from Anjali. Well, the occasion is such – my entry into year 29 was marked by Pattani running around calling out ‘tooooo youuuu, tooooo youuuuu’ every now and then(the outcome of K coaching him to sing happy birthday to you), a relaxed Saturday at home with a luxurious afternoon nap(which means the Pattani did not decide to end his afternoon nap exactly at the same moment when I finished off my chores and settled down to catch a breath), loads of wishes from friends and relatives, and a nice dinner at a new Gujju eat out. It has all the markings of growing old, doesn’t it? But I think this year I have kinda come to terms with it, so I am going to bed with super contentment and a big smile, after spending the last half an hour singing various lullabies as per the Pattani’s demands and watching him finally doze off to his baby sleep – that explains the contentment.
As for the song, there is only so much justice words can do to explain such magic. To think one person conceived it all in his head – #IRisGod. Second interlude-aha!
Peace out.

Nadandhu nadanthu varum poochendu
Parandhu parandhu varum pon vandu
Edukka edukka iru kai kondu
Inikka inikka varum karkandu

PS: This song also evokes fond memories of my psenti music nite at college where we performed this with a bunch of super-stud musicians. Those memories never fail to bring a smile 🙂

100 Happy Songs – Day 9

This one is right off the oven. Logged into FB yesterday morning and saw that a friend had shared the link to an album, Mundaasupatti. I’d never heard of the movie before, but music was by Sean Roldan. After the brilliant Vaayai Moodi Pesavum, I instantly knew my music for the day was ready. I have to admit, unlike VMP, I did not get hooked to ALL the songs at first listen. The album on the whole has a pretty rustic feel, and it (usually) takes time for such songs to grow on me. But every song has this very, very classy element that stands out as Sean Roldan’s stamp. There’s nothing to not like in Kadhal Kanave – lovely vocals by Pradeep and Kalyani – instant love. But the song that stood out for me and got me totally hooked after a couple of rounds is Rasa Magarasa – the solo version by RR himself. The violins, the bass, the top notch orchestration, the very native sounding lyrics married to some very groovy music – what a welcome whiff for Tamil film music. Looping. Today again.

PS: Aambala Singam and Idhu Enna from the same album – other top picks of the album – With the entry of the likes of Sean Roldan, Santhosh Narayan and Ghibran, it is suddenly like the IR/ARR magic is getting recreated for the next generation all over again !

100 Happy Songs – Day 6

It’s Karthik again today. For a while, this song was looping. And looping. And looping. And then, forgotten. I was jogging my memory for such forgotten songs, and this came up.
Maalai Pozhudhin Mayakkathule was a pretty nice album on the whole, with 3 versions of one song, Yen uyire – one by Chitra, who just cannot NOT sound great irrespective of what she sings. The second one an unplugged version by Bombay Jayashree, and this version by Karthik, which is an inch above the other two for me. Yaaro Ivalo, by Haricharan is another song I really like from this album. So, where has this MD Achu vanished after this (only?) album?

Nee thaano penne nee thaano
Bharathi sonna soppanamo ?

100 Happy Songs – Day 5

Have you had a voice crush? Mine is Karthik. What.a.voice ! It is ARR again today – Nendhikitten from a very forgettable movie called Star.

A very breezy sounding Karthik with Chitra Sivaraman(I wonder if she still does playback singing. I haven’t heard too many of her songs in general, and none offlate). Karthik went on to sing much better, stud-der songs, especially for ARR, but this one has that beginner freshness !


100 Happy Songs – Day 4

4 days into the series, and I am yet to put up an ARR song – I surprise myself! The only magic I’ve seen being weaved right from his initial days in the industry. The only composer I can claim to have followed without having missed a single album(well, almost, I think). The man of the 1990’s. The man of the moment. A constant feature in my daily dose of music.

Again, ARR will take up roughly half my mind-space of favorite music, so starting the loooong list with an evergreen melody – Pudhu Vellai Mazhai – from Roja. Lovely, lovely vocals by Sujatha. I wish I could say the same about the male vocals, but I cannot, and I am leaving it at that.

Random memory : DW(Dance Workshop) in college, where a batch of psenti-semites waltzed to this song during my second year, and many of us thought it was the dreamiest sequence ever! Came to know close to a decade later that the husband had also been part of the said DW show. #fateIsFunny

Nathiyae Neeyaanaal Karai Naanae
Siru Paravai Neeyaanaal Un Vaanam Naanae

100 Happy Songs – Day 3

Perfection, thy name is Shreya Ghoshal. My most favourite singer – a voice I’d love for company, irrespective of whether I’m happy, sad or moody. Unimaginably gifted with that voice of hers, and some stunning talent and versatility, she is the creme de la creme indeed. I love most of her songs, so I’ll start with “one of” my top favourites – Piyu bole – from Parineeta. The golden voiced Sonu Nigam of course adds extra charm to the song – but that mischief, that lilt in Shreya’s voice – sigh!