In these dark, cold winter days on the East Coast, what can be better than closeting yourself inside a warm room with a bottle of gin and club soda by your side and some nice music playing on the PC.
Nirvana, eh? Yeah, baby. Yeah.
And of course buying some music tracks now and then.
Here are some songs we’ve acquired lately (mostly from iTunes but some from our CDs that we’ve now imported into iTunes):
* Baby Elephant Walk (Western) – We purchased this wonderful Henry Mancini composition for the John Wayne film Hatari a few hours back. Of course, we’ve been familiar with this charmer for a long time. You can read more about Baby Elephant Walk here.
* Nilavakku En Mael Ennadi Kobam (Tamil) – Is this the best P.B.Srinivas song ever? The song is from the movie Policekaran Magal.
* Kannale Pesi Pesi (Tamil) – Again, a P.B.Srinivas classic. Beautiful lyrics as with Nilavukku En Mael. This time, the movie is Adutha Veetu Penn.
* Achcha To Hum Chalta Hai (Hindi) – An evergreen favorite of ours from the Rajesh Khanna-Asha Parekh film Aan Milo Sajna. You can watch Kaka and Asha here in this video. Say what you will but Rajesh Khanna was a million times better than that Amitabh Bachcha.
* An Evening in Paris (Hindi) – One of our old Mohammed Rafi favorites from the Shammi Kapoor-Sharmila Tagore film An Evening in Paris. Here watch this YouTube version.
* Out of Africa (Western) – Got this John Barry composition a few hours back based on the recommendation of SI blog reader Guruprasad. Classy.
* Tritsch Tratsch Polka (Western) – One of our western favorites. You can watch our own Zubin Mehta conducting this lively Johann Strauss piece for the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Yes, we like Tritsch Tratsch even more than Strauss’ Thunder & Lightning.
* Duniya Mein Logon (Hindi) – Fine song from R.D.Burman and Asha Bhosle. The film is Apna Desh.
* Piya Tu Ab To Aaja (Hindi) – From the film Caravan, the song is thematically similar to the Aaj Ki Raat number in Anamika. Helen is the dancer in both films.
* Premalokadainda Banda Premada (Kannada) – A lovely song from the 1986 Ravichandran-Juhi Chawla film Premalokha. The picturization of the song (on Juhi Chawla and Ravichandran) is plain awful but fortunately the song compensates. Yesudas is the singer.
* Zoobi Doobi (Hindi) – The song is nice but the movie 3 Idiots is absolute garbage.
* Nodamma Hudugi Kelamma Sariyaagi (Kannada) – This delightful number too is from Premalokha. Besides Juhi Chawla and Ravichandran, the picturization of the song includes Vishnuvardhan and Prabhakar.
Ennio Morricone, who has composed music for the dollar trilogy, and Once upon a time in the west, has done a fine job in the Italian movie Malena (2000). The movie itself is worth watching for its unusual story (IMHO) and the fine music (more closer to fact than opinion).
If you havent listened to Mohd. Rafi’s “Pukaarta chala hu main …” from the movie Mere Sanam, (music by O.P.Nayyar) then no better time than this. The song is guaranteed to kindle some romance in old souls.
Kishore’s “Yeh dil na hota bechara…” from the movie Jewel Thief (music: R.D.Burman) is a breezy song.
1. You write above: Ennio Morricone….has done a fine job in the Italian movie Malena (2000). The movie itself is worth watching for its unusual story
Just read about Malena on Wiki. Seems like a divine movie.
Will watch for sure. Soon. Also listened to the theme music from Malena.
Monica Bellucci looks like a billion bucks. Here read this interesting excerpt from Wiki:
2. We have listened to Yeh dil na hota bechara countless times. Good number.
What’s with Dev Anand and the fishing line. Looks like Bollywood movies were completely divorced from reality even in the old days.
Pukarata chala hoon main is also nice.
the Sonia biopic was supposed to be done by none other than your friend Jag.. Malena seems divine? Guess you are being sarcastic.. haven’t watched the movie, but have seen all the scenes that matter 😉
Have you listened to (and liked)?
MTV United States “100 Greatest Videos Ever Made” 1999 19
Rolling Stone United States “The 100 Top Music Videos” 1993 36
Rolling Stone United States “The 100 Greatest Pop Songs Since the Beatles” 2000 48
VH1 United States “100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years” 2003 32
VH1 United States “100 Greatest Songs of the ’90s” 2007 11
Kerrang! United Kingdom “100 Greatest Singles of All Time” 2002 85
1. You write above: Have you listened to (and liked)?
No, Jeremy spoke in [our] class [only] today.
2. No, we were not sarcastic about Malena. Seems very interesting.
3. No, Jag ain’t our friend. We met the man no more than a couple of times and that too at a gathering where there were so many other people.
Malena was a good film, watched it for ‘Monica Bellucci’, didn’t know the music is by Morricone.
Thinking of Malena I remembered a very very good film I got to watch a few years back. Satyam cinemas does a regular screening of world class movies for free, the masters films. its always the morning 9′ o clock show. Though all the films were masterpieces, this one was powerful (perception is personal). if you read the premise, I don’t think it will be that powerful. I went because I know there will be good cinema, but didn’t know what I’ll get , that i think increased the appreciation for the film. Recently I came across the name of the movie in a book listing a lot of good movies, that’s when I realized, I had not bothered to remember the name of the film. The name of the movie is ‘Woman in the Dunes’.
Netflix has it and i think the description they give is all that is needed to know about the film.
We’ll get Malena on Friday.
Added Hiroshi Teshigahara’s Woman in the Dunes (1964) to our Netflix queue.
Try out gowtham menon’s latest Vinnai thandi varuvaya-Music by A.R.Rahman
Its exceptional…for a tamil film this has experimentations that was never heard before.
Listened to the previews.
Vinnai thandi varuvaya-Music by A.R.Rahman is a very average soundtrack …….its the tag of ARR that has resulted …..in lot of hype …..
Goa by Yuvan Shankar Raja is the best soundtrack to be released in the first 14 days of this year …
You mean Goa by that thirutu nai (thieving mongrel) Venkat Prabhu.
We have yet to listen to the music from Goa.
YSR is thirudan too..
http://www.itwofs.com/tamil-yuvan.html … but I like his music.
And people wonder why no one (by which we mean non-Indians) takes the Indian movie industry seriously.
Goa ? Lol….what according to you is hype ? am not talking about the movie…the soundtrack is very unusual for a tamil film with lot of experimentations…if u dont look in to the details you wont like it…its pathetic to compare that idiotic goa team with vtv
Since the above comment seems directed at Srinivas’ comment earlier today we’ll let the all-upper case SRINIVAS respond to it.
SRINIVAS, please take a break from your Pongal-ing and respond to the all lower case gk .
😆 at the “lower case gk” vs “upper case SRINIVAS” observation..
Does Srinivas’ anti-muslim stance have anything do with his dislike of the VTV (Simbhu/Trisha – SI’s dream combo) songs — this is me kindifying e-Pongal.
You write: Does Srinivas’ anti-muslim stance have anything do with his dislike of the VTV (Simbhu/Trisha – SI’s dream combo) songs
Srinivasoops SRINIVAS is a bit of a contrarian…sometimes it’s nice to see people go against conventional wisdom but that also brings with it the baggage of appearing silly in the eyes of many.
SI – you seem to do lot of research.. For our knowledge can you work on to find out if ARR or Ilayaraja ever copied copied from West or other music. Not sure if this would interest you but just wanted to check. I’m interested to know as they both are genius according to me and many.
Besides the above, there could be lists compiled by other web sites too that we’re not aware of.
I follow Tamil music regularly ….no marked preference for any specific Music director ….but only good music …..ARR is well know across the globe ….so his albums generate a lot of attention / hype …..adjectives and superlatives are used even before the album is released …. ARR of course has earned this ……But VTV fails to live up to that hype …..since i am staying in mumbai …..i am also one of them ….who reserved a copy of the album prior to its release ….then had to buy it …..
comments in the very same itwofs link by people who have heard … …will validate my point …..the last good album by ARR was Delhi 6 ……..
Now to say that i should pay attention to details and then only i would like the album in itself is a indication of the quality of music …….good music will grab your attention …..and not the other way round ……nevertheless ….be rest assured ….having bought the CD ….. i have done all that …….heard it umpteen number of times …..now i am back to hearing GOA …..which is by far superior to VTV ……unfortunately Yuvan is not as popular as ARR …..so you may not actually take out the time to track or hear his music ……….on a regular basis …..
Religion is not a issue …..unless and until Jump a Lahiri can come up evidence of ARR donating money to charities which are not exactly involved in Charity !!!
1. You write: good music will grab your attention …..and not the other way round .
Good point. 🙂
gk and the rest, our upper case SRINIVAS has picked up the gauntlet.
2. Now Jump a Lahiri, do you have any incontrovertible evidence?
La ilaha ilallah 😉
I am sorry.. I don’t have any.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم (In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful)
You write: بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم (In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful)
You are assured of your 72 virgins in heaven. 😉
@ SRINIVAS: I accept your point.I live in chennai and i did not see the kind of hype that you mentioned. It had expectations esp among ardent fans but goa is what getting too much hype rather than VTV.I wont say vtv is superior to goa since i haven’t listened to goa yet.But,VTV has lot of new things that is new for a tamil movie esp. Aromale which i see as pathbreaking-not tried before.
Sri Venkata thiruttu prabhu said that goa is inspired from the american pie series and other ‘A’merican teen movies…i wonder what kind of a standard it would have ??
Btw, “good music will grab your attention …..and not the other way round” true..sayin vtv is no good music before goa sounds like a single man’s perception which is supported by few like people (even in itwofs)…i see vtv as good music….
@gk ……not sure how u missed out hearing on Goa …since you are staying in Chennai ….anyway ….hear Mundhinum Partheney (Thaman S) ..