As these tired hands pilot the leaking, creaking man-of-war to its final moorings amid the ceaseless din and drivel around us, music and Bacchus are among the few solaces left to us.
Here are a few tracks (both Indian and foreign) we’ve acquired lately, mostly from iTunes.
* Kandathai Sollugiren (Tamil) – A classic song from the Srikanth, Lakshmi, Nagesh film Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal (1977).
This most-likely forgotten song is among our Top-5 Tamil favorites.
Yes, we’ve seen this fine film. Was this Lakshmi’s finest performance ever?
If we remember right, this song was picturized on Nagesh sitting on a bench with pieces of paper floating around.
Mellisai Mannar (The King of Light Music) M.S.Viswanathan is the singer and music director of this gem.
What a shame that in the current euphoria over A.R.Rehman, we’ve forgotten yesteryear giants like M.S.Viswanathan.
* Bekarar Kar Ke Hamen Yun Na (Hindi) – Sung by Hemant Kumar, this amazing number is from the 1962 blockbuster Bees Saal Baad featuring the handsome Biswajeet and Waheda Rehman.
We grew up listening to this song. In our first innings, we relied on radio and later on cassette tape for this classic. Now, in the final innings we’ve returned to this melodious piece in digital format.
You can enjoy this lovely song on YouTube here. Isn’t Waheeda Rehman prettier than an angel?
Hey, what do you take us for. Of course, we picked up Kahin Deep Jale Kahin (Lata Mangeshkar) as well from the same movie. Need you even ask.
* One of the best CD sets we’ve purchased in recent years is Ennio Morricone: 50 Movie Theme Hits (3-CDs).
For fans of Morricone, this CD set is an embarras de richesse containing themes from some of the famous movies ever – Films like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, For a few Dollars More, Cinema Paradiso, Once Upon a Time in the West as well as lesser-know films like Lydia, Scusi, facciamo l’amore? (Listen, Let’s Make Love) and Il Trio Infernale (The Infernal Trio). We got it at Border’s for about $16 after a 40% off coupon.
* Le Infernal Trio – A chilling Morricone piece from the 1974 French crime movie featuring Michel Piccoli, the ethereally beautiful Romy Schneider and Mascha Gonska.
Listening to this work of art, you sense strange and bad things are happening. To whet your appetite for the CD, we’ve provided a link to this haunting piece on YouTube. By the way, the movie was quite controversial in its day. Alas, the lovely lady Romy Schneider is no longer with us.
* Lydia From Scusi, Facciamo l’Amore – Another masterpiece from the master.
You ask who? Of course, you schmucks will. Morricone, of course. Explore this piece at YouTube.
* Sollathan Ninaikren (Tamil) – Another old favorite from the peerless M.S.Vishwanathan. We’ve likely seen this 1973 Kamal Haasan-Jayachitra film directed by K.Balachandar but can’t remember a thing.
* Hai Hai Yeh Majboori (Hindi) – If you’re a Bollywood fan, you know this number is from Roti Kapada Aur Makaan.
You can watch the voluptuous Zeenat Aman swing her ample derriere in this You Tube version.
* Love in Tokyo (Hindi) – From the 1966 film of the same name. The song is picturized on yesteryear actors Joy Mukherjee and Asha Parekh.
Mohammed Rafi is the singer. Wasn’t this movie a big hit in the 60s? Perhaps, Joy Mukherjee’s biggest hit.
We remember going out to watch Love in Tokyo in India several decades back but had to leave after 20-minutes or so because of a power-cut in the theater. Those days, no theater had a generator and if the power outage lasted more than 20-minutes they’d give you a coupon that could be redeemed for another show of the same movie.
* Batman Theme – Starts slow and picks up furious momentum as it progresses. Kinda like the Batmobile gathering speed. Listening to this Danny Elfman piece sounds better on the new iPhone 4 headset than on the PC.
* Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai (Hindi) -A great Kishore Kumar number from Kati Patang (Rajesh Khanna, Asha Parekh).
* Halloween Theme – John Carpenter’s Halloween Theme starts with heavy boots on concrete and banging on a door against a backdrop of heavy winds.
And then the scary piano keys playing out with their sure warning of imminent danger. And was that the sound of wolves at the end? Wonderful.
* Discombobulate – A fine piece from German composer Hans Zimmer for the recent Hollywood film Sherlock Holmes.