Friday, September 24, 2010

CWG

Who is anyone to tell A R Rahman that the CWG theme is not good enough? You serious?

Honestly, it's a plea to be recognized internationally by the people who asked for the creation of the song.


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Surprise Surprise

I have not posted anything here for the longest time. I have news though. 

So, I met A R Rahman! I didn't say anything because I couldn't find the voice to. He signed my favorite album of all time: Bombay.

I'm so damn excited. I will post how the Bay Area concert went and how exactly the signing unfolded.

Thanks to everyone's prayers, I feel great.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Wouldn't It Be Nice?

One of my dreams in this lifetime is to find someone who enjoys Rahman's music as much as I do, if not more. By this, I mean someone in my direct life. Sure, in today's day and age, any two people can discuss just about any topic through various mediums like the internet or through mobile phone. I'm not talking about that. I am talking about a one-on-one human connection; face-to-face.

When a new album releases, I would take my album and visit the friend's house and we would listen to it together. How beautiful would that be?

We would look forward to his local concert so eagerly together. We would purchase our tickets and revel in our accomplishment. How great would that be?

We would discuss on and on about the use of instruments, tones, melodies, and their Godly connections but would not make any sense as any words for him fail to fully capture true feelings. How amazing would that be?

God, if you are listening up there (which I am sure you are), please help me find that person. Now, if it's the best thing for me, I don't know. Obviously you know better, God. So, if it is possible, help a sister out!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Let's Swim Into the Blue

Mehekte gulzaron mein hum, chamakte sitaaron mein hum, behekte angaaron mein hum, lehekte hawaaon mein hum. Why? Because the music of Blue has released.

It seems as if ages have passed since something new by A R Rahman. No worries though, I have so many old gems to dwell on.

Regardless, this is no review for Blue. I haven't even heard all of the songs yet. But what a gift! Eid is coming up so soon and it has been one busy and tiring Ramadan. Nothing better to reward myself with than purchasing the album. I guess I will wait for Ramadan to end as the fruit of my sacrifice will be much sweeter.

Until later, enjoy the music of life my friends. Have a great rest of Ramadan and Eid mubarak.

Friday, March 20, 2009

You Don't Need Ears To Hear A Melody

Time and time again I find myself left mesmerized by his tune. I can hear it deep in the corners of silence. I follow the flute as it plays a game of hide and seek with me.  Down the dark brick-walled alley, I follow the turns in the dirt path splashing puddles as I go. 
Silence----- I stop, and then the beat starts again. 
My instinct tells me to speed up as the tune, along with me, decides to quicken. With my eyebrows arching and my sight sharpening, I remind myself that I can find it; I will find it.  Now, almost running, I turn only to arrive at a choice of two different paths; one left and one right. I hear it, I know I do. But which direction is it coming from? Which direction do I go? Quick, I must choose! I hear it ringing ever so slightly from the left, no, wait, from the right. Wanting to give up, I close my eyes and raise my head toward the sky. With arms wide open, I take in a deep breath to find myself surrounded by light, bright light. Wait, I've found it! I've found the tune, I hear it blasting, I see it sparking.  It is getting louder and even louder. The thumps are matching my heartbeat?  The strings are flowing with my breath.  It's in me! It's in my heart. It is spilling out of my heart.

(Looking left and right, we should never forget the only way is forward; the only way to go is up.)

God creates ways and paths for us to understand life. For each and every person the path and time is different. For some, it does not even exist.  For them, life is meant to continue astray. Many a time, the right mixture of events create a sort of combustion or a sudden chain reaction  in which the answers reveal themselves in front of our naked eyes.  What does it mean to understand life? Is there a definite answer to understanding it let alone a definite answer to life itself? To understand life is to feel it. It is to feel the grandeur all the way from birth to death and even after and even everything in between. Life is in the smallest of all happiness, in the largest of all tragedy. To feel it is to live it and love it. And it is to take care of it, protect it and to give it. To understand life you have to find it.  How you do, well, that is up to you.


The tune of Saathiya, along with a number of events in my time, helps me continuosly find life.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Can't Get You Outta My Head


Hey, I'm still alive?!? It has been such a long time since I posted last and so much has happened!

1. Yuvvraaj was released
2. Ghajini was released
3. Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack was released
4. Connections released
5. ARR nominated for and wins first Critic's Choice Award
6. Delhi-6 was released
7. Nominated for and won first Golden Globe Award
8. Nominated for and won first BAFTA Award
9. Nominated for two Academy Awards
10. Performs on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
11. ARR article in Rolling Stone magazine
12. Performs his two nominated songs at the Oscars ceremony
13. ARR wins two Oscars !
14. Performs on the Oprah Winfrey Show
15. Pussycat Dolls do a remix of the Oscar-winning song Jai Ho
16. ARR appears in an Akon music video titled Beautiful

The possibilities are unlimited! (I hope I did not miss anything in the list.)

I've been going through an emotional craze these past few months. There is simply too much to say and too much I have felt to document it all here. 

The album releases were great because every album introduced some awesome, unquestionable music but the greatest moment of all for me was watching the Critic's Choice Awards.  I believe my father, mother, and I had just finished watching one of my favorite television shows, The Office, when my mother asked me to change the channel because she wanted to just catch a glimpse of the award show. As soon as I changed the channel, the music award was being announced starting first with the announcement of the nominees. She looked at me as we learned it was the musical category and I said to her, "I don't think he's nominated." Actually, looking back, I have no idea why I thought that. When the presenters read off the nominees and announced ARR as the winner, my mother and I clapped like crazy people. I turned to look at her and said to her, "I don't think he's gonna be there." And then!! I don't know exactly what happened, not sure if this was a dream or reality but he started walking towards the stage to collect his award. What?!? Really?!? My reaction was limited to screaming and pointing at the television screen. I honestly could not believe what the hell was going on. I guess that's what being speechless is like. Whatever it was, I thought about that moment for the rest of the night and couldn't stop! I felt exactly like what ARR said during one of his award acceptance speeches, "Unbelievable."

I went into my room that night in simple amazement. I couldn't digest what had happened. I went straight to the video that had been posted capturing that moment. I watched it again. I cried. I began to cry thinking of the long journey; his long journey. I thought of my long journey which is nothing compared to his. The journey of listening to the music and evolving into a completely changed and grown person. When I see him, every moment, every single moment flashes across my eyes. The songs, the scenes, the performances, my feelings, they flash so fast that I cannot simply reach out my hand and grab one. There are too many and as I reach to grasp them, I cannot get a hold. Or is it that I grab too many? Whatever it is, I enjoy it. The feelings that I have and the emotion after emotion that I go through, witnessing and accounting his journey as well as mine, is one of the most beautiful experiences of my lifetime. If never anything else, no one can take this away from me. 

These past few months have been extremely exciting. I think I've felt a few heart attacks along the ride. I'm rather sure I've increased my blood pressure more than once. Most of all, I'm completely sure, regardless of other factors, I've prolonged my life because I have been so happy. All by the grace of God and everything else in life, I am so happy. Thank you so much for everything.

A R Rahman, wherever you are, all I can do is shrug my shoulders and wonder how God ever gifted you and your music to me.

                                                

Friday, June 6, 2008

My Zune, My Baby

So a few months back my brother bought me an early birthday present. I was rather surprised but rather happy. He bought me a Microsoft Zune 30GB. My SanDisk Sansa had broken down a couple of months prior and my brother knew I was looking for a new mp3 player but never got around to purchasing one. Little did I know, my worries were soon to be over.


I'm glad he bought me the Microsoft Zune because I was actually looking at various other SanDisk players in the market. I probably never would have thought of the Zune had this decision been left completely up to me. I am still a fan of SanDisk devices but now I am even a bigger fan of the Zune. My Zune, in particular, is one of the older versions, as it was some of the last few being sold but I have no problems with that, I love it dearly. I love the features, the colors, and the sound. It took a while to get used to the fact that I don't have a microphone on my device anymore and the fact that my 30GB player is much larger in size compared to the Sansa. I also increased my file capacity by 28GB! Damn!

One rather important detail I forgot to mention earlier is that there is a feature to name your device once one sets up the software. I named my device DUDE ARR, ahhah. I love the name or word, or whatever you want to call it, Dude and of course, my musical inspiration's name had to be included, hence ARR.

I must say, I love my Zune very much. I have never been a fan of the iPod except for its design and overall visual appeal. Do not misunderstand, I am not bashing it, to anyone who owns it, happy iPodding! I was actually looking into the SanDisk Fuze which is a rather new device but then I would be getting a much lower capacity for a higher price. If not the SanDisk, I was also looking at the new Samsung players as they have built-in speakers. They also had lovely designs. I have nothing to regret now, I find my Zune very lovely, :) .