Musical Thoughts: The artists that I look forward to hearing in 2018 plus my New Year Musical resolutions!

As we have entered a brand new year, I thought it would be a good idea to share the artists that I look forward to listening to in 2018, as well as sharing some of my musical new year resolutions.

The artists that I look forward to listening to this year are:

*Himesh Reshammiya
*‎Arya Entertainment
*‎Emeli Sandé

Last year, unfortunately we did not get any new releases from my favourite Bollywood composer Himesh Reshammiya, however this is all set to change this year as we will get to listen to his amazing music for the film Genius. The film has been directed by Anil Sharma (Gadar, Apne fame) and Genius looks set to have a romantic soundtrack which will most definitely be a treat to listen to.

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Musical Thoughts: How India’s Fabulous Four SANAM kept the Independent music scene alive

The Hindi independent music scene (also called indie music) has changed dramatically over the years. While many people think that Hindi music is dominated entirely by Bollywood, this is most certainly not the case. During the 1990’s a lot of Hindi artists, had created and worked on their own music albums and songs, which were not tied in any way to a Bollywood film soundtrack. Popular artists such as Alisha Chinoi (Made in India), Baba Sehgal, Silk Route helped to form the indie music scene, which essentially allowed artists to showcase their creativeness at their full potential.

There were many peaks in the indie music scene, and it even attracted well known Bollywood music composers such as Adnan Sami (Tera Chehra) and Himesh Reshammiya (Aap Kaa Surroor), who both saw immense success with their private albums, yet after this time, the scene began to sadly decline, as Bollywood music became stronger. However, thanks to platforms such as YouTube, India welcomed their most prominent band who are often known as ‘fabulous four’ SANAM, who essentially revived and strengthened the dying indie music scene.

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Musical Thoughts: The Musical Highlights of my year 2017

This is the first year since starting Girl at the Piano, that I have decided to write a musical highlights of the year post. I feel blessed to say that there have been many such moments for me this year, and as it is now December and 2018 draws closer, I felt that it would be a good time to reflect on the highs of the year.

The start of the year was rather quiet for me on the Music front, especially in the Bollywood Music scene. It began to pick up when my favourite multi-talented artist Himesh Reshammiya came as a judge on quite possibly one of the most popular seasons of SaReGaMaPa Lil Champs. This reality show continued well into October, as it received an extension, after gaining the continuous amount of high trp (viewership). Two more videos from Himeshji’s second private album Aap Se Mausiiquii, also released at the beginning of the year. The tracks were Trippy and Every Night and Day. They are both my favourites from the album as we get to see a different side to Himeshji’s Music in both of them!

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Musical Thoughts: Talking about The Voice India Kids music reality show

The Voice India Kids poster

I am currently enjoying the musical reality show The Voice India Kids. This show airs on AndTV, and is the second season of the children’s series. The Voice launched in India in 2015, and though it is an international concept, the show has been well received by music lovers and Indian television audiences.

This season features my favourite Himesh Reshammiya, and singers Papon, Shaan and Palak Muchhal as the coaches. The show is currently in the blind auditions stage, and if you are familiar with the concept of the show, you will know that this first round, means that the singers have to impress the coaches with their singing only, as only then, will the coaches chair turn when they have hit the buzzer.

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Musical Thoughts: Listening to Music via apps in the digital era

In the current digital era, it is much more common to find that people are listening to music via apps (streaming) on their smartphone, as opposed to either a CD or even mp3 player. With so many good music apps now available to choose from, it can also become a bit overwhelming when deciding to pick the right app which suits your choice of music. In this post, I will be sharing some of the top music apps for both Bollywood, Indie and Western music. This post is also a collaboration with Artist Aloud, and I shall be sharing some tips on some of the best ways to listen to new Indie Music via their app.

Some of the most popular Bollywood music apps are:

*‎Eros Now (restricted to only Eros Now releases)

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New Music Monday: Emeli Sande, The Corrs and Shania Twain

I know my blog has been a bit quiet on the new Music Monday front, and that is thanks to all of the new and good Music, releasing all at once! It seems as though we are officially now in Autumn, we have a slew of new releases in the Western Music scene; that too, from 3 of my favourite artists!

The latest releases which have grabbed my attention are:

Starlight – Emeli Sande (from her upcoming album Starlight)

Son of Solomon – The Corrs (from their upcoming album Jupiter calling)

Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed – Shania Twain (the second single from her just released album Now)

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My favourite filmi Garba style songs to enjoy, during the festival of Navratri!

We have entered an auspicious time of the year with the festival of Navratri that lasts for 9 days, and is widely celebrated across India. If you would like to know more about this festival, I highly recommend using Google to learn more about it. During this religious festival, many Indians dance in a traditional form of ‘Garba’, and so this form of dance requires a special kind of song and Music.

As Navratri is a popular yearly event, it has featured in many Bollywood films, thus creating a filmi sound of the festival. I have selected a few of my favourite Bollywood style Garba songs below. Do let me know if any of these are your favourites too!

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New Music Monday: Lakshya ~ SANAM

I always love writing a new Music Monday blog post, and this weeks release is a very special one. It is the latest rendition from the band SANAM and they have covered the title track of the film Lakshya.

However, this is not an ordinary release as it is Music for a Cause as the boys are supporting a very important campaign #NoWorldWithoutGirls

Having over 2 million subscribers at their YouTube channel, it is no surprise that they are now being recognised by brands like eBay who have also collaborated with them in their latest release.

Check out the video of Lakshya below which features a very important message.

Lakshya – SANAM

My favourite Golden Oldie song: Dil Kahe Raha Hai from Tera Chehra

We have reached that all important time of the month where I share one of my favourite golden oldie songs from either Western or Bollywood Music. This month, it is my chance to share one of my favourite songs from Bollywood Music, and this time, I have chosen a non-filmi song from an album which changed the entire game of Indian Independent Music! The song is the romantic Dil Kahe Raha Hai from Tera Chehra by Music legend Adnan Sami.

Dil Kahe Raha Hai – Tera Chehra (Adnan Sami)

I am fortunate enough to have seen Adnan live in concert in 2005. He had come to the UK to perform at the Wembley Pavillions, and the then upcoming singer Shreya Ghoshal was his only support act (though they did not perform together at all). Myself and my family have loved each and every song from the ever popular album Tera Chehra, and to see the maestro perform the songs live was a real treat! Dil Kahe Raha Hai Dil Se…Vaada Karo Dil Se…Chahe Tum Chaha Bhi Jaana Jaana Meri Yaad Rakhna… (The Heart is Saying, Make a Promise From Your Heart, That Wherever You Go, You Will Remember Me), is one of my favourite tracks from the album due to its romantic heartfelt lyrics, piano and overall Music arrangement.

Are you a fan of the Tera Chehra album? Share your favourite song in the comments! Check out my favourite golden oldie from last month here.

Annoying trends in Bollywood Music

As my regular readers may be aware, I cover a lot of Bollywood Music news here at Girl at the Piano. I also dislike negative writing (writing without any positivity), but this next topic is one that I surely need to address and get off my chest, so to speak! Over the last 5 years or so, there have been some very irritating trends/fads which in my opinion, have stuck around for far too long in the world of Bollywood Music. They are the following:

*Remaking old Bollywood songs on new Bollywood soundtracks
*Remaking old UK Asian artist songs on new Bollywood soundtracks
*Bollywood actors turning “singers”
*Multiple Music Directors on one soundtrack (affecting Music shelf life)

I recently conducted a poll on Twitter to find out how many of you agreed with me about this issue, and the results were surprising to see!

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