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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The Band Phenomenon: West vs East

Let’s talk about ‘bands’. In the Music world, the concept of bands has been around for a very long time, and exist in almost every genre of Music that you can think about. However, when it comes to the world of Bollywood Music, the concept of bands is still pretty much non exsistent to the mainstream Bollywood Music eye.

When it comes to Western Music, especially in the popular (pop) Music culture, creating a band of say 4-5 guys or girls has proven to become a popular trend over the years, and there have also been many a successful solo artists who have emerged through this, who previously were part of a band. Popular boy bands include Backstreet Boys, Take That, Boyzone, NSync and Westlife to name but a few. I still find it very strange that we are yet to see this kind of concept take shape in Bollywood Music. There are only 3 Pop bands which come to my mind and 2 of them are no longer together (Asma and Band of Boys) however I do believe the band Euphoria are making a come back of sorts. The only band that I know which is still going strong is SANAM.

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Musical Thoughts: Why does new Music have such a short shelf life?

One of my recent posts on social media inspired me to write about this next topic. I am going to be talking about the very short shelf life that comes with new Music in today’s times. As we continue to live in a digital era, Music industries are focusing more on the popularity of songs via the number of views they receive at social media platforms such as YouTube etc. rather than traditional sales.

With regards to the Bollywood Music industry, as they continue to make and release films so frequently, we also get to hear a wide variety of soundtracks throughout each month of the year. The main problem with this, however, is that the turnover of Music becomes so frequent, that a good track can be very easily forgotten.

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A few of my favourite heartbreak Bollywood songs

During my recent sessions of listening to my favourite Music, I listened to three Bollywood songs in a row which all featured the same theme – a heartbreak or unrequited love. What struck me the most about these three songs, is just how strong in melody they are. There are many songs where the lyrics tend to be stronger than the Music and to be honest, that is what one would expect in this genre of song. Yet in each of these three songs, it is the other way round.

The wonderful songs that I am talking about are:

Menu Kehn De from Aap Se Mausiiquii

Dard E Tanhai Main from Jashnn

Haaye Dil single by Jubin Nautiyal

I highly recommend listening to these three songs and noticing their Musical qualities. What are your favourite heartbreak songs? Do share them in the comments below!

Celebrating my favourite female musicians!

It was International Women’s day on 8th March where females all around the globe, actually get a chance to celebrate themselves and each other. Yes, we actually have a day in the year, where we can celebrate ourselves. Hooray!

This week at Girl at the Piano, I have mentioned 2 new female talents who will be making their debut in a special music video very soon. Read here to know more about this project! I then thought it would be an awesome idea, to celebrate my favourite female musicians this week. There are many that I adore, but I have narrowed it down to my top 3 favourites and my most favourite songs of theirs. So here it goes!

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Music and Social Media

Music and Social Media

For the last (at least 5 years), the rise of Social Media has most certainly changed the way we look at, listen to and enjoy Music. Talking predominantly about the Bollywood Music industry Social Media, has bought many positive and negative sides of the current state of the industry to light.

There has definitely been an increase of ‘artist feuds’ on social networking sites such as twitter. Top names such as Sona Mohapatra, Arjun Artist, Kanika Kapoor and Dr Zeus have been involved in Music related spats. The most common reason between all of the spats is either due to credits being given or not given to the concerned artists. You can blame the record companies for these misunderstandings.

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A Music review is not a personal Angst review

A Music review is not a personal Angst review

As a huge Music lover, I often cannot help but read a music review of a Bollywood album that has released. Many a time, reading a music review has not only left me disappointed, but also frustrated at the writer who has more often than not, written something out of pure anger instead of simply giving their opinion about the soundtrack itself.

We already live in a world that is full of hatred and negativity, and when one has the power to hold a pen and give a view, why does one need to be so nasty?! It is very easy to simply say ‘I didn’t like this song because…’ without drawing ridiculous song comparisons between previous works of the composer/or making it very clear to the reader how much you “hate” this composer/singer. (Note: Hate is a very strong word!)

I have read Music reviews that have not only been negatively biased towards one composer, but make you think that the reviewer did not even listen to the song in question due to their pre bias. That is just far too much angst!

So, next time you are fortunate enough to write a Music review, while you hold the pen (or iPad in most cases!) no matter how much you dislike a song on the album, just remember that there is no need to be so nasty with your written words. Whether or not, we like the end product, a lot of hard work goes into creating an album. It is very easy to listen to a song and for it to be over in the next 5 minutes, but do keep in mind the many decisions that were made for each second/word of that song, next time you listen. Learn to appreciate without unnecessary angst. Words hurt.