Musical memories behind the making of some of my songs.
Imagine you are patiently waiting for something or someone. And it just hasn’t happened yet or the person just hasn’t come to you yet.
This is what I think one goes through..
First there is anxiety..
This turns into restlessness and agitation..
Then there is an attempt to reason..
Followed by agony..
Then there is sorrow..
This results in an attempt to find peace with the agony..
Finally there is ‘acceptance’ of the agony..
That is exactly what I have tried to capture in this piece!
My respects for music directors of all genres - specially those who work for film music have once again been reinforced in the last few days. I have been working on 4 different ideas (all of them are great ideas and I can’t wait to see them in completed form) in the last 2-3 weeks. Given my general creative music output has been a little low in the last 3-4 months, this period I think has been ok. Relatively satisfactory I have to admit.
But the point is that I have been unable to take any of those 4 ideas further after the initial thrust. So for now, they sleep in my studio and mind.
While I was trying to dust one of those ideas yesterday, I ran into this 5th idea..It is amazing how certain sounds (instruments) can inspire you.
“Frosty Bite” was inspired by the sound of Irish Frost Harp - Once I heard that sound, without really knowing the exact name of that instrument, I had transported myself into a world of tulips and flower gardens. I played with it a few times before adding some Celtic textures to it. The basic layer was built at that time. I still didn’t have the actual hook..at this point. I just knew the genre I was going to make. Once I learned the name of the instrument, I decided to shift the same exuberance I had in my mind to the exact opposite season. Fall (or Autumn).
The nip, The frost on the grass, The chill..etc. propelled me to come up with something that I thought would be a great (mis)representation of the season. And why not? Why not defy what we have been told to? Why should our mind associate only certain images with certain things?
I added additional layers like the violins and strings first..Then wanted to build a simple rhythm loop. After spending almost 30 minutes, built a pattern I liked. Then I removed the string sounds I had because they were not complementing my violin sounds. Which I didn’t want to let go off because of the Celtic backdrop.
Once I added a mild layer of Trumpet, I was satisfied and didn’t want to go overboard.
Then came the idea of additional rock & roll rhythm pattern. Which I did in about 20 minutes. Finally I was looking for a good intro. Unfortunately, I couldn’t come up with something on my own and I was only to too eager to finish the product. So I ended up adding an Irish Fiddle loop from the library. And I think that has blended well.
So that’s how Frosty Bite was created.
Time - Total 3 hours including mastering (in 2 sessions)
Number of tracks - 6
Instruments used - Irish Frost Harp, Violin ensemble, Trumpet ensemble (orchestral), Rock & Roll kit, Jazz kit
Hope you like this version of welcoming Winter!
Well..when I started playing some guitar sounds, I got this idea - Picked “A” major..which gave me the initial hook. Once I started off with “Ini”, the rest of the words flowed. There are only 4 instrumental tracks and I am mighty impressed with myself with the quality of the song (don’t mean the sound quality but the overall song for how I intended to & the style).
Of course, I may have to remaster this to get some better output. And not to mention, a different singer would always make this song sound better.
This morning (Feb-11), after my son listened to this song played out a few times in my home theater system, said something he had never said before after listening to my tracks - “I like the part where you sing Sol..Sol”..! Now, I can interpret it two ways - That is the only part in the song that is listenable or he is getting better in appreciating music. I think I will go with the latter.
இனி வரும் ஈர்ப்பினை..
இனி வரும் பிழையென..
நீயே சொல் சொல்…
Ron, Sanjay and I were traveling to New Jersey for a while on a regular basis on business. Of course, among other things one of the common topics of conversation was always movies & music. Naturally, this led to all of us learning about one another’s musical interests. And even though Sanjay is not a poet or a lyricist, he agreed to come to my studio one evening for a jamming session. Ron, with his never ending enthusiasm to sing was there as well. I had set the basic tune already and wanted to work on a fast song..(sort of a club no.). After the first jamming session was over all we had left with us was the “Bheed Hai” hook and no lyrics. We decided to meet the next weekend. Unfortunately, Sanjay couldn’t make it for the recording session but he mailed us the lyrics..Then it was upto Ron and I to complete the tune. In fact only the ‘pallavi’ was composed in the traditional format – lyrics for tune. The charanams were done the other way..and I was glad it shaped out well. Even the qawwali break-out was a spur of the moment innovation..Ron found it difficult to get to this scale and I am sure any other night, we could have come up with a better recording. The rap was added during final mixing and I think it brought the right mood to the song. I completed the song during the same weekend. Overall, this song holds a special place in my studio because of the collaborative effort.Special Thanks to Sanjay and Ron for their time & ideas.Note: The beginning of the song was composed with a visual idea..I had…(someone is flipping through their TV channels and ends up with a music channel where the club song is being played)..
Male English Rap:
Letting away every day..Move away we wanna play..
Bheed Hai Bheed Hai
Ashiquon ki Bheed Hai
Kaun haseena Aaj kis ke naseeb hai..
Husn hai Jaam hai..
Yaaron ki mehfil hai
Aaj ki shaam kuch Khas hi rangeen hai..
Dilon mein josh hai
Raghon mein suroor hai
Yar ki bhaon mein Aaj Chain tho zaroor hai
Mere dil mein kaisi aaj ye jalan hai
Mere dil mein machai hulchul hai
Premiyon ko jodi hai
Prem ki pathang hai
Main tho khush hi thoon
Mere Sang hai
Yaar there chehre pe kya shikhan hai
Bol de zara tu meri dhadkan hai..