Wonder why I wanted to write about this song after Kodiya. In fact, I have been meaning to write about “the making of Bheed Hai” for a while.In all honesty, the idea for Jilu Jilu came about after I listened to Kuru Kuru from Couples Retreat. I was inspired to something in that genre. I am pretty hopeful that this song does not resemble Kuru Kuru.
Some trivia as far as the making of Jilu Jilu goes..
- The first song whose lyrics were not written down on a piece of paper during the entire process (even now I don’t have it written down)..Basically pulled the lyrics off my head as I went along
- “Vaanam Vaa..Vaazhthudhu” - This was the first line composed after I had the basic tempo and groove finalized
- Recorded 12 tracks for Audio(vocal) alone
- Overall, there are about 26 tracks
- The song was completed in 4 sessions - total time spent in the studio was approximately 9-10 hours
- The idea to end the song in a sort of quest mode occurred during the 3rd session (the lengthiest session out of the 4 and when all lyrics were finalized and when all vocals were recorded)
- The idea to add chirping of birds came about almost at the eleventh hour and was added literally 10 minutes before the final mastering of the song
- I tried to practice caribbean accent for the english part of the song - but gave up soon enough..so barely managed to pull something off..
Jilu jilu jiliu jiluena kulirudhu
Kada kada kada kadannu adkikkudhu
Vaanam vaa vaazhthudhu
Thooral thoo thoothudhu…
Takin’ up a reggaeton’n…Keepin’ up a reggaeton’n..Breakin’ up a guitar in need…
Mother holdin’ us tight..Mother keepin’ us straight..
Thannikkullae thaththalikkiraen Naan
Kannukkullae kudhuhalikkiraen Naan..
Thedi thedi tholaihiraen naan..
Paadi paadi parakkiraen naan..
It has often been a neglected genre of music - Even I don’t consider the Gaana style song from Chennai to have anything high musically. But the core of this style is so not much the complexity of the music but its ability to sway you and its ability to touch you with some deep and meaningful lyrics that are simple and not necessarily poetic.
So, one fine Saturday evening in April (or May), as I was wandering through my studio, I turned on my keyboard and started playing around with a few drum loops…I was really in a mood to create just a simple beat. I didn’t really think of gaana songs. Suddenly, I hit upon a sound which I thought would be apt for this style. I spent probably another 30-45 minutes and came up with a structure for the beat. Once I was satisfied, I started playing around with my strings..with a chord..That’s how I hit upon the simple tune of ”Thanananae Thanananae Thannanannanae”..That simple tune inspired me to start writing some lyrics.
The first line I wrote ended up being the first line of the song - “Beach pakkam Arch pakkam Thoondil Podathae”..And I continued to dabble with my strings while I completed the lyrics..Once I completed the first set of lyrics, I suddenly felt that I had the complete structure of the song in my mind…so I continued writing 2 more sets..And I started singing in my microphone. My goal at that point was to write the song in Chennai Tamil..The whole “Lottery vikkum” bit was added towards the end because I thought the song sounded too monotonous.
Once I had the lyrics done, I started recording the vocal part of the song..It was recorded in less than 15 minutes. I was just recovering from bronchitis - so you can hear the extra vibration added to my voice due to some blocked pipes. After the vocal part was done, the fun actually began…The next 5 hours was sheer fun. I eventually got the song what I wanted, but I feel I could have done better in my mastering. Anyways, as I continue to learn all these techniques with no guidance, I know I am kind of walking in the dark. But I like this adventure.
Here are the lyrics:
“Beach pakkam Arch Pakkam Thoondil Podadhaey - Elliotts beach pakkam…
Thaechaa, Enna Thaecha -Paacha - Karappan Paacha
Machanukku Madura pakkam Rendu (2) acre
Pichi Pichu Eduthukinnu pona makkalu
Annanagarula Adayarula Auto Voodathaey!
Moonu kaalu kuruvi onnuKilaiyilae kundhichu
Moonu naala kulikkadha machan Thalaiyilae kundhichu
Aathukkullayum Oothukkullayum Thanniya Thedathaey!
Nethu Naanum Thothu
Pisthu Alwa Pisthu
Lottery vikkum Makkar machan Adicha quarter
Military Otella chicken thinnu adicha looty..
Paettaikulla Kottaikulla Kodiya Ethadhae!!”