I have always believed that a day without music is a day wasted.
Yeah! I know this is been ‘inspired’ by Charlie Chaplin’s popular quote “A day without laughter is a day wasted”. [Although a post on quoteinvestigator makes a research and concludes that the idea of this expression was recorded in the notebooks of Nicolas Chamfort by the 1790s.]
But then, an inspiration is worth pursuing if it gives you a reason to live and let live. So as I say, a day without listening to soulful compositions by legendary musicians is a day that’s as meaningless as probably Rahul Gandhi’s Jupiter’s velocity or as Donald Trump’s statements about women or immigration. No I don’t understand politics at all! I understand music and I understand it in any language because I truly believe that music has no language for those who listen to it.
You don’t trust me?! Listen to these and conclude on your own.
Sebalanani by Ranidu Lankage
I should start with rather unconventional number by the hip hop artist from Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sebalaneni, which means ‘noble soldier’ in English, was produced by Mobitel as a tribute to Sri Lankan war heroes and was the first Sri Lankan song to be premiered on MTV World. Written by Anuradha Uduwage and composed and sung by Ranidu Lankage (the first Sinhalese artist to perform on BBC radio!), the song has a moving music video where the armed heroes continue to be prepared to lay their lives to save the country from all evils. The video beautifully shows how children could play or go to school; people could live a routine life without worry only because the men in uniform continue to turn their hair white and their skin black under scorching sun and amidst sweltering sand.
Even if I don’t understand a word in Sinhala, this powerful and emotional song inspires me a lot and reminds me of Sandeshe Aaate Hain from the movie Border. And then, the fact that all the proceeds from the song were contributed to the Ranaviru fund for the war heroes of Sri Lanka makes the song a masterpiece.
Pour que tu m’aimes by Céline Dion
So That You’ll Love Me Again, Pour que tu m’aimes in French was released in 1995 and is sung by none other than the most powerful singers I have listened to until now in my life. Céline Dion is my all-time favourite! Every song of hers is powerful, passionate, and touches to the core of heart. The gorgeous singer started singing at the age of five and since then has flawlessly delivered hits after hits; in fact, not hits, but the songs that will be remembered until the end of the world!
This particular number in her sultry French, as usual, is as much vehement as any other song of hers that accompanies me when I stroll back home from metro station and the drizzle gently washes away the dirt off my soul. The sensual yet pretty Céline is so much riotously in love with her man; so much so that she even casts spells, uses black voodoo magic on him!
No matter what! The lyrics say it all: I’ll look for your soul in the cold, in the flame; I’ll cast a spell on you, so that you love me still! I love Céline still and forever for so much élan that comes out of this song!
Habib Galbi by A-WA
Listening to Arabic music is one thing I have been doing since my first interesting job in 2007. But yeah, this one is the latest that became my favourite instantly. This peppy, traditional Yemenite song that has been fused with a bit of Gypsy punk is a wonderful creation by the three Haim sisters (Tair, Liron, Tagel) from Israel. With this first album of theirs they have freshened up the world’s musicology.
Habib Galbi, which means The One I Love, was a prompt hit—it was chosen ‘video of the day’ on Muslim Hipsters Facebook Page (Mipsterz) only in two days’ time of its release! The three dazzling sisters in fuscia kaftans can be seen protesting against patriarchy by driving across the cinematographic ‘salt desert’ and practicing hip hop with their men bleeding blue [the choreography is just wow!]. This refreshing song in grating voice of the singers insists to shake a tip or a tap and the passion in their voice makes me listen to this time and again. You could even listen to its acrostic version here, which again is as Sufi, as heart-warming as the original.
Maria by Ricky Martin
No! He is not only goddammit handsome, but a fabulous performer too! This electrifying composition by the Spanish singer, actor, and author Ricky Martin is one song that I think we all have grown up listening to. Released in 1995, the Latin pop is a part of singer’s third album A Medio Vivir and was his first international hit with over 5 million copies sold.
Exceptional ballad even by the locals, stimulating performance by the star himself, exhilarating music that fills you with the energy unbound, casual lyrics that define Maria as white as day and like a mortal sin, colourful Buenos Aires, and powerful singing that make you go crazy, all together make the song one of its kind, one of the best Soccer songs ever composed.
We Will Rock You by Five, Queen
I never like listening to rock, but We Will Rock You from News of the World! Probably this is the only rock song I don’t mind listening to when my almost-always-determined brother plays his list on highest of volumes at home and that too at night!
This powerful chartbuster by Brian Harold May, the lead guitarist of the band Queen is one song that truly rocks you from top to bottom. In 1977, when the song was released, it became the worldwide top ten single and until now it continues to hit the right chords, not only at cricket grounds when India challenges Pakistan, but anytime, anywhere. The five Brit performers from the band put in all their vigour into stomping and clapping that makes the basic rhythmic beat and into singing and the video is just smashing!
Rind Posh Maal by Shankar Mahadevan
Now what could be more beautiful than a song that is composed by Loy Mendonsa and is sung by Shankar Mahadevan and has Hrithik too! ‘A refrain to welcome spring’ that talks about mingling the sweet notes into a harmonious song, is one of the purest songs ever created. The song from the movie Mission Kashmir by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, was a runaway success in 2000.
The lyrics of the song has always been my favourite, utterly, butterly inspiring and soothing. Especially the lines: Sangeet mein hai aisi fuhaar, Pathjhad mein bhi jo laaye bahaar, Sangeet ko naa roke deewar, Sangeet jaaye sarhad ke paar… [No wall can hold back music; music leaps across borders; music is a sweet rain that turns autumn into spring…]
The lines in soulful voice of Shankar say it all; say what I started my post with.
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