Performing

Eastern Winds Eastern Winds: I like the cause with which we got together for Eastern Winds and I still play with the group occasionally.
Eastern Winds Garba - Dandia : Since the last couple of years, I have been fortunate enough to get a good group of talented and motivated performers together to perform good, fresh and authentic Garba music at a few locations around the bay area.

Experiments

I have been mucking around with some tabla and vocal recordings on a Shure SM-57 mic. It seems to be a good and affordable microphone that is great for percussion instruments and some vocals. For the software, I use Cool Edit Pro 2.1 which is easy to use and very intuitive, great for anybody who doesn’t like to spend a lot of time going through documentation to do simple & mundane things.

January, 2008 Guncha Koi guitar, vocals First attempt at recording vocals and guitar, so don’t be too harsh. I am hoping an “acoustic” sound is like taking pictures and printing in black and white; people by default look 20% better.

Inspirations

I listen to a lot of different types of music and admire everything from Indian classical to U2’s “One”. I guess it would be interesting to keep a “blog” of what I am listening to at a particular moment in my life…….

3rd April, 2008 - Ai Ajnabi from the movie Dil Se. I was ripping some old CDs to mp3 and found this song that always will be one of my favorites.

14th March, 2008 - Lately by David Gray. Someone tell me where did it go, darling I’d be damn’ed if I know. I have really started liking this singer/songwriter recently. This is how a live performance of a popular song should be done.

15th Feb, 2008 - Everybody Hurts by R.E.M. Maybe its just me, but it does seem that song is talking about “not letting go” by generalizing ( Well, everybody hurts sometimes) the reasons behind the original emotions. Weird.

10th Feb, 2008 - Dreaming with a Broken Heart by John Mayer. The waking up is the hardest part….

5th Feb, 2008 - Mujhe Mat Roko from the movie Gangster and music by Pritam C. Its slow, its painful, its meaningful and it is beautiful.

31st January, 2008 - Bella - aqui estoy con me dolor.
(p.s. I am never going to admit in public that I like this song).

30th January, 2008 - Mausam from the movie The Train. This is the second song from the album which is good. The music is by Mithoon, so it will be interesting to find what else is out there or coming up from this composer.

26th January, 2008 - Yeh Hai Meri Kahani, Strings. Its always interesting to go back to music you had appreciated not that long ago and “discover” it again. Strings as a band always have been impressive with their unique sound. This is just brilliant, great lyrics, excellent music.

23th January, 2008 - Woh Lamhe, by Jal from the album Aadat. What an impressive album, released in 2004 I think. I still keep going back to most of the songs every few days.

16th January, 2008 - Broken, Lifehouse. I am here still waiting, though I still have my doubts…I am falling apart…I am still holding on…I am barely holding on to you.

10th January, 2008 - Bheegi Bheegi, composed by Pritam Chakraborty (not surprisingly, as it has the obvious “hindi rock” sound). Really well sung, and very haunting. Its not a new song, but I have been listening to it a lot more recently.

December, 2007 - The Way I Am, by Ingrid Michaelson. Makes me believe that the process of creating music can be simple. You write simple lyrics. Then you think of a simple song. Then you pick up a guitar and play some simple chords.

December, 2007 - To Phir Aao, from the movie Awarapan.

1st December, 2007 - Aaoge Jab Tum from the movie Jab We Met. Seems like I am always subconsciously searching for such music and seem to appreciate songs born out of classical Indian music in its essence.

19th November, 2007 - Hey There Delilah by Plain White T. Simple lyrics, simple chords and simple singing. I heard this a few weeks ago on the radio, thought it was a sad song….maybe that was just the state of my heart, but is it actually a pretty cheerful song? Thanks to who sent me this.

13th November, 2007 - Kahin Door Jab Din from the movie Anand. An old song from an old movie, and both the movie and the song manage to touch the painful parts of the heart.

4th November, 2007 - The Reason by Hoobastank. Have you ever wondered how something seemingly unimportant earlier in your life comes back to mean so much later? This song was supposed to be an important choice for somebody, the words weren’t relevant then, are somehow very appropriate right now. Sadly, the only person who knows about this, and this is relevant for, is oblivious.

20th October, 2007 - Ma Rewa -Indian Ocean. I admire the band and their music. Really nice guitar work. I guess I had to download this since I was looking for a few good Indian Ocean songs I could muck around with for my guitar practice.

18th October, 2007 - Hazaron Khwahishen Aisi -Ghazal written by Mirza Ghalib and composed by Jagjit Singh is beautiful in it’s simplicity and soulful lyrics. I have always identified with its meaning a lot since a very long time.

15th October, 2007 - Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd, wonderful acoustic guitar. We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl….

8th, October, 2007 - Tuhjse Naraz Nahi Zindagi. A song is made by people having the ability to sing, write lyrics and compose music. Not very often all three of those talents reach epic proportions in one song, which is the case with this. Try finding this sung by Amanat Ali on SaReGaMaPa which is a “singing talent search” show.

1st October, 2007 - Mitti Da Bawa, a heart breaking punjabi song that Jagjit Singh performs at live shows.

28th September, 2007 - Collide by Howie Day. I really like the song, but more importantly, I am getting close to be able to play this on my guitar!

24th September, 2007 - Beete Lamhein from a pretty recent Hindi movie. I believe its sung by K.K (Pal and Yaaron, two of my all time favorite songs).

16th September, 2007 - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Sajna Tere Bina from the Bandit Queen movie soundtrack.

5th August, 2007 - Pritam Chakraborty’s music for the movie Life in a Metro, particularly the song “In Dino“. As for the controversy, everybody needs some inspiration….

July, 2007 - Daughtry’s Home from the band’s self-titled album.