Thursday, July 31, 2008

Main Agar Kahoon (cover)

The music composer duo Vishal-Shekhar has given us two wonderful songs last year - Main Agar Kahoon and Ajab Si (click here to listen to my version of Ajab Si). Two beautiful songs sung by two of the best filmy singers in India - Sonu Nigam and Kay Kay. Sonu Nigam has a special gift in giving the right feel to the songs. It is not easy to imitate the feel that he gives in to a song. And Main Agar Kahoon is a good example.

Here I am trying this song with Sindhuja. Lemme know how it sounds. :-)

Song: Main Agar Kahoon
Movie: Om Shanti Om
Music: Vishal-Shekhar
Originally sung by: Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal
Sung by: Jo, Sindhuja

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Manju Pole Oru Swapnam - Song Release

Remember when I mentioned about a couple of music projects which I was looking forward to? One of them was to compose and sing the theme song for a Malayalam telefilm, Manju Pole Oru Swapnam, which is a UK Malayalee production. That project is over now and the song has been completely done. The first schedule of the film's shooting is over and the next schedule will begin soon.

I had this opportunity because of my friend and well-wisher Dr. James Bright, who is in the UK and whom I have never met. :-) Right from the day when he first came to my blog and listened to my songs, he said he would definitely give me a chance when he comes up with a filmy project (he was the producer of Malayalam film "Vadhu Doctoraanu" which has Jayaram in the lead role). And he kept his word. Dr. Bright has also written the script and songs for this telefilm.

As I started with this project, I could interact with a couple of others from the crew. Jayaram, the director of the film, has become a good friend of mine. He would call me up and discuss ideas he had for the songs and continuously encouraged me throughout the project. He is full of spirits and I can't wait to see the film! And then the hero of the film, Nimal, a nice chap who easily became a good friend. A truly hero material, I say. :-)

Many thanks to all the musicians who have worked on this project. To Ajit Gopalakrishnan (for orchestrating the song), Bharath Venkatesan (for rhythm programming) and Nandu Mahadevan (for mixing the song) - thank you folks!

Song: Manju pole oru swapnam
Lyrics: James Bright
Composed and sung by: Joseph Thomas
Orchestration: Ajit Gopalakrishnan
Rhythm Programming: Bharath Venkatesan
Mixing: Nandu Mahadevan

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Now watch this video with the pictures of filming, right from the Pooja day.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Cheeni Kum (Cover)

I have said it over and over again in this blog that I am a huge fan of Shreya Ghoshal (somebody please let her know that I am on bride-hunt these days :P). Her voice and the way that girl adapts herself to several Indian languages are just amazing. The other day I was listening to Vida Parayukayaano, from the Malayalam movie Big B (Not Bacchan), composed by the talented Alphons Joseph. It is her first Malayalam song and I must say she has done an amazing job in the pronunciation part, better than any of her counterparts from North or South of India could do (except a Malayalee).

The title song Cheeni Kum from the Hindi movie Cheeni Kum is a beautiful song composed by Ilaiyaraja and given life by Shreya (I also loved the male version of this song). Here is my humble attempt to sing this song. And this is the first song I recorded in my new Shure SM 58! Let me know how it sounds. :-)

Song: Cheeni Kum
Music Composer: Ilaiyaraja
Original singer: Shreya Ghoshal
Cover sung by: Jo

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Friday, July 04, 2008

Dooba Dooba of Silk Route (cover)

I think it was after my pre-degree years that I came to watch the video of this beautiful song by Silk Route in the music channels. Actually it was the video which was the most talked about thing than the song itself because the entire song video was shot under water and it was a differently attempt. It happens so in the music industry that even a beautiful and different song needs a well-made video sell it out in the market for masses. Their first album Boondein was a huge hit and the song Dooba Dooba won so many awards within India. Even though their music was categorized into Indi-Pop, it certainly stood different from run-off-the-mill indi-pop songs and belonged to a more folk-rock category.

Their first album Boondein which has the song Dooba Dooba was released in 1997 and the band released it's second album Pehchaan in 2000, but then it was a long silence. Then the news came out that the band has formally dissolved. Being a big fan of Silk Route's music and lead singer Mohit Chauhan's voice, it was a huge dissapoint to me. I thought this band could lead the popular Indian music (other than the filmy or classical music) to a higher level. Later on the lead singer Mohit rendered vocals in some Hindi films and all were a treat to listen to.

Here is my attempt in singing the all-time hit of Silk Route - Dooba Dooba.

Song: Dooba Dooba
Music/Band: Silk Route
Lead and backing vocals: Jo

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