Category Archives: Music

Great music can go a long way in elevating even a silly film

By Sushmita Bose

I used to have a slight problem with Hollywood musicals. Unlike Bollywood, where song-and-dance routines are set-pieces (specially designed and, most times, inserted as a side show with no real thread, unless they are playing in the background), American films which claim to be musicals have actors suddenly breaking into a song, impromptu, in an otherwise perfectly “regular” sequence. Continue reading Great music can go a long way in elevating even a silly film

Was an iconic Michael Jackson cover in 1971 ‘off the mark’?

By Sushmita Bose

Michael Jackson would have turned 60 this month. On 29 August. If you’ve seen WKND magazine today, there’s a story on an exhibition encapsulating the “eternal Peter Pan” phenomenon and what he stood (and sang) for… and how perhaps he wouldn’t have liked stepping into ‘senior citizen’ territory.

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What’s this Kiki song people are jumping out of cars for?

By Nivriti Butalia

Recently, someone filmed a rhinoceros walking in a park, and set it to the beat of Canadian rapper Drake’s song, In My Feelings. There was also a zebra in the footage. Both rhino and zebra are filmed through a car door. Car doors  have fast turned indispensible for anyone accepting the #InMyFeelingsChallenge.

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How a song portrays the divided states of America

By Keith Pereña

Just last week, three shootings occurred in the United States. Even before the latest atrocities, I had begun to wonder why America — the country I was told was a land of progress and peace — had turned into the Wild West. Growing up in one of the many countries that the US governed back in time, Filipino culture always put America up on a pedestal. Yet there it was, another dot in their population deciding to shoot down other dots.

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How an iconic guitar company went broke

By Keith Pereña

From an early age, I took comfort in both the discordant, wailing sounds of an electric guitar and the sound of an acoustic, akin to the sounds of angels. Even now, whenever an iconic riff comes up on my music player — say, AC/DC’s Back in Black — I imitate Angus Young as he held his Gibson SG and played the introduction to the song. This interest in ‘air guitaring’ culminated in one video gaming fad during the early 2000’s: Guitar Hero.

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Songs of grandpa’s vintage are great. But new numbers…

By Keith Pereña

Let me begin by using a cliché most travel writers use — a journey without a smartphone. While I was in the Philippines recently on vacation, I had to, by default, do without my phone. In the excitement of going home for my brother Charles’s graduation, and seeing everyone I love, I forgot to back up my phone. Charles had to hand his phone down to me. So while I did technically have a new phone, it was without apps, and most importantly — without my music.

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