By Juidin Bernarrd
A tribute to Balabhaskar, the violin virtuoso who passed away in a car crash, can be emotional with strains of his music lingering in my ears. How can I write a mere tribute through my angst and welling tears when the master violinist and a dear friend lives on through his music? This piece is a celebration of his life and work that inspires millions all over the world.
Continue reading Balu’s violin gently weeps as he takes a final bow
By Sanjay Modak
August 30 marked fifty years that the greatest band in popular music history played their arguably most popular song to a live audience of millions on the David Frost show. Hey Jude, is possibly the song most associated today with the Beatles, although to people who lived through the sixties and seventies, the range and depth of the music created by these four musicians from Liverpool was so vast that a ‘favourite’ or ‘best’ song is hard to determine or agree upon.
Continue reading Hey Jude — it’s been 50 years of that Beatles anthem
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
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.
Continue reading Was an iconic Michael Jackson cover in 1971 ‘off the mark’?
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.
Continue reading What’s this Kiki song people are jumping out of cars for?
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.
Continue reading How a song portrays the divided states of America
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.
Continue reading How an iconic guitar company went broke