By Allan Jacob
Thanks to a musical diversion this week, my plan to let off some steam against politicians must wait for another occasion. Their antics have enraged me. I am not in the mood for it. Not this time, not on the weekend. I must heal first.
Continue reading A Kenny Rogers hit helped me find harmony at work
By Keith Pereña
I may have not grown up in an era when the Beatles reigned supreme, but even then, when I read about (and watched on YouTube) Sir Paul McCartney’s recent performance in Chile, it left me in awe! Though the Beatles icon has ditched his dye to show off his silver locks, he looked much more younger than his 76 years, and as he took to stage for an energetic performance that belied his age, he had fans – young and old – screaming and eating out of his hand as he belted out hit after hit. This proved one thing, that the legend may be old but he is surely not out. He’s a pop rock power that’s hard to ignore – even by the millennials.
Continue reading Thank you for all the music, Sir Paul
By Keith Pereña
On January 30, 1969, Londoners enjoying their lunch breaks received the surprise of their lives when music blared from one of the rooftops in the area. The sound emanated from the rooftop of #3 Savile Row, and that sound was none other than the Beatles.
Continue reading Don’t Let Me Down, four fiddlers sang for the world
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’?