Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Aarum adhu

Some songs take time to grow over you. Some hit you immediately. This is one of the latter variety. You don’t remember the movie much, all you remember is that you went to see it in the morning, the 10 o’clock show. Most of them leave you with a mild headache and slight irritation that has no particular reason. But it’s a Sunday and you can sleep it off after a heavy lunch. When the song comes on, from the very first bar, the chorus humming, it makes you sit up and listen. The almost unchanging beat through the song, the bitter sweet shehnai, the bass line that surfaces almost unnoticed, the haunting quality of the voice, you take in everything. When you leave the cinema, you notice a lot of them humming this song. It will be one of your favourites for a long time to come.

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