The monsoon season has finally started in India (Thank God!!!) So, along with using our Umbrellas (which also doubled up as our Sun protectors in Summer), raincoats, wearing the shoes reserved for ‘Only’ rainy season as per Amma’s strict orders, enjoying the weather by having roasted corn at the roadside stalls, sipping Masala Chai & just enjoying the freshly laundered look of our surroundings, relishing Onion pakodas on a rainy Sunday afternoon or if you are in Mumbai then rowing your boat to work, I am sure that all of us have that ‘Monsoon Playlist’ that resurfaces as soon as the Monsoon sets in, because hey, the world looks much more beautiful when you have beautiful music to accompany you!
So listed below are some of the songs from my ‘Monsoon Playlist’…
1. DHEEME DHEEME
Music- A.R. RAHMAN
Singer- KAVITA KRISHNAMURTHY
This has to be one of the most Underrated songs of ARR. And though this wasn’t picturized against the backdrop of rain, I still want to include this song in my ‘Monsoon Playlist’ for the serenity that it brings to a listener just like the Monsoon brings to a farmer with its first visit.
Kavitaji is in top form throughout the song. She has made the singing part look so easy when it clearly isn’t, a mark of a great singer! Listening to this song is like gently going up & down with the waves of the Sea in your boat & when the rain comes, you don’t mind getting drenched in it.
The flutist especially has done a fab job throughout the song. My favourite part of the song comes almost at the end, from 4:22 Kavitaji is singing accompanied by just the basic beats & then suddenly at 4:34 the background singers & the Orchestra come into play as if they were patiently listening to what she was saying & unable to control their excitement anymore joined her. And her rendition of ‘Aankhon main taare…’ from 4:52 with female background singers humming alongside her is pure bliss!!!
This is one song that you are gonna love more & more with each listen.
2. HUM TUM
Singers- BABUL SUPRIYO, ALKA YAGNIK
Movie- HUM TUM
This is a simple yet a beautiful, melodious song. Both the singers- Babul & Alka’s voices compliment each other like Vanilla ice cream & Chocolate cake!!!
If you are sitting in your balcony sipping a hot cup of coffee & gazing at the pouring rain missing your loved one, this is the song that you could listen to which would slightly soothe that ache. (Well, there are no restrictions to listen to this song at other times too)
3. WHISKEY LULLABY
Composers- BILL ANDERSON & JON RANDALL
Singers- BRAD PAISLEY, ALISON KRAUSS
Album- MUD ON THE TIRES
The 1st half of the song is sung by Brad with Alison joining him in the chorus part. He sings about a man betrayed by the woman he loved & how that man takes refuge in drinking to finally commit suicide one day.
The 2nd half of the song is sung by one of my favourite singers- Alison. There’s a line in the song ‘….Angels sang a Whiskey Lullaby’, for me that Angel is Alison here. Every coin has 2 sides, so does the story in this song. Alison sings about the woman who after betraying her loved one takes to drinking excessively to numb her guilt & pain. And when that doesn’t help she too commits suicide.
Now, I know that the story is just so sad, but the song is BEAUTIFUL!! Vocals are accompanied by just a gorgeous Guitar for most parts of the song, yet this minimal arrangement creates a lasting impression on you.
The rain has just stopped & if you are thinking about slow dancing with your partner to a beautiful song & just enjoying the cool weather, then this is your go-to song.
4. DEKHO NA
Singers- SONU NIGAM, SUNIDHI CHAUHAN
Whether it’s the way Sonu Nigam has sung this song so playfully or the way Sunidhi has shown one more facet of her singing or whether it’s the beautiful flute & the Sitar interludes…this song just wins over every listener’s hearts. And as the song ends, your immediate thought would be ‘Where’s the Repeat button? let me hit that first’.
5. BARSO RE
Music- A.R. RAHMAN
Singer- SHREYA GHOSHAL, UDHAI MAZUMDAR
Monsoons aren’t reserved for us to just gaze at the rain & enjoy some melodious songs. It also warrants you to go out when it’s raining & dance in gay abandon. Of course, you are gonna get scoldings from your mother later & if you get drenched for too long you are bound to get cough & cold, but hey, it’s ok to dance in the rain every once in a while.
And yes, before going out do hit the play button for ‘Barso re’ in your phone as life is not a movie where as soon as you start dancing, Universe will play the song for you!!
It’s been more than 10 years now since I first heard this song, but even now I am discovering new instruments being played in the background, such is the sheer brilliance of ARR! And as I was writing this blog in Nepal, the cleaning staff who heard this song being played on my phone, told me that their children performed to this very song just last year & how everyone love this song in Nepal, wow!!!
Also, the flute part that accompanies Shreya (in fab form here) as she sings ‘Kaali kaali raate…’ is also used as a bgm in the movie & is just so beautiful. I have shared that flute part here too in case you are interested.
And so, this completes part 1 of my ‘Monsoon Playlist’. Would love to share with you all the rest of my Playlist too. Till then, be safe this Monsoon season & happy listening.