Saturday, August 14, 2021

Nearest Neighbor – Female solo and guitar

As I mentioned in the previous post, Raja tends to use Janaki’s voice as an orchestral element in his compositions. While flute is an unlikely neighbor, as its tone is pretty close to a female voice, for some reason, female voices also have never been used alongside electric guitar in Indian film music. As always, he is the first to try this combination and it turns out to be a great one. It is hard to play Indian melodies with electric guitar, but today with the accessories, it has got easier.  Both these clips are with Janaki’s voice and the electric guitar in this post.

The first 18 seconds in the clip is from the song, ‘Vaa Vennila’ from the film, ‘Mella thirandhadhu kadhavu (Tamil 1986)’. The Janaki humming is played by the guitar in response initially, and later by the synthesizer playing guitar tones. From 20 seconds onwards, is from the song ‘Poomaalai Oru Paavai’ from ‘Thanga Magan (Tamil 1983)’. Throughout this clip,  the guitar plays the melody first and Janaki hums it back. A very nice marriage of unlikely neighbor that only Raja colonizes!

Let’s hear these Nearest Neighbors – Female solo and guitar … 

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Blog trivia

If you are visiting this site for the first time, it is important to read this post. The intention of this blog is to present arguments in a pre-determined sequence. OLDER posts are actually NEWER posts within a month. As I keep adding new posts I change the time stamp to an earlier time so that you can read the posts in sequence. If you notice, all the posts within a month have the same date. Only the time stamp varies. Newer posts have earlier time to help you read in sequence.

If this site interests you and you want to read the earlier months (I would recommend starting from month 1 before reading month 2) start from the earliest month. I have ensured that within a month the posts are sequenced properly.

YT Notes

The Raja team is taking down YouTube sites on copyright infringement grounds. Some of the YT videos may not be viewable as a result. Let's wait for the dust to settle down.

For those who read this blog regularly, please treat this as a little nuisance and continue reading.


Ravi Natarajan