Wednesday, April 9, 2008

How many times..

I boarded the flight for Mumbai on April 7th to record a song for a new film. Reached Mumbai and headed straight to 'Flavours', the best dolby mixing theatre (studio) in India. Our sound designers Jojo and Potla were already here with Leslie , the studio owner and mixing engineer. My father was outside the theatre, in the sitting room reading out the script of his new film to an actor. I went in and sat quietly. Dad read enthusiastically with his usual Woody Allen-ish hand movements. I lit a smoke. A cellphone rang suddenly. Dad picked it up and spoke. After a few seconds of silence,he said "tai naki!! WOW!...kobe? ...SURE...ami neel ke bole raakchhi..kolkataye pouchhe lets fix it." He disconnected the line and passed on the news. Bob Dylan has made music history by becoming the first rock musician to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Dylan has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.
Trust the Great India's funny how the Kolkata dailies haven't yet made it news. I came back to the city this afternoon and most of my friends were unaware of the fact. How could the reputed dailies of Calcutta, those that normally don't miss out on pointless, hackneyed discussions on the 'great man' in bookstores and cha bars,miss out on this one?
Dylan's Pulitzer is a special citation. His award marks the first Pulitzer given to a rock musician.However Previous recipients of the music award include the legendary composer George Gershwin and the Jazz Legend John Coltrane.
The 66-year-old legend said he was "in disbelief".
Prize administrator Sig Gissler said: "This award reflects the efforts of the Pulitzer board to broaden the scope of the music prize, and encompass the full range of excellence in American music. It also recognises Mr Dylan's lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power."
So come gather round reporters, journos and editors... How many times will you turn your head and pretend that you just didn't see?

Thursday, April 3, 2008's only evening and I feel so tired. Tired of the midday heat..dry, arid. Thoughts of May brings jitters. The hot air is getting unbearable. However it turned cool a while back with the coming of Baishaki- O crazy wind...lolz.
Rehersal went off pretty well. Father's leaving for Mumbai tommorrow for the last lap of 'Chalo Let's Go'. The entire team incluing Jojo and Potla are already out there working on the final dolby mix. They will all be back on the 18th of this month with the first print of the film. Work on Chowrasta has also started on the side. The crew leaves for Darjeeling on the 26th of April.
The song is coming out pretty well. Amyt'da's guitar will once again sweep the listers off their feet...amazing dorian licks!
Will go out for dinner tonite. Will lie down for a while and contemplate. Sudden streaks of lighning can be seen on the evening sky...atlast It's raining!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Morning melts in midday heat
Time moves on tired feet
The sky is quiet and clear
I wish you were here

Lazy wind on a nameless tree
Coming down and touching me
Just to dissapear
I wish you were here

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

ummme Chowrasta!

Today was kinda zippy. Had to meet boo. She's all set to sit for her 1st University exam. She's leaving tommorrow. Won't be able to meet her tommorrow. Am starting recording the soundtrack for my 7th feature film. This one's tentitively called 'Chowrasta, with love'. Chowrasta- Mall- Darjeeling. It's just got one song so it's the most difficult work. Can't fall back on any other song. Just one song and it HAS to work well with the listeners. It's an english language film- Indo-English. My guitar guru Amyt'da is gonna play on my track tommorrow. Kunal will be singing it. He's always a great guy to work with. perfect pitching and a very open voice. Lyrics are still being worked on by Vibha, a friend in Mumbai. Wait till you guys hear it!