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The singing sensation, The ultimate bathroom singing list & The band…

The singing sensation…

Sometime in the very hectic last two weeks, I did something I haven’t done for ages…sing out aloud!

Music is a big part of my life, like it is for any normal person and for a brief phase of my life, singing away to glory was a potential career option. I sang at every opportunity in school, trained myself in music and did all that jazz (pun intended!). That was before the damned disease that plagues teenage boys struck and my voice cracked and crashed my life. After that phase I could never cross a certain high-pitched note to my satisfaction. And yes, I am self-critical and obsessive, and like to do something in an excellent way or not do it at all.

For completely different reasons, that was when my dream of being a cricketer was also done and dusted with, so I had to figure out what to do in life :)

Thankfully, I did okay in my career so livelihood was taken care of. But I have never sung with others around after that. I mean, if I am with a few good friends who can tolerate me, I do break into a song, but it is otherwise restricted to the bathroom (looking at the mirror proudly after that!), or with my headphone on when am alone at home. And yeah there are times when I can’t hit a high note (like when I want to sing Hey Ajnabi from Dil Se, for example), and I curse myself for that.

But this time around, my friend Silja and her sister were keen on doing Karaoke with some funky system they have at home. She has this pretty cool contraption, which plays the lyrics as you sing along so you don’t make a fool of yourself with the words. And that is very important for me, because I have always had an ear for notes and tones, but not lyrics.

Filtering through the few English songs she had that I knew, I realized how out of sync I am with most artists, songs, and bands. And so I kept saying “Next song please”, for every song I could have done a karaoke for, till they got impatient.

I finally saw the words PINK FLOYD and I sprung to life. Bloody hell, I could sing most Floyd songs that have some vocals in them! (Or so I thought!)

And so for the next few hours I broke into a wonderful musical journey till it was so late, that the peace loving swiss neighbors would have called the police! I can tell you I haven’t had so much fun in ages, and at some stage it didn’t matter if I mixed the words, even with a neat display on the screen. We all had a huge laugh riot about it….

I’ll leave you with a bunch of songs in Hindi, Thamizh, and English, that have come out in the recent years, which I find most suitable for humming along. This is not my favorite songs per se, just songs on my mind from recent memory.There is something about them that is haunting and makes me sing along, and you would enjoy it even if you can’t understand the language…music is without any barriers!

My ultimate bathroom singing list:

1. Tum ho toh, Rock on:

2. Pehli baar mohabat ki hai, Kaminey:

3. Aaogi jab tum saajna, Jab we met:

4. Kangal Irandal, Subramaniapuram:

5.  Strawberry swing, Coldplay:  

6. Fix you, Coldplay:

7. City of blinding lights, U2:

The band…

A bunch of my expat friends have decided to start a band. I was hanging out with Mark, James and Daniela (James’s wife) at Cargo Bar (where else?) the other day. James said he wants to start a band, but he knows s**t about music. Mark nodded in agreement and then they decided they have enough in common to start a band. (Actually those gentlemen know a bloody lot; James has the most mind-blowing music collection I have ever seen in anybody’s house, and Mark can name more than half the tracks. I was the only one who was speaking the truth when I said, I know s**t about music).

Daniela was immediately appointed the manager of the band, and I felt so out-of-place as I had no role in the band. As the evening wore on, and the basic rules of the band were laid out, I decided I have to have a role in the band. No, it is not that of lead singer, and I am very thankful I avoided that temptation.

I am going to be the official recorder of the band’s story. After 20 years when they become famous I am going to make a hell of money publishing my diaries. And after 30 years when they split up, I am going to write about why they split up and make even more. As an excellent blogger/  writer (!), and an eye-witness to the historic night by the Rhine when the band was formed, I have earned my job.

I’ll keep you guys updated on how the band progresses, starting with when we decide to have a name :)

Cheers!

Vasu

P.S: If you liked this post, you may also reading: http://vasusworld.wordpress.com/2009/11/15/friends-jazz-rain-bombay/

13 Comments Post a comment
  1. You have a nice style of writing….now I need to go through your other posts too….

    reminds of the time when the “samgeetam” teacher who was meant to home school in the art of carnatic singing fled the city by the end of my third class, no one knew where she went for months :D

    Now that’s call Impactful Singing, I say! :D

    May 2, 2010
  2. Thanks Ad-it-i (Whattay name!)
    I guess all my blog readers are discovering the bathroom singers in them now :)
    May be we should have a bathroom singathon…everyone will be given a shower, soap, towel and Karaoke set that is waterproof and you can sing along
    I get such silly ideas quite often on Friday afternoons :)
    Cheers!
    Vasu

    April 30, 2010
  3. That was a fantastic read..!!! I loved your post vasu…and well the bathroom thingy and career in singing… even i had dreamt of one.. but .. ohk forget it!!! Even i do let loose myself at times and sing and hum along songs of my choice in my way and in my pitch… but surprisingly my folks stil think i am good singer!!! :P About the band…all the very best… let the royalities reach you and make you amazingly rich!! keep posting about the band’s progress

    April 30, 2010
  4. Fantastic blog. I am so glad to have come upon it! :-) I really loved your song list here. Wish I could just copy and paste your post into our own blog. Keep the joy coming!

    April 29, 2010
  5. Thanks Lakshmi…perhaps you could do my interview, or allow me to write a guest blog on GingerChai, purely based on speculation that I would become a celeb dome day :)

    Cheers!
    Vasu

    April 27, 2010
  6. I am a glorious bathroom singer too !!! :D but neighbour’s nightmare, owner’s joy :P

    Wow! So in another 20 years :P you are going to be minting money, making TV appearances, mobbed by channels for one atleast one word that comes to you that can make a breaking news about the band ;) Good luck ! :D And ya, I will fix an appointment now only for an interview in GingerChai :P

    April 27, 2010
  7. Thanks Karan…you know EGGJACTLY how it feels :)

    Cheers!
    Vasu

    April 26, 2010
  8. Hey nice post!
    I am also a bathroom singer! You are the singer, you are listner! Everyday atleast for a moment while singing you say yourself, ” Not bad! Even I can sing!” lol

    Looking forward to read about the band… ;)

    April 26, 2010
  9. Well Purba that happens with a lot of great singers like us :) S.P Balasubramanian mentioned in a show that he can’t sing any song in d world if he does not have a shet with the lyrics in front if him, so we are in good company :)

    Cheers!
    Vasu

    April 25, 2010
  10. I suffer from the same syndrome..Can’t remember the lyrics for the life in in me. My daughter keep reprimanding me all the time!

    Looking forward to reading about your band’s chronicles.

    April 25, 2010
  11. Merci Beaucoup Prety woman! Of the lot, I seem to be singing “Pehli Baar Mohabbat Ki Hai” at full blast from my bathroom, and the walls are so thin, I am pretty sure my neighbours can hear me. One of these days, i am going to make a Swiss family sing a hindi song or kick me out :)

    Cheers!
    Vasu

    April 25, 2010
  12. LOL! Enjoyed reading this post…most of the songs are my fav. too :)

    April 24, 2010

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