Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Inspired Music

I was recently listening to a piece of music in a cab and was initially smiling to myself as the tune was the familiar violin piece at the beginning of "The Fiddler on the Roof." My initial reaction soon turned to rage when the song morphed into some disgusting dance music with beats. Turned out it was from a Telugu movie named "Jayam." This is no isolated instance.

Enough movies these days flick shamelessly from original (classical or otherwise) compositions.
Almost none has been lacking in the "inspiration quotient."

And there are those, who just embed it in arbitrary contexts with no heed to appropriateness, the issue of copyright being ignored for a second, to highlight the decadence in music composition.

I have heard some Tamil song recently with an evidently Spanish theme all through. Whither the original talented composers?

With the trend in movies being remade in the other 2 or 3 South Indian languages, after its been made in one (usually Malayalam), there's no shortage of songs sounding the same in 4 languages.
How I long to hear music from people like Illayaraja. The issue of originality is an endless debate. Guess one may have to end up listening to nature and then one may never know if one songbird is copying another!

I wish people could atleast license it from the owners, use it and hopefully with some taste.

Right now, its like making a photocopy of the Mona Lisa and hanging it on your Loo (vre!)


Blogger anantha said...

Dude... Chk this out man...Dunno if this is news to you or not, but its interesting.


This album was nominated for 4 Grammys (winning one, finally) this year. One particular song in this list, Elephunk Theme, never made it into the actual album. Listen to it! Its song 11 on the page...

2/25/2005 9:02 AM  
Blogger Sivani said...

My life in India was continually punctuated by trying to explain to baffled people around me that the song currently playing is based on a Western song. I was usually met by uncomprehending stares or sometimes even hostility that I dare say anything about beloved filmi songs.

No matter that I sang Strangers in the Night, or Take that Look Off Your Face or whatever...

Not that that's a peculiarly Indian trait - people the world over think that they know what they know, and feel threatened when contrary evidence is produced.

2/25/2005 9:26 AM  
Blogger Sivani said...

You seem to be pervasive - I've just posted a comment on Megha's site (Pyaar ke mod pe) related to this topic.

Delicate spider threads weaving us all into an intricate web.

2/26/2005 7:10 AM  

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