DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE’S A TUNNEL UNDER OCEAN BOULEVARD? by LANA DEL REY.
The ever-consummate artist brings her favoured piano notes, world-conquering melody to us through this latest song.
Sometimes, an artist is so consistent and her motif so characteristic of purity of the soul that we run out of words to describe each song-cycle she gives identity to. Lana is one such artist, making minimalism and the elemental quality of her voice her enduring traits. DID YOU KNOW……. further gives us proof about her living legend status, unraveling with the potential and bonds that lie underneath our mounds of layers as we navigate life in its constant churns. The tunnel is not just ‘tunnel vision’ per se but a more lucid exploration of the manner in which we can be nurtured so that we don’t have to wait for ‘my turn’ and be utterly singular in our pursuits of artistic truth, in a world sold to the devils of avarice and easy fame.
It’s beautiful, bountiful in its universality of lyrics. What is heartening to me is that she continues to make music that reaches for the constancy of melody and purity, proving all cynics wrong who feel that success can only come now by some sort of ideological compromise.
She is the poster-child of that oft-maligned and misunderstood word- AUTHENTICITY. This song is a new lodestar. Our lodestar before a new year comes into view.
LOVESONG & PICTURES OF YOU by THE CURE.
My love for THE CURE’s discography remains strong and steadfast. The ease of the guitars, the unpretentious simplicity of the vocals, touched by no technical adornments, and an instant appeal for the listener’s ears mark their trademark sound on PICTURES OF YOU and LOVESONG ( the latter has been covered by Adele on her landmark 21)
Listen to them with the complementary benefit of the band’s excellent live performances of LOVESONG, BOYS DON’T CRY and JUST LIKE HEAVEN at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame where it was inducted. You’ll come to cement the members’ legendary status by how effortlessly they rule the crowd, by just singing and being a committed musical unit. Vocalist Robert Smith makes it au natural.
BRANDI CARLILE’S EVER-TRIUMPHANT PERFORMATIVE APTITUDE.
Brandi Carlile has remade herself as a bonafide musical powerhouse, who like Lana Del Rey, Adele, Maren Morris and few select names, delivers with her powers of songcraft, always stirring lyrics and authenticity of being.
They say, a good heart and commitment to one’s vocation doesn’t ever go unrewarded. Ms. Carlile has all those profound qualities that make her an artist before a star get amply highlighted on her recent live arc on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, often hailed as the holy grail to test one’s abilities in front of audiences. YOU AND ME ON THE ROCK featuring the soothing harmonies by LUCIUS and her classic THE STORY ruled our hearts, giving these singles more deserving ascent in popular culture.
For more live perfection from her and the band, watch her completely own every note on RIGHT ON TIME at Grammys 2022 or her SNL set with that latest cut and the roaring and flawless BROKEN HORSES ( the latter has scored nods in the Rock Category at the Grammys, 2023 while her album IN THESE SILENT DAYS and its corpus is spread out over Americana, Pop, Album berths).
Here’s to her thriving with her judiciously nurtured gifts.
JONI MITCHELL’S HISTORIC RETURN TO THE WORLD STAGE WITH LIVE RENDITIONS OF CLASSICS.
With a little help from friends, one can challenge mortal coils, the hard shell of artistic hiatus and heal physical limitations.
This is at the very heart of 2022’s greatest pop-culture miracle, in my estimation. Yes, it’s that moment where one of the greats, Joni Mitchell, took her stage at Newport Folk Festival after nearly fifty years and sang her eternal classics BOTH SIDES NOW, BIG YELLOW TAXI while also harnessing the guitar to give fans of multiple generations memories to cherish and preserve.
Buoyed by her good friend Brandi Carlile, Marcus Mumford and others, this is the return of the native to her original domicile- the world stage which makes her a lodestar for the ages.
For another instance of camaraderie and reminiscence, watch her Apple Music interview with none other than Sir Elton John.
MASHA’S THEME from ANNA KARENINA.
Tanishtha Chatterjee’s performative excellence is spread out over her national and international repertoire.
Her vocal skills on the Bengali lullaby MASHA’S THEME from ANNA KARENINA is another integral part of her legacy. As I belong to a Bengali heritage myself, the mother’s love for her child captured in this minute and a half capsule is heartwarming.