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Tuesday January 18, 2011 09:18

Using music as an incentive, for children!

Last evening, I was trying to get my 7 year old son for his evening bath. Like most 7 year olds, his priorities were elsewhere – on his Nerf gun…on the paper planes he has made…basically on everything else besides a bawling dad who wants him for a bath. Most parents have options in such […]

I was very surprised when I got that mail…and subsequently, a call – from one of the leading music composers down South (no names – I got permission from him to quote our conversation and assured him that I will not reveal his identity!). He was reasonably offended that his songs did not top the […]

Wednesday December 29, 2010 19:30

What do you think?

Before I add it under any category in ItwoFS, let me not add ANY context and merely post this here. What do you think? Let me know…in the comments. Hat tip: Vaibhav Vishal

Wednesday November 10, 2010 16:51

Nokia Ovi Music Shorties – shortchanging composers?

I noticed a news item about Nokia Ovi Music’s new ‘invention’ – 90 second version of songs! It is called ‘Shorties‘! When iTunes is considering increasing the preview duration from 30 seconds to 90 seconds, here we have Nokia Ovi selling edited, 90 second versions of longer songs! When I tweeted about it, many responses […]

This is the print ad (in Dinakaran – Tamil daily – dated, October 1, 2010) for Ram Gopal Varma’s Ratha Sarithram (Tamil version of the Hindi film starring Surya and Vivek Oberoi). And it is plain disgusting – it says, ‘Music available now’ and has, in fine print, just the name of the guy scoring […]

Monday September 27, 2010 18:33

Coke Studio in India? A wish-list!

Supriya Nair’s piece on Coke Studio, in OPEN magazine is l-o-n-g overdue! While it explains beautifully about what makes the show and its music unique, what it leaves is for me to opine and ponder. Here goes! If we (as Indians) are left wondering about the future of non-film music in India, I see the […]

Saturday September 25, 2010 09:17

The Return of The CommonWealth Games Theme song!

Nice return, that is. The last time I was complaining and asking if Rahman was given a brief. It looks like the entire country (VK Malhotra, Aadesh Shrivastava and mainstream Indian media, in particular) has given the brief, in the form of feedback, based on the draft version released earlier!

Tuesday August 3, 2010 10:55

Mark my words, it is going to be a super-hit!

One of the often-cited logic to counter a negative review of mine is, ‘Mark my words, it is going to be a super hit’…or its variants. Now, let us deconstruct that logic. Film makers often use a tactic in the first week to promote their films – they advertise that their film is a super […]

Saturday July 17, 2010 17:18

Milliblog completes 5 years!

Assorted trivia, in no particular order! 1. The first review on Milliblog was of A R Rahman’s Ah Aah (Tamil), posted on July 22, 2005. But, it was on July 17, 2005 that I first decided to start Milliblog! 2. In 5 years, number of soundtracks reviewed includes, Hindi – 345, Tamil – 293, Telugu […]

As one Milliblog loyalist (Yaju Arya) so thoughtfully noted in Aisha’s review, it looks like Amit Trivedi is the only composer who has got maximum 200 word review from me! Yaju also traced…or recalled a comment from me about how I felt, way back in February 2008, that Amit is a talent to look out […]

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