After 500 years Canadian band The Beaches set free Shakespeare’s Desdemona

Rock and Roll of 70s reminds us the freedom of expression and the new beginning of life along with ting of urbanization. Tens and thousands of song written and made human emotions immortal. We find these songs even relevant today.

Canada has always received this Rock and Roll with open heart. Recently a girl band ‘The Beaches’ won Juno award for breakthrough group of the year in 2018 and gave two Billboard No. 1 hits. It is the success of their first album. Jordan and Kylie Miller, Leandra Earl and Eliza Enman-McDaniel who became the prominent rock musicians. They released their 1st EP in 2013.

Sugary pop vocals offers them edge. They have extensively toured Europe pandemic. It is a lockdown period when whole world is stuck, let’s listen their songs to find the stress of 70s. ‘The Story of My Life’ is a crooning song which reminds us Avril Lavin and Alanis Morrison. Their new EP ‘The Professional’ upbeat and stylish music make the numbers more appealing. “Desdemona,” “Want What You Got,” and “Lame” are groovier. “Snake Tongue,” become an anthem for ladies.

The modern day similes makes us follow songs. The excessive use pentameter and alliteration makes them more hard hitting.

Universal music has brought us the rock and roll back once again. Let’s check their songs. I believe if you are a rock and roll music admirer you will not be disappointed. Do give me your feedback. I value your opinion.

Desdemona Shakespearean character from Othello broke all the shakles through the songs by The Beaches. I appreciate the synthesis of literature and contemporary imagery expressed through music. It is intoxicating.

Summer of 69

Brian Adams released this song on 17th June 1985. It is been 35 years, even today when we listen this song it brings back all mojo. Brian Adams and his partner Jim Vallance wrote this song. Let’s take this song for discussion today.

Brian Adams aptly mentions a dilemma of making a music band and making fortune. A typical phase which everyone experience when one leaves college and enters profession. It is surprising to note, it took ten years for this song to be popular in Europe. The song was released in 1985 it became so popular that even in India many Rock bands perform it as a ritual. In all college annual day celebration this song is sang and reciprocated as a phase of life. Later it turns into a metaphor of time. What a beauty of music. We grew up listening songs and music but there are very few number with whom we life our life.

Brian Adams is an Iconic singer, sold more than 100 million records. Brian Adams uses his chest voice. Rock singers normally use head voice but Brian Adams offer full throttle. Truly reign the territory of G4 – C5. 

Brian Adams has adopted many new experiments into his lyrics, singing and rhythm. Let’s discuss it in next article. Do let me know your bite on Brian Adams.

Do What You Can

When all world was stand still, Covid cases were rising, no medicine in sight. All business were closed. People were frightened and praying in siting in home. It is Jon Bon Jovi who put the hope among us to come out of this difficult time. It is his words who started the song and then he asked millions among us to build the lyrics for this song. There are several version of this songs. He selected few lyrics and sang with us.

Tonight, they’re shutting down the borders
And they boarded up the schools
Small towns are rolling up their sidewalks
One last paycheck coming through.
I know you’re feeling kind of nervous
We’re all a little bit confused
Nothing’s the same, this ain’t a game
We gotta make it through

I am sure, you also must have wrote something for this song. Do share it in reply.

I follow Jon Bon Jovi since his 1st album ‘Bon Jovi’. It is one of the rarest album. India got globalized and his latest album Keep the Faith (1992) took Indian youths to shout. He became more popular with the advent of Mtv and Channel V launch in India. It was a cassette era, we use to wait for the cassette as they were sold at very few places in town. These Days (1995). An album with full of nostalgia. Soon the things changed and world became more fast.

Bon Jovi band split for some time. This is a particular time when everyone was expecting anything. Bon Jovi formed his band with different members and launched a complete different lyrics and music for an album Destination Anywhere (1997) it is one of the less talked album, I will discuss it some other article. There come the issues of Y2K and we approached new millennium, suddenly the thinking pattern and business equations changed.  Bon Jovi got united and launched this studio album Crush (2000) now the music in this album is completed changed but lyrics were groovy and rhythm was punchy. They hit the Billboards once again. Bounce (2002) went unnoticed in India when it had many motivating numbers. It is a particular time when mobile telephone with Mp3 and Radio facility was introduced into handset. Have a Nice Day (2005) a more punchy and popular music by Bon Jovi. Music lovers appreciated Bon Jovi for his innovative lyrics and music. Bon Jovi reign the world of Rock n Roll and Popular Music for almost now for 3 decades. Lost Highway (2007), The Circle (2009), The Circle (2009), What About Now (2013) who had poetic lyrics and heart rending music were lost in the transition period of technology. This is how Bon Jovi gave a big bang Burning Bridges (2015). Later This House Is Not for Sale (2016) with Island Records sans Richie Sambora gave some memorable music and then his latest album in last year with a song Do What You Can. It seems to be a promising but I have not listened to it. I find a perfect balance of life into Bon Jovi music. It is sad to listen Bon Jovi without Richie Sambora. But, hey the new members are awesome. You also must be having some memory with Bon Jovi do share it with me.

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Kenny Rogers

On a warm summer’s evening
On a train bound for nowhere
I met up with the gambler
We were both too tired to sleep
So we took turns a-starin’
Out the window at the darkness

This song was recorded in the voice of Kenny Rogers and it was written by Don Schlitz. November 1978 hit casted a spell on the generations. This song of late 70s was written as a country song. It soon became parable of 70s. A character Brady Hawkes a fictional old west gambler was created out of the song and Films for American TV were made. The Gambler 1980,  The Gambler: The Adventure Continues (1983),  The Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues (1987), 3.4The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (1991), 3.5Gambler V: Playing for Keeps (1994). Later some book also were wrote. Kenny Rogers who helped three generations to grow and prosper over 50 years left us in Corona Pandemic last year. Alas, for all fans,  all five of the Gambler films starring Kenny Rogers are being released in one DVD collection—Kenny Rogers:  The Gambler.  This 6-film box set (featuring the movie Coward of the County as a bonus) is essential for Kenny Rogers’s fans.

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Life’s a Pitch

Book by Roger Mavity and Stephen Bayley

A sunny afternoon, usual crowd strolling at the corridor, suddenly a black limousine stops and shofar runs to open the door. A door open and a well-dressed man comes out and suddenly two more men accompany him. He starts walking and goes through the glass door. It is a regular scene at Taj Mumbai. Millions of people dream for this life. It is a dream of many aspirants. Last week, I got one book, Life is a Pitch. This book is written by two successful business men.

Roger Mavity who is a Writer and Photographer, he founded his own advertising agency, Mavity Gilmore Jaume, in 1981. After ten successful years, he sold the business and became Chief Executive of Granada Group’s leisure division. There he led the pitch for the company’s takeover of the Forte Group then with many landmarks in his life he came up with this book. Since 2013 he do writing and photography. He is known for his artwork and it is his first book, ‘Life’s a Pitch’,

Another writer of this book, Stephen Bayley considered as think tank in Britain”, he graduated from Universities of Manchester and Liverpool, he taught at the University of Kent He is a an Honorary Fellow of The RIBA, a Trustee of The Royal Fine Arts Commission Trust and a Fellow of The University of Wales. Today he is one of the leading product designer.

This is a life book which is written by two eminent personalities by putting their own experience, knowledge and observations. As a reader you will be thrilled with many anecdotes, quotes or snippets.

Pitch a word used in advertising. When I saw this book, It triggered my curiosity this book guides us. On each aspect of our life. Be it a professional life, client meeting or a family function. We are always been watched, today with social media each this intensity has crossed all limits.

This book is written and printed in a very reader friendly way. We find, Heading, subheading, into bold and bigger font. Each chapter mentions the take away at the end.  This book is reader friendly, any first time reader will be enticed with book. One can glance and get all the crux in one go.

This books suggests, how any single idea to be presented in business or personal life? Everyone gets one chance. It is up to us how we utilize it.

I recall a take away, “Life is a theater don’t act like an actor think like a playwright.”

The writers have offered various examples from real life, books, business and cinema.

This book guides us on each step of life and business, “a rehearsal is important.” It was another take away. You will find many guide lines to your business, professional life and everyday situations. It is a ready reckoner and an office table book.

I suggest to all professionals, businessmen and students, I signoff my review with a quote from the book. Our life is non-stop, pitch. 

A hundred years of jump cut and fade-outs a book by Shoma Chatterjee

Our country is also known for Indian film Industry. There are thousands of people who earn their livelihood with Bollywood. It is the biggest entertainment industry in the world. There are many book written on Indian Cinema. This time I got an interesting book by Shoma Chatterjee, she is Author, Film Scholar and Academician. She has won two national awards 1991 best book on Cinema 2002 best film critic.

Apart from these Awards. There are several awards she has received at National and international level. She is one of the most. Senior film critic today in India. She has written 18 books till date. She has also been on various Film Festival jury.

As a film critic she brings our attention towards the different aspects and themes used in Indian cinema. As a film goer. Or a cinema student it is necessary to understand the background behind the cinema. One cannot appreciate a film in isolation.

This book helps us to understand the body of work by a director. Satyajit Ray has once said, “Cinema is a reflection of society”. This book is divided into chapters. And each chapter is an independent essay on film. These essays analyzed films on specific parameters and offers us to build our understanding.

It is interesting to see how Indian Cinema has traveled over last hundred years how it has created landmarks. Indian films initially started with drama and literature adaptation. The independent India began with urbanization. This offered a new genre as a Road films in Indian Cinema. Films like Awara and many other made on the same line. The sound brought the playback singing, music composition, dialogue dubbing industry. It paved the way for many music directors, composers, music conductors, singers and many more.

The introduction of color into cinema added the different dimension into cinematic look, each technological development took us much near to the subject. The Indian parallel cinema portrayed the plight of social issues, urban poverty, naxalism, terrorism issues and many subtle subjects which were interwoven into our cultural fabric.

This book also talk about films, which are inspired by our political, social events. Indian cinema portrayed socio-political psychological issues time to time. Industrial development, Industrial exploitation, emerge of mafia and various personalities shaped Indian Cinema over the years. Indian Cinema, since beginning predominantly revolves around human relations and their place in the society. Today when lifestyle has changed but basic DNA remains the same.

Shoma Chatterjee has put focus on various social issues like gender representation, film censorship, inclusion of item number in Indian cinema and much more. It is interesting to read how she cites the examples of literary adaptations in Bollywood.

As a film critic I will say this book offers a broad perspective of Indian Cinema.

Guru Dutt

Since my college days when professors talked about Gurudutt it was a mystery around his work. I read many article about his life and the stories. Calendars changed cinema travelled from celluloid to digital. In 2005 V K Murthy awarded IIFA life time achievement award and 2010 Dadasaheb Phalke award.

I have great regards for V K, he has been an inspiration to many cinematographers. He inspired generations. He is one of those people who worked very closely with Gurudutt.

Nasreen Munni Kabir is a documentary filmmaker, associated BBC Channel 4 as a producer and also has been Indian film researcher. It is her hard work to find and meet various actors, technical people and the people who have lived with Gurudutt. It is interesting to strive this journey to explore the time and chimes of black and white era.

The Newly independent India, blooming urbanization, and social milieu. Gurudutt always choose characters and their tormented life from real situations. This is why, today when we look at his films, we find the characters more interesting than the story. Gurudutt is one of those few directors who worked more on his characters, he took special efforts to caste the actors.

Gurudutt started his career as a dance director with Mohan Sehagal, Then in 1951 his first film Baazi hit the screens. He became independent director. 1952 he gave break to Jhonny Walker and they remain united till the end. He gave a song to Jhonny Walker and it became the landmark song. Today Jhonny Walkar is known by this song.  When we look at the dialogues and characters in Gurudutt film, we find the repetition. The dialogue in Baazi between Taxi driver and a passenger was enough to showcase the class difference and much more. This is repeatedly used by Gurudutt to showcase the class difference, a space of solace or be it a cozy space to share thought. This peculiar habit of Gurudutt is remembered forever. I remember a song, which is shot in Garage and there is no property other than a car. See the camera work. Two characters and the song, Sun Sun Sun Zalima a song from Aar Paar 1954. It is interesting to see how the camera work is down and how less is the property. We can see the acting done only by face.

VK Murthy who was assisting for camera, once he suggested a shot to recompose and retake to Gurudutt. He liked it so much that V K Murthy became his all-time cinematographer. Raaj Khosala who assisted Gurudutt, Gurudutt made him an independent director. There are many stories of those times in this book. Abrar Alvi joined Gurudutt as a script writer and shares the insights behind many films and casting of many actors for specific roles.

As we all know, Pyasa film is an adaptation of Sahir Ludhiyanvi’s Ghazals to screen but do we know? The role of poet was the role of painter. Sahir Ludhiyanvi was very reluctant to write for films but later how he turned towards film lyrics. This book talks about various experiments of V K Murthy in cinematography and how he was praised by Firdous Irani the cinematographer of Mother India.

The famous shot of Kaagaz ke phool in a studio where Gurudutt is sitting on camera crain and a strobe of light falls on Wahida Rehman, as she intrudes on set. It was in script but this shot became a metaphor for Indian Cinema. We see the same used in Om Shanti Om which is a homage to Bollywood film making and Sudhir Mishra’s Khoya Khoya Chand which is a film dedicated to Gurudutt. This shot is used by many cinematographers for various reasons in many films in India and abroad.

This book unveils many aspects of Bollywood and his life. How he picked up actors and caste them into a peculiar role which offered them identity. It is interesting to know how much he was passionate about film making through his friends. Wahida Rehman share how she met Gurudutt and how he took her test of hindi diction. Wahida joyfully shares the remarks of Gurudutt, ‘Acting is done with face’ rest is assembly.

While talking about his films Nasreen Munni Kabir makes us rich about the times and chimes of Indian Golden Period of Cinema. Being a producer she works with BBC and extensively wrote on Bollywood. I see this book is a feast to all cinema lovers.

The Life Book to be Rich

Retirement Planning by Meera Kulkarni

Ageing is unavoidable process. We never realize the importance of planning for retirement. We spend our childhood in school, young age is a magic wand it gets over once we enter into 40s. The life ahead through next two decades is full of challenges at professional front, family front and health front. Many who neglect the retirement planning and land swiftly into retirement age face many questions?

‘Retirement Planning’ books reveals the process of planning with insightful and interesting anecdotes of various people who choose different paths and how they landed into retirement stage. How they dealt with the situation and how they avoided some troubles. School empowers us with knowledge, parents and teachers fuel us with motivation and when we land on professional front we perform at our best but when we retire, life changes inside out. We realize the difference of colleague, acquaintance, childhood friend, friend and companion.

Post retirement financial gap and social void triggers our temperament. The loneliness become the first enemy. Nagging health issues increase worries. Dr. Meera Kulkarni guides us through ten steps.  She takes us through planning for our nest, investment and health. She explains the concept of Ikigai, a Japanese concept to find the purpose of life. Once we find the purpose we can lead a meaningful life. The step of managing personal finances, hobbies, leisure and perusing creative call. How this is important to manage life and stress balance.

The life after retirement is a challenging as the attitude of family, friends, neighbor changes towards us. We starting facing a questions every day, what to do? How to socialize? Where to find company? How to ask for help? The biggest issue is the answer No. we start getting this answer often. It is important to understand the changes takes place around us. One need to manage the temperament and adjust according to changing time and chimes.

The book also focus upon, making a ‘Will’ and maintaining health should be our agenda. How to avoid fights over property when we are alive or later. Writer has offers step by step information, Dr. Meera Kulkarni digs deep, how important for us to understand the youngsters and how important for youngsters to support elderly. Once day everyone become old. It seems difficult in old age to ask for help when they have passed many decades independently. It is difficult to digest loneness. Today when we all live the life ‘on the go’, one hardly find time to spend and take care of elderly people, writer suggest how organizations like Anubhuti, Silver Homes are working for elderly to help them lead dignified life.  

I recommend this book to all youngsters to understand the importance of planning. This book suggest a well-planned approach for investment. Dr. Meera Kulkarni reveals the secret of Ikigai and helps us to balance stress and life. This book offers us various ways to cement social bonds, nurture relationships and making a Will to avoid any trouble. This book makes us aware, how we can solve the problems of elderly with compassion.

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Kai Po Che

Kai Po Che film of 2013 film introduced a trend for this decade. This film gave a platform to Sushant Singh Rajput, Rajkumar Rao and Amit Saadh. The film has a basic theme, to find the meaning of life? This films offered themes like self-Identity, friendship and collaboration. We find these themes very often used in Bollywood films today. Kai Po Che film today is considered as a film which exclusively showcase how we take decision. How dreams and reality collide.  How life of characters changes with passage of time. The near real portrayal made this film as Bollywood milestone.