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44. Para- Para- Paradise

Coldplay’s song ‘Paradise’ is one of my favourite songs…ever. I fell in love with it when I saw it being performed at a glowing light concert and since then, it has been my JAM. I mean you can’t dance to it but my god is it perfect for when you are lying down, headphones on and drowning out the world!

Anyhow, I stumbled across some peeps on Youtube who call themselves ‘ThePianoGuys’. They are quite simply, amazing. They play music effortlessly and you can feel their passion through the screen. It is extremely infectious! Moreover, these lovely people did an African cover of ‘Paradise’ and it sounds like music heaven.

As soon as they started playing, I found myself grinning like an idiot. My eardrums did a standing ovation at the instrument change at 0:57. I got chills by the end. Don’t just take my word for it. Join 14.5 million other people and listen to it yourselves:

Also the location of the music video is stunning! They actually got a helicopter to airlift a brand new grand piano up there. There also has to be a notable mention for the guy’s cool matrix trench coat. He is totally working it.

(Photo Credit: luminaryjackets.com)

If you want to hear more from ThePianoGuys, I definitely recommend their cover of the Lord of the Rings soundtrack. They were so good, I felt like I could visualise the scenes in my mind as they played.

Over and Out y’all!

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36. East Meets West

…or as I keep saying Eats Meets West (try saying it- sly little tongue twister!)

My university’s Indian Society hosts a night of dancing, singing and entertainment every year called East Meets West. I’ve gone every since coming to university so it’s almost become tradition. This year’s one was held yesterday so naturally I went. I dragged along my friend…let us call her Shakira (hehe)… and her sister and our seats got upgraded. I think they’re lucky talismans or similar because every time I visit the theatre with them, we get bumped up!

It was a really good show!

First off the comedian was actually funny this time.  He pretty much dissed this guy called Hugh sitting at the front for the whole night. To be fair, he had it coming. He’s called Hugh for god’s sake. The comedian looked a little bit like Lemar in the sense that he had braided hair so towards the end of the night, during a moment of silence one randomer at the back just started singing ‘If there’s any justice in the world…’ which cracked me up. It was also really amusing hearing a Nigerian man swear in Punjabi (he lived in Southall for most of his life- standard)!

The acts were pretty damn good too. As usual the dancing was far better than the singing. There was a pretty cringey version of Justin Timberlake’s ‘Cry me a river’ and some traditional Indian singing which is essentially vocal acrobatics using the ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ sounds. I really enjoyed the Wushu act. There was one girl in it who was pint sized (lol I can talk) but she genuinely looked like she could kick my butt. There was confetti on the floor and she did a leg movement that was so fast, the confetti started blowing. It was like a real-time Matrix moment! The Micheal Jackson impersonator was also really good. His moves were so on point and he perfected the groin thrust. However my favourite act had to be Imperial’s Bhangra squad. They just destroyed the competition. They had energy. Their formations were tight and everyone was dancing with huge infectious grins. Also their thighs must be made of steel!

(The video below is an extended version of the one they performed at East Meets West. Awesome part at 5:50)

There was a fashion show thrown in too. At one point, 5 guys just decided to take their shirts off and flex. Not sure how this constitutes fashion but hey where there are 6 pacs, there are no complaints.

Lastly, the event was sponsored by Ernst & Young so we had to sit through a cheesy presentation about why they’re so awesome and put their employees first and how that makes them different. But doesn’t every company say that? Surely that makes them all the same? After the presentation, this guy came on stage to talk and I don’t think I’ve heard a worse advertisement for a company. He genuinely said ‘Ernst & Young isn’t perfect but it’s not a bad place to work’. Like are you shitting me? What if I was asked at an interview what I thought of the company and I said ‘yo you guys are not bad’? Bye bye job prospects.

Till next time! Over and out!

33. Lovey Dovey

Hello peoples!

I had great fun ‘researching’ songs for this post but it’s been more challenging than I anticipated. One of the biggest has been finding songs that are completely happy- most love songs have a bittersweet sort of ‘I’ll wait forever if I have to’ feel to them whilst others are more dancey than lovey dovey. With that said, here is my resulting list:

  • I actually think this is such a beautiful song and Beyonce just kills it (in a very good way) with her vocal acrobatics. This performance in particular is so passionate; Beyonce actually looks like she’s going to cry in the chorus. Queen B!

Beyonce – Halo

Hit me like a ray of sun
Burning through my darkest night
You’re the only one that I want
Think I’m addicted to your light
I swore I’d never fall again
But this don’t even feel like falling

  • In my opinion, Taylor Swift is the queen of cutesy love songs. Say what you want about her volatile love life, it has certainly led to some great songs. I’ve chosen ‘Enchanted’ here but there are half a dozen I could have picked including ‘I’d Lie’ and ‘Today Was A Fairytale’. Enchanted builds up so well. The soft guitar strumming turns into a full blown crescendo of guitar, drums and violins that sort of makes me want to spread my arms out and go all Titanic by the end.

Taylor Swift – Enchanted

This night is sparkling, don’t you let it go
I’m wonderstruck, blushing all the way home
I’ll spend forever wondering if you knew
I was enchanted to meet you

(Okay I know this has the whole ‘I’ll wait forever’-ness to it but I like it too much to kick it out of the list)

  • When I was much younger, my family were huge Shania Twain fans. We used to listen to her album on pretty much every road trip so this song reminds me of all those times and as a love song, it’s pretty neat. You might want to ignore the first 30 seconds- I find it pretty cringey but it definitely picks up afterwards.

Shania Twain – You’re Still The One

They said, “I bet they’ll never make it”
But just look at us holding on
We’re still together still going strong 

(You’re still the one)
You’re still the one I run to
The one that I belong to
You’re still the one I want for life

  • Next I have a song from One Direction. Before you start rolling your eyes, I say stop and just have a listen. Close your eyes and forget it’s these teeny boppers singing and then judge. Or keep your eyes open and drool over buffting Zayn Malik (another potential Perv Post candidate). Your choice.

One Direction – Little Things

I know you’ve never loved
The sound of your voice on tape
You never want
To know how much you weigh
You still have to squeeze into your jeans
But you’re perfect to me

I won’t let these little things slip out of my mouth
But if it’s true
It’s you,
It’s you they add up to
I’m in love with you
And all these little things

  • This one is a complete cheesefest but it’s special to me. Don’t laugh! You know you’ve got it bad when these kind of songs start sounding good!

Nicole Scherzinger – Baby Love

And I don’t ever wanna be with no one else
You’re the only one that ever made me melt
You’re special, boy it’s your, your style
We so in love

  • There’s are so many kinds of love and this particular song is an ode to BROMANCEEEE! Nigahiga is a genius- he’s not the most subscribed person on YouTube for nothing! This song is so catchy; the lyrics are hilarious and the video cracks me up.

Nigahiga and Chester See- Bromance

It’s like Eminem and Dr. Dre
If I loved you more I might be gay
And when I’m feeling down
You know just what to say
You my homie, yeah you know me
And if you ever need a wingman
I’d let any girl blow me off
Cause you’re more important than the rest
I confess, I’m a mess
If I’m not hanging with my BFF

  • Call me  a fresh pot but I love me a good Indian love song. I’m a complete saddo- I like to collect songs at the weddings I attend and the one I’m about to share with you is a wedding staple. You’d think that might make it overused or that I’d be tired of hearing it by now but I’d gladly listen to it another 100 times. Suraj Hua Madham was also a close contender but I felt like the video was a bit too steamy to share.

Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai from the film Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

Tu Hi Toh Jannat Meri
(You are my paradise)
Tu Hi Mera Junoon
(You’re my obsession (in a non stalker way))
Tu Hi Toh Mannat Meri
(You’re all my wishes put together)
Tu Hi Rooh Ka Sukoon
(You ease my spirit)

  • I’d like to end with a song for sexy time. Now I appear to have a capacity for erm naughty songs but I understand this might not be everyone’s cup of tea (or you pretend it’s not) hence I’ve chosen an understated song. If you don’t think this is understated, you ain’t heard nothing yet.

Mike Posner- Bow Chicka Wow Wow 

You’ve been playin’ hard to get with me all night
We both know exactly what you want right
Don’t tell me what you won’t do
Tell me whatchu gon’ do, whatchu gon’ do

Once I throw on this bow chicka wow wow
Whatchu gonna say
You act like you gon’ leave
But I know that you gon’ stay

And there you have it! Over and Out!

P.S To the person who tried searching for this blog via ‘gay people who wear onesies’, “Threemagical” is much shorter to type and it’s the first result. Just sayin’.

29. Put your speakers on and get ready to empathise!

It’s the start of February. We all know that means Valentine’s day is around the corner. Now everyone will be having different experiences this year; there will be those who are beautifully, disgustingly in love, those who wish they were and those who think they don’t care. This post caters for the latter two types of people.

I think emotions and music pretty much go hand in hand. Music helps brings out what you feel even if you didn’t know it yourself and I think that’s pretty magical… the fact that you can hear something and it will make you think of a person, a memory or something you were trying to bury. I decided to try and compile a fairly comprehensive list of scenarios and I had great fun ‘researching’ relevant songs associated with them to help you get through The Valentine Blues.

I tried to pick songs from a variety of artists with the hope that you hear something new or something you haven’t heard in a while. So put your speakers on and get ready to empathise!

  • You’re in a relationship. It’s not working. You don’t know why but you’re too tired to hold on any longer.

Ellie Goulding- Hanging On

‘You know we can get away
Because I’m calling your name

I just can’t keep hanging on, to you and me
I just don’t know what is wrong, with you and me’

(Her voice just sounds ethereal in this, particularly in the beginning.)

  • Somebody left you. You’re a mess and they seem absolutely fine. What a !@#$%^.

The Script- Breakeven

‘What am I supposed to do when the best part of me was always you?
And what am I supposed to say when I’m all choked up and you’re ok?
I’m falling to pieces, yeah,
I’m falling to pieces’

  • When you’ve been let down or lied to and the best thing to do is say goodbye. Yeah time to leave that !@#$%^.

Lianna la Havas- Gone

‘Love is not blind, it’s just deaf and it is dumb
So how could I fool myself thinking you were the one
How sad, how undignified
Now I found you out
This is my last goodbye’

  • They can’t commit. They keep changing their mind because they don’t know what they want. What a !@#$%^.

Adele- Turning Tables

‘God only knows what we’re fighting for
All that I say, you always say more
I can’t keep up with your turning tables
Under your thumb I can’t breathe
So, I won’t let you close enough to hurt me
No, I won’t rescue you to just desert me
I can’t give you the heart you think you gave me
It’s time to say goodbye to turning tables’

(It’s not possible to talk breakup music without mentioning Adele)

  • That one person is just always on your mind and you can’t shake it. Seriously annoying.

Lemar- It’s Not That Easy

‘Girl I’ve tried and tried a million times
To get you off my mind
It’s not that easy
It’s not that easy
Don’t you know how hard it is for me
To smile and say goodbye
It’s not that easy
It’s not that easy’

  • When a relationship is over and they’re acting like it meant nothing to them. What a !@#$%^.

Gotye- Somebody That I Used To Know

‘But you didn’t have to cut me off
Make out like it never happened and that we were nothing
And I don’t even need your love
But you treat me like a stranger and that feels so rough
No you didn’t have to stoop so low
Have your friends collect your records and then change your number
I guess that I don’t need that though
Now you’re just somebody that I used to know’

(This is a radio edit of the song that I like a lot more than the original. Got a bit of extra kick to it.)

  • When you’ve had enough of this crap and decide you don’t need anyone but yourself. ALL THE LADIES IF YOU FEEL ME, HELP ME SING IT OUTTT (if you’ve heard the song before, you’ll understand)

Beyonce- Me, Myself & I

‘Cuz I realized I got me, myself and I
That’s all I got in the end
That’s what I found out
And it ain’t no need to cry
I took a vow that from now on
I’m gonna be my own best friend’

(I just had to share the live version of this song because my god Bey can SANG (it’s not a typo)! She turns this sad song into an anthem! Absolutely kills it from 1:45 onwards)

It was so hard whittling down to just seven songs but I figured 50 songs was probably overkill so there you have it.

If you’re actually beautifully, disgustingly in love, then have no fear my next post will be songs just for youu!

Over and Out!

26. Hakuna Matata

So I just got back from watching The Lion King in the theatre… and I can safely say it’s the best musical I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen a few!).

It was so creative and full of energy. The animals were portrayed in a  really interesting way with good use of headdresses, stilts and puppets. You knew exactly which animals were which but there was room to exercise your imagination. They did the iconic scenes justice with a particular highlight being Mufasa’s death (god Scar is such a bastard).

The stage! (Apologies for the poor picture quality)

How can I not mention the singing?! The older cast were simply amazing- all of them had such strong voices! It was also refreshing knowing the songs beforehand because it meant you could sing along (in your head anyway!) and you knew exactly what they were saying. I often find at musicals that I miss half the words but maybe that’s because I’m deaf. They performed all the original songs quite closely to the film version. ‘The Circle of Life’ was notably done well but ‘I Just Can’t Wait To Be King’ which is probably my favourite song in the movie wasn’t done quite as well as I was hoping but that’s just me being fussy. Might be a little unrealistic to expect Simba and Nala to be sitting on ostriches at the top of a huge tower of animals…

In my opinion, the lady who played Rafiki (the baboon) completely stole the show! Her voice was spectacular and she managed to incorporate this weird (but cool) clicking when she sang which made it extra special. Her booty shaking was also impressive (clearly been getting pointers from me). My favourite song of the show was ‘He lives in you’ because it actually gave me chills. There’s a video of that scene below :

Last but not least, I love how the film and the play start and end in the same way- the birth of a new cub. Circle of Life right there!

Look how ickle and cute Simba is!

Over and Out!

 

 

15. BRUHHH BALLE BALLE

I really don’t know what has gotten into me. I really feel like celebrating.

Maybe it’s because I got an internship. Maybe it’s because my birthday is around the corner. Maybe I’m getting in touch with my desi side after all the roti rolling. Or maybe I’m just avoiding revising for my Managerial Economics exam on Wednesday. I’m thinking it’s the latter.

Ahhh man. I’ve been watching so many videos by ‘Superwoman’ on Youtube. She is totes amazing. If I actually knew her, I’d want to be her best friend. She used a Punjabi song in one of her videos and I’ve been listening to it ALL day. It makes you want to get up and shake it all about (see above gif)… which I did rather ungracefully. I swear if anyone walked in during my… artistic expression (I can hardly call it dance), they’d probably think I was having a fit. But hey, free workout. Balle balle! BRUHHH

I really can’t be asked with this exam on Wednesday. I have never been so chilled about a paper in my life. I don’t enjoy the subject. I have no economic ‘common’ sense but I’m stuck with it now. I’m just hoping it doesn’t bring my average down. Maybe I’ll be more appreciative when I have one less exam in the Summer to stress about.

Also Vampire Diaries is returning next Thursday! I’ve missed it so. It has ‘inspired’ me to start a string of posts which I will call Perv Posts- self explanatory really. Watch this space!