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"Who cares for the words in songs?"


People say that the days of poetry in music are over. That great lyrics are no more an essential component of great songs. That millennials don't want to engage with deep content when there's much new and more exciting music to listen to! Not in an age of visuals.


But if that were really the case, then real people wouldn't be listening to the things I'm singing of.

 

I wouldn't have the pleasure of meeting euphoric audiences at my gigs who tell me that my songs and stories are life-changing. I wouldn't have won multiple songwriting and other music awards nationally and abroad, or have reached #2 & #3 position in the World & Euro Indie Radio Charts. I wouldn't have made a list of the 50 most influential people in Bangalore. Young kids wouldn't sing my songs and fans wouldn't christen me the singing sensei.


Now I earned all this and more whilst writing and singing only originals for the last 18 years. So, whether you're a songwriter or a connoisseur of songs, I want you to think about this:


* When words are written to express a human emotion, they have an intrinsic melody about them.


* When further whittled and disciplined to a meter, they frame silences within their rhythms and transform into songs


* When heartfelt words express themselves as effortless melody, songs with real soul are born...


What's your take? Do words touch your soul? What is your experience of lyrics in popular music? Is songwriting dying or is it alive and well?


Post here and let me know: ​


From Cohen's sublime Hallelujah to love to Dylan's wide-eyed recollection of a Tambourine Man. From John Lennon inviting us to Imagine, to Bob Marley urging us to Get up, Stand up. From Led Zeppelin's colossal meanderings that led to a Stairway to Heaven to Freddie Mercury's existential hara-kiri in Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody,...

Real magic happens when lyrics and music tell a story.

And all of my fav songwriters do exactly that,...Cohen, Queen, Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, U2, Sting, Adele, Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Ed Sheeran & Blake Shelton to name some.


To me, great songs are sonic miracles that become a part of our belief systems. Isn't it true that we are hypnotized by melody, rhythm and words? And if that's the case, what are we popularising?


Yes, the music industry is showbiz, but shouldn't great songwriting, STILL, be The foundation? Is there evidence that we are forever trusting the latest algorithm over our minds and ears? I really would love to hear from you on this subject.


I offer my thoughts to you, as a song.

'Listen Like The Blind'


Available across all streaming platforms. Listen to it here


Suraj


#FromTheVault. #ForgetTheVideoHearTheSong #ListenLikeTheBlind

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Updated: 5 days ago


Hey everyone, I wrote a song about something that has seduced us for centuries. The fragrance of soil that wafts in the air just before rain fall - Petrichor...


It's also a true story

I once got out of a bus in the middle of nowhere, on a highway between two cities because our rickety interstate bus had broken down. As I stood there holding my guitar and luggage and waiting for our rescue vehicle, I found myself standing on the sides of a dusty road, watching the rain, seemingly walking towards us from afar.


As the fragrance of the soil rose all around me, I was possessed by a sudden urge to write a song. 5 minutes later and considerably wetter, I was sitting in the next bus writing the lyric, when suddenly a thought hit me!


Why does the soil do that? After all, isn't the soil is supposed to be on the earth? Why does it rise up at the mere promise of rain?


And that made me think how this would make a perfect love song... because in the presence of certain people, we break all our rules.


This is for you

Suraj


Available on all platforms. You can listen to it here

#theperfectlovesong #save #share


Hey everyone,

You've heard me say that as an EP, Rinse & Repeat, comes from a turbulent phase of my life.


That's me speaking without particularly saying anything. That sounds like a coward speaking from a space of fear and not like an artist speaking his truth.


I've always told people my stories and the context behind my songs because I believe that's what people connect with. And at the risk of being hurt, I'll do it again.


So, be kind to me as I open up and say that Rinse & Repeat is my way of acknowledging that I failed at my marriage and that I am currently going through a divorce. This is me, looking back at love, its painful destruction and wondering if I have the courage to start afresh in the courtship game. Because though I'd like to, that's an emotional rollercoaster that runs through despair, defiance, love, lust, storms and deathly silence.


Rinse & Repeat, Sacred Ground, La Petite Mort & Samsara, provide a snapshot of love and relationships in a manner that is all too relevant, today.


Am I misstepping in sharing my personal struggles?

Maybe.


Does doing so, hurt others involved?

I hope not.


Sometimes it's hard to know for sure what is right and what is wrong. All I can ask myself in such a situation is, does my decision make me feel stronger or weaker?...


Yes, it makes me feel stronger to share this, because I know that there are many others like me. And while it's still hard for most us to overcome the sorrow of failing at love, none of us need the shame.


So, if you're anything like me, it doesn't matter who you are or where you are in your journey, I guess what I'm trying to say is this: take the decisions that make you feel strong. You're NOT alone.


Love.


Always


- Suraj