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January 16, 2011

“What the World Needs Now is Love”, Bacharach/DeShannon

Filed under: arts — Tags: — Kamal Advani @ 02:55

Started listening to compositions by Burt Bacharach recently. Very impressed overall. One of my favourites thus far has to be the song “What the World Needs Now is Love”, composed by Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David, and first recorded by Jackie DeShannon. Here’s the video, and wikipedia entry. Beautiful stuff.

November 13, 2010

“New Butterfly”, by Ade ISHS

Filed under: arts — Tags: , — Kamal Advani @ 18:33

New Butterfly” is Ade’s second album. You can find my review of his first album, “Visions“, here. The same disclaimer in that post applies to this review.

As before, the album is contemporary instrumental piano. The music is simply beautiful. Both relaxing and deeply contemplative. Ade’s in no rush to finish a song, the timing is just right. The notes feel a lot more harmonious, diverse, confident. My favourites include “Jakarta at Night 3“, “Go on 2“, “I Saw Happiness“, and “Moving Ashburton“. “Jakarta at Night 3” – well if you have spent a night in Jakarta – the faintly cool night breeze in a city named after a prince, you’ll get the connection. Tracks average 6-8 minutes in length. One contrast (in both feel, and length) is “Unity in Diversity“, a short (1:35!), light piece.

Highly recommended, awe-some. 10/10 stars. Still DRM-free (yay!).

December 15, 2009

Jazz’ing Diana Krall Style

Filed under: arts,general,personal — Tags: — Kamal Advani @ 23:59

A few renditions by Krall (live videos):

So Nice – playful.
Walk On By – favourite.
Look of Love – jazzzzyyy.
Cry Me a River – I first heard this song (not sure who sang it though) in the movie “V for Vendetta”, sad but hey, with songs you gotta learn to detach it of associations, and enjoy it for what it is, a great song :-).


December 5, 2009

Bon Jovi Unplugged

Filed under: arts,personal — Tags: — Kamal Advani @ 16:51

Some beautiful unplugged (acoustic) versions of Bon Jovi – definitely not as jump-and-head-banging-rock as the regular versions (then again, I don’t think Bon Jovi counts as head-banging-rock, just jumping :P) – but beautiful chill out music. Videos:

It’s my Life
Hallelujah (cover)
Living on a Prayer


August 22, 2009

“Alone”, Heart

Filed under: arts — Tags: — Kamal Advani @ 02:39

I’ve heard various versions of this song (well, okay, maybe more like 2), but this version is a nice listen – the acoustic touch on live stage is awesome. Youtube video, enjoy. Apparently it’s live in Seattle, 2003.

May 3, 2009

“Visions”, an album by Ade ISHS

Filed under: arts — Tags: , — Kamal Advani @ 20:48

Disclaimer: I know Ade personally. Though I can’t handle crappy/mediocre music, from friends or foes!

“Visions” is Ade’s first solo album. Ade’s an independent musician based in Melbourne, Australia. The album is a collection of 9 beautifully composed piano pieces. My personal favourites are “Birth of Love”, “Sky” especially the second half of the composition, and “Rain 1”. The pieces are pleasant, relaxing, ambient but non-intrusive, and at times very inspiring (for one thing it digs out my wish to learn a musical instrument every now and then!). On average, each piece runs for about 7 minutes, and it is easy to sense the effort and love that has gone into the album’s creation. Note that although this is his first solo, Ade is by no means new to the music scene, having been involved in various events previously.

I highly recommend “Visions” if you like instrumental music. You can find out more about Ade and “Visions” at Ade’s website. In the spirit of fair use, trust, and freedom of platform choice (yay!) – Ade’s made sure the music is DRM-free.

Finally, only peripheral to this – but nevertheless quite interesting to geekoids and musicians alike – is that Ade’s Computer Science PhD is on Music Information Retrieval – so yeah, he likes his music :-).

April 25, 2009

“Do that to me one more time”, Captain and Tennille

Filed under: arts — Tags: — Kamal Advani @ 05:32

Chill out song – very girly – but still decent enough :P. Captain and Tennille, Do that to me one more time.

March 15, 2009

“Send me an Angel”, The Scorpions

Filed under: arts,personal — Tags: , — Kamal Advani @ 06:10

Most stuff by Scorpions would make my all-time favourite list, however this particular version of “Send me an angel” (lyrics) is awesome. Enjoy :-).

“Nessun Dorma”, Vanessa Mae’s Violin Rendition

Filed under: arts,personal — Tags: , — Kamal Advani @ 04:54

Here’s the video – it’s just some background images for the piece really, not a “real” video. Definitely makes it to my all-time favourite list. Here’s more info on the piece itself. You might also like the more opera-friendly version sung by the 3 tenors. For completeness, I like Andrea Bocelli’s version too.

Beautiful stuff. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

— Kamal, bumming and unemployed at 1.55am :-).

December 28, 2008

Enya, “On My Way Home”

Filed under: arts,personal — Tags: , , — Kamal Advani @ 02:12

It’s hard to see how I forgot this one till I was reminded by my friend a couple of weeks ago. I spent many-an-evenings in the lab listening to this prior to going home back when I was at uni in Jakarta! Very uplifting song, definitely one of my all-time favourite, and very personal too. Anyway, as usual, video and wonderful lyrics! Be carried away!

— Kamal

PS. Actually most things Enya make it to my all-time favourites list easily, but this one tops it :-).

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