Well, Arun got me going on this Music tag thing. And after half an hour, I was struggling to fit in all the songs I like. I couldn't fit in my favourite Hindi/English song collection in this. Blame it on Arun if you think this is a huge post..:))
I. Albums I own
There's really no end to this. I don't have all the albums I own with me here in the US. But back home, I have quite a collection.
The earliest recollection I have of collecting music is of Hindi songs. I am a huge Rafi fan. So I have
-Rafi sings for Shammi Kapoor
I love his "Yeh Chaand sa Roshan Chehra" from Kashmir Ki Kali and "Tumse Accha Kaun Hai" and "Badan Pe Sitare"!
-Rafi in Blue moods
Also, I have a comprehensive Kishore Kumar, Talat Mehmood, Lata Mangeshkar, Geeta Dutt ('Babuji Dheere Chalna' is one of her best!), O.P.Nayyar collection.
I have a considerable English songs collection too with all varieties like Guns n' Roses, U2, Aerosmith (this is a bit too much for me!), Eagles, Beatles, Elton John, Bryan Adams (my eternal fave). I don't enjoy very hard rock and Eminem sucks (no matter what anyone else says)!
Of course, the usual medley of Tamil songs is always there. The one thing I really cherish is a Tamil old songs Mp3 that I made recently. It has one of the best selection of old hits and listening to it on Sunday mornings is the most satisfying thing!
II. First album/cassette I bought
I had to think a long time for this because usually my dad did all the buying...:) I believe it was ARR's Vande Mataram in 1997 that I bought with my pocket money. I bought it from New Music India (?!) in Adyar.
III. Other albums I bought...
These days there's no buying. I usually just burn songs from the net. But even that has become rare of late..:) I just let my friends do the hard work and copy CDs off them.
IV. Present Favorites
Here's my top 10 in no particular order:
1. Raa Raa (Chandramukhi)
- Binni has put in a lot into this song. Chandramukhi's yearning for her lover can be felt in her voice and the carnatic-filmi mix goes well. This song usually gets my pulse racing especially when she sings the closing lines of the charanam,
"Mila mila magasina, meruvula meriyaka raa raa raa raa..."
2. Chinna Chinna Sigarangal (Kana Kanden)
- A very husky number. Very well sung. The lyrics are a bit vulgar but nonetheless, a good rendition! I like it.
3. Konjam Konjam Enakkum Unnai..(Arindhum Ariyaamalum)
4. Kaadhal Yaanai (Anniyan, of course!)
- Again, a total dance number. Gets me each time I listen to it. I like the part "Ring master-in singam pol...". Waiting to watch it onscreen!
5. Stranger in Black (Anniyan)
- Again, a copy of the Lord of the Rings score. But nonetheless, quite good. As I listen to it, I can get the feel of a mysterious stranger..
6. Appan Panna Thappula (Thirupaachi)
- I know many screw up their faces if I say I like this song. But it is a fast number and I like Vijai's dance in this one...:)
7. Nee Endha Ooru (Thirupaachi)
-Again, a popular down-to-earth mass number!
A very racy number..I confess when Priya first told me that she liked this, I was kind of like, "Ewww!". But then, the "paal ice cup ice.." hum kind of catches on. The hero has done a worst-u job of dancing. It is one of those songs that doesn't have much to it as far as uniqueness goes but still becomes popular.
9. Seetukkattu raani pola (Mayavi)
I love this number especially the "Jo jo jothika" part!
10. Kaadhaal Valarthen (Manmathan)
I simply love Kay Kay's range and voice in this number.
V. I usually hum..
I confess this list is going to coincide a lot with Arun's. Suprising to find a lot of common songs.
Minnale Nee vandhadhenadi.....(May Maadham)
Nee partha parvaikku...(Hey Ram)
Thoda Thoda.. (Indira)
Azhage Sugama... (Parthale Paravasam)
Rama Rama... (Sivamani. This is a Telugu movie. Short and sweet song.)
Inji Iduppazaga..(Thevar Magan)
Maraindhirundhe Parkum...(Thillana Mohanambal)
Aaha Inba Nilaavinile.. (Maya Bazaar)
Ondra Renda...(Kakka Kaaka)
Ennai Yenna Seithai...(Ivan)
Kannil Kandhame Vendam...(Mounam pesiyadhe)
VI. My Fave dappankoothu songs:
- Aal thotta boopathy... (Youth)
- Malai Malai... (Chocolate)
- Tirunelveli Alva daa...(Sami)
- Inthadi Kappa kizhange...(Dhool)
- Inthunoondu Muthathile...(Dhool)
- Vaadi Vaadi...(Alli thantha vaanam)
- Theradi Veedhiyil..(Run)
- Sarakku Vechirukken...(Shahjahan)
VII. My Fave nakkal song:
Pombalainga Kaadhalai Dhaan...(Unnai Ninaithu)
VIII. Fave music directors
IX. Fave singers:
Malgudi Subha, Sunidhi Chauhan, Chitra, SPB (of course!), Kay Kay, Karthik, Kishore Kumar, Rafi, Adnan Sami.