Sunday, December 1, 2013

My first song :-)

More than a year ago, I noticed that one of my blog articles is getting lot of hits. I wrote that article, ”How To Write Lyrics For Hindi Movies”, as a sarcastic take on the quality (or lack of it) of lyrics found in Hindi movies. It was written almost 20 years ago on a Usenet group, and I just archived it on my blog. The search engines don’t have much sense of humor, so as you can see, this article appears at the top of search results! My apologies to those who were looking for real information.

That got me thinking. Why just lyrics? Why not compose a whole song? So here it is. A song written by me, tuned by me (!) and also sung by me :-) Don’t be afraid, read on.

First the lyrics.
agar maiN tum se yeh kahooN, mere dile mein hai too hi too
     mujhe hai bas teree hi aarazoo,
meree saaNso meiN hai too basee, aur manzil hai too meree
     ruh ko bhi hai teree justajoo

tere deedaar-e-ruKH-e-roshan binaa, zulmat-e-shab ho kaise fanaa
    gar haal-e-dil yeh kar duN main bayaaN
kya mere pyaar ko apnaaogi, ya rooth ke thukaraaogi
   kya hogaa tumhaaraa faisalaa

o meri jaan, o meri jaan
tere bin main kaise rahooN mujhe na KHabar hain na pataa
o meri jaan, o meri jaan
kuchh to kaho, yuN chup naa raho, ab aur naa lo imtihaaN
If you are feeling adventurous enough, you can listen to me singing it.



Now some clarifications. I have no illusion of being any artist. I am no singer, no lyricist and no composer. This is just a bit of fun. The lyrics are indeed written by me, and yes, I am the one singing it, if at all it can be called singing.

But the tune is not mine. It’s from one of my favorite Country songs, I told you so.

That’s the point of this exercise. If you are willing to plagiarize a tune, it’s extremely easy to come up with “your” song. The original lyrics give you an idea on where to start. The ready made tune provides a nice rhythm so that you can write fluid lyrics without having to worry about mundane stuff like meter ;-). In a couple of hours, you have a “new” song ready. No hard work required.

Maybe even more clarifications are needed. I am not advocating theft. Plagiarism is bad. It’s indefensible. Arguments such as “paying tribute”, “borrowing ideas”, or “making it more popular” are all flimsy, and wrong. I am just trying to illustrate how easy it is to plagiarize.

6 comments:

  1. Abhay, so nice to see you back in action. This is astable (aka Ramesh Hariharan). Used to be a regular in discussions during the Avachat, UVR days. I remember your earlier article that was a take on Sameer. Your ASAD series used to be very enthralling. You should get back to that. More later.

    Ramesh

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  2. wah wah! Please do it kareoke style and post it again! :)

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  3. mr. abhay your blogs are quite knowledgeable but talking about the song. the lyrics were cool. but as per hindi film songs the lyrics must be understood by the listener.
    lyrics are not written for watching but for listening. so they must convey a message in short as well as be melodious to listen

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  4. nice one it looks very eazy after your example but quite tough to do it because i need broad mind . try to get it.

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  5. Keep it up dear. You have written real a gem or to say more than gem. I want you go far and do best and get best.

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  6. Keep it up dear. You have written real a gem or to say more than gem. I want you go far and do best and get best.

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