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From Under The Bleachers to Winning Over

She Had a smile
That Stayed A whilealbum_cover_zameer
Every Night with Her
Brought Me Sunshine

If you hear the above the opening lines to a song, I am sure, you would want to hear the rest of the song too. These lines have been taken from the song First Love, from the album From Under The Bleachers. (too many “froms” in one sentence)
An interesting thing about of the albums name is that it appears in 3 songs in the name, putting the listener in a doubt about which track is the title track, or it could be that the reason for the naming the album are the tracks.

Back to the song, First Love, it also has a complete-r fuller Urdu version (not on the album) called Yaad
which you can watch here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaWNx0yp4Ko .

Story based song, Where The Sun Don’t Shine, also talks about the mystery of women, that even after a long period MR. Singer still hasn’t completely learnt about his love” TELL ME WHY DON’T YOU GO WHERE THE SUN DON’T SHINE NO MORE”, somehow this lyric doesn’t make me think straight, and with the singing being in a naughty voice, it’s only natural that thoughts wander.

“With you” is the second video to be released for the album and this track is just marvelous, shows the beauty of being in love being narrated in stages in a story form (again). Soft bass lines and an over infectious chorus line gets you to LOVE the track at the first listen. Very much proves, that even when love at first sight doesn’t happen, love at first sound is possible.

You Lied To Me: as the name of song suggests is about betrayal but also that of the writer to still forgive the mistakes of his love, and “wants her back” even what she has put him through with her betrayals and lies.

It’s easy to be filled with hatred for Zameer after hearing Mind Over Muder, because the lyrics are so blasphemous that you wish he is stoned to death for writing this song. But once the initial hatred dies out and you begin to think logically about the concept of the song, written from the head of a brain washed conscious terrorist lamenting against God and questioning HIS way but still hell bent to carrying out his acts. Beware though because the song has an immense amount of soul, the melody may make you start thinking with the mind of a terrorist.

The debut single Win or Defeat is written with the philosophy  in Zameers own words is that “ When defining success for yourself, don’t worry about winning or losing as defined by societal perceptions but to just follow your own dream”, with such a theme, the lyrics have an uplifting tone and an upside tempo .

This is a good album and an excellent way to promote Pakistani talent globally, if anybody understands English and you need to showcase Pakistani music to them, just present this album and watch them sing praises for what our country has. As good Zameer is on his album he is just a tad better in his LIVE performances.

If you haven’t gotten the album, what are you waiting for ? Go ahead and buy it straight away .
It’s available from amazon.com too.


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Individuality

Individuality : The first episode from Coke Studio season 2.
After watching the first episode there were a few things which came to the forefront and I ‘ve decided to share these with you.

Songs:
The songs were ok, none up to the experience of the first seasons’ first episode.
The most major work was done on “Jal Pari ” which was completely renovated and put out as almost en entirely new song.
“Khamaaj” couldn’t have been more complacent with its treatment and with the lacklustre of shallums missing solo,things seemed to have been taken quite easily.

Missed Shots:
Other than the vocalists no one came to prominence, maybe that’s how the episode was set up
to be more vocal based, Javed , Shafqat, Atif, Ali Noor, simply can’t go wrong when it come to delivering vocals. All musicians had taken a backseat and played subduedly.
Gumby’s drumming did come out in Javeds “Aj Latha Naeeo” and the Rubab in Paimona.
Ali Hamzas Banjo did give Aik Alif a dimension but that too in a very hushy manner.

ASAD AHMED: A Decoration piece.
What purpose has he been included for in the house band, is still yet to show. From the first episode , I don’t think there was any requirement in a track which Omran couldn’t have handled alone.

Foreign Inclusion
: No self-confidence.
CokeStudio is supposed to be a show where Pakistani musicians are to be highlighted and presented to the world but this time around a few non-Pakistanis have also been shamelessly
included in the show. Why, during this time, when Pakistani artists contracts are being cancelled by non-Pakistanis for no obvious reasons are we still inviting other people to work with us especially in a field where we are the best? (paagal hain na, hum qoum?)

Episode 2 :
Well, from the ads, Aankhon kay Saagar has been played with , Josh looks good
and finally Mr.Ustaad is not content with Atif being in the same track as him.


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Coke Studio 2

Oh My God!!

Coke Studio 2 is here, the dates are out , first episode on June 14th and I am mega excited, Atif and Noori will rock ( and I know the people who harbor envy for Atif will envy him more after the performance), I am writing this post just to let you that my dingle days will be delayed a little bit but still probably within the first week of next month, for all of those who are added on to my face book list, my status message will let you know when Dingle Days is up again.

Thanks for patronizing my blog despite of my irregular posts.


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If you haven’t heard it already, hear this now,
Faraz anwar has made it to the final online voting stage for a competition based on guitaring skills , called Guitar Idol.His track is called autumn madness.
Most of you who are stuck with the post Junoon blues, probably don’teven know Faraz Anwar, well people please update yourself .Faraz Anwar is the “karta dharta” of Mizraab, who have one gem of a rock album by the name of Maazi,Haal,Mustaqbil .

Anyhow,lets get down to business and get to the point, please make Faraz Anwar win, and take him to the finals. Let’s make our disadvantages beneficial for us in this case ,our(over) population. The more the votes
the better for Faraz. Let’s bring Pakistan to the forefront.

GO to this website,register and vote for Faraz. He really needs it and so do WE !

There is only one way , the Faraz way