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Playlist of the Week – Best of Nirvana

Friday, October 4th, 2019

Every once in a while, nostalgia will strike hard, and you will head back into your memories (sometimes fond, sometimes not). And one thing that is indisputable is that nothing brings a memory into sharp focus as much as a song. Sometimes a memory attached to a particular song is so strong that hearing just a few notes can give you a surreal sense of deja vu.

To commemorate those old beloved memories, we’re taking a trip down memory lane with a band that defined grunge for so many. Here’s our pick for our most loved Nirvana tracks.

 

1. Smells Like Teen Spirit

The quintessential Nirvana song. Probably their most popular track, it pretty much defined an entire generation.

Smells Like Teen Spirit

 

2. Lithium

I’m so ugly, that’s ok cuz so are you.

Lithium

 

3. The Man Who Sold The World

It may be a cover, but man was it one heck of a tribute to the original!

The Man Who Sold the World

 

4. Lake of Fire

If you didn’t croak along to this one, you weren’t really a Cobain fan. Please note, the key word here is croak.

Lake of Fire

 

5. Come As You Are

A known enemy.

Come As You Are

 

6. Where Did You Sleep Last Night

Because we couldn’t figure out which song to leave out of the list.

Where Did You Sleep Last Night

 

Have a great week!

 

 

 

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Playlist of the Week – Break Up? Better Off!

Friday, September 20th, 2019

Everyone has been through at least one really bad break-up. If not your own, then your best friend’s. The point is, it gets overly dramatic really fast. And though we may now look back and shake our heads, it was probably really tough to get through. So this week’s playlist is dedicated to those who got back up, dusted themselves off, and made their lives better and brighter. Because sometimes, a break up just leaves you better off.

 

1. Since You’ve Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson

If the powerful vocals don’t make your spirit soar, the lyrics definitely will. Let Kelly work her magic and just go with it.

Since You’ve Been Gone

 

2. Irreplaceable – Beyonce

To the left, to the left. Everything you own in a box to the left.

Irreplaceable

 

3. Forget You – Cee Lo Green

Get your groove back with this number bound to make you shake it off.

Forget You

 

4. Tainted Love – Soft Cell

Take some inspiration from the good old 80s and break free.

Tainted Love

 

5. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

Because you know you’re better off.

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

 

Have a great week!

Playlist of the Week – Body Positivity

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Living in a society that is constantly telling us what is wrong with us can be tough on everyone. So every now and then, we need a little reminder that we are great just the way we are, and that our differences are actually what make us special, and the world a truly great place.

So this week’s playlist is all about reminding us that we’re great just the way we are, and our individuality matters.

 

1. Born This Way – Lady Gaga

The ultimate song that tells you to be proud no matter who you are, no matter what your background, race, color, or gender. It’s who you are, so not only should you accept it, you should be proud of it too.

Born This Way

 

2. Scars to Your Beautiful – Alessia Cara

Harming ourselves to look ‘pretty’ is never a good idea, and Alessia’s song became an instant hit purely because it resonated with so many youngsters fighting body image issues.

Scars to Your Beautiful

 

3. Who Says – Selena Gomez & The Scene

The then teen pop idol posed a very important question asking who exactly says that you aren’t beautiful exactly as you are. Her je-ne-sais-quoi attitude is meant to inspire everyone to shed their fears and own who they are, regardless of what anyone else says.

Who Says

 

4. Most Girls – Hailee Steinfeld

Though the title suggests otherwise, the song is actually an anthem that not only praises every girl for her differences, but also tells them to cherish those differences and celebrate them with others.

Most Girls

 

5. Who You Are – Jessie J

While Jessie herself epitomizes the strong, confident woman, her song is quick to remind everyone that everyone is struggling and that we should all try our hardest to be true to ourselves, and in there lies our beauty.

Who You Are

 

Here’s to you feeling happy and confident in yourself, not only because the mirror tells you so, but because your soul does too!

 

Have a great week!

Rhythm By The Bay – BSE Rescheduled!

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Having to unfortunately be rescheduled, Rhythm By The Bay is back on track and our team is getting ready, full steam ahead! Catch our artists live on Saturday 1st June 2019 at the BSE International Convention Hall, Mumbai!

NSPA brings you Rhythm By The Bay – BSE!

Back with our third edition, this time we take you all on a journey of the great poet Sant Kabir! The Mumbai-based band Folkkalvokal brings an evening of music, commemorating the ideology, thoughts, and lifestyle of Kabir. They will be showcasing seventeen elements of Kabir’s life as a tribute to his great works and wisdom, entitling their presentation ‘Chadariya‘.

Join us for an evening of beauty and grace at the BSE International Convention Hall, Mumbai on 1st June 2019 from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Don’t forget to register at bit.ly/RBTB19 as seats are limited. (No charges, you just need to register)
NSPA Presents – ‘Rhythm By The Bay – BSE’, Bringing the Streets to the Stage!

Featuring Folkkalvokal:

Debanshu Shekhar – Narrator

Suresh Kala – Vocals

Deep Kadam – Guitar

Asit Sakpal – Backing vocals, Harmonium, Melodica

Swarna Murthy – Violin

Manoj Pandya – Percussion

Punit Acharya- Bass

Avinash Lamba – Dholak, Tabla

Kailash Jadhav – Drums

Look forward to seeing you for an enjoyable evening designed to let you soak in music in its purest form!

The Stories Behind Famous Songs

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

While we all love music, sometimes we get so caught up in the rhythm and beat, we forget that the lyrics to our favorite songs might have a story that isn’t necessarily based in fiction. Instead, many of these songs are often based on life and experiences of the very artists we adore so much.

Here’s a quick collection of some interesting back stories to some pretty famous songs.

 

Hey Jude by The Beatles

Julian was just a little boy when his dad, John Lennon, was getting a divorce from his mother. Paul Mcartney wrote the song to help Julian get over the trauma of having a slightly broken family. It originally was penned as “Hey Jules”, but they later changed it to Jude.

Image source - Ultimate Classic Rock

Image source – Ultimate Classic Rock

 

Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana

Kathleen Hanna, punk singer and friend of Kurt Cobain, actually wrote the words “Kurt smells like teen spirit” on his bedroom wall after one drunken afternoon. ‘Teen spirit’ was actually the name of a perfume that Kurt’s ex-girlfriend used to wear, and Kathleen’s words were meant as a diss. One woman’s diss turned into a classic song title.

Image source - 8Tracks

Image source – 8Tracks

 

Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple

Deep Purple were in Switzerland to record their album ‘Machinehead’. Frank Zappa’s concert at nearby Montreux Casino ended in a massive fire accident that burnt the casino to the ground. The fire also lent the entire of Lake Geneva a massive hazy covering, which the band could see from their hotel room, hence the name Smoke on the Water.

Image source - Ultimate Classic Rock

Image source – Ultimate Classic Rock

 

Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton

Many may not know that this popular song was inspired by real, devastating events in Eric Clapton’s life. The song was a tribute to his son Conor, who fell to his death from a 53rd-floor New York City apartment window in 1991. Eric had just arrived at the hotel and moved straight past the crowd gathered at the bottom, with no idea that they were investigating the incident. 

Image source - YouTube

Image source – YouTube

 

Jeremy by Pearl Jam

“Jeremy spoke in class today” is the continuous hook in this cult classic, but the story behind it will leave you shook. The line is actually a metaphor for a boy taking his own life in front of his class at school, and is actually based on a real shooting. Inspired by a 15-year-old boy named Jeremy Delle who shot himself in front of his classmates at school in January 1991. 

Image source - You just made my list

Image source – You just made my list

 

Mean by Taylor Swift

This song was penned by Swift as a direct response to a reporter who criticized her quite rudely after a shaky live performance by her. Though she initially defended with a statement on how every single person, including musicians, has an off day every now and again, it didn’t seem to take the sting away, and eventually led to the song.

Image source - Wikipedia

Image source – Wikipedia

 

And now you know. You now have special knowledge and behind the scenes info on not only your favorite bands and singers, you also know the special meaning behind the lyrics of some great songs. What should you do with this knowledge? Isn’t it obvious? It’s now the perfect time to listen to these songs again, but from a brand new and more informed perspective. Happy Listening!

5 Songs with Famous Dance Routines

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Some songs really bring out the dancer in you. When these tracks beckon, you feel compelled to  let go of every ounce of shyness and just go crazy on the dance floor. It helps if the song playing has its own dance routine. When that happens, you feel in control since you don’t have to rack your brains to come up with steps that make you look cool, and not like you’re having a minor stroke. That’s probably why Village People’s Y.M.C.A is so popular and so is the Nae Nae song by Silento. Here are 5 other such popular tracks that we’ve loved all these years. Read on to discover some cool trivia behind these songs. Also, we’ve added some really cool dance videos to help you learn some new moves. Enjoy!

vogue

Macarena

This Spanish dance hit became a staple at every celebration. The moves are so simple, it’s almost like performing a couple of aerobic dance steps. Also, it looks best when performed in a group, making it the perfect move for bashful dancers. One cannot imagine doing the Macarena any other way but with these trademark steps!

Forgotten how to do the Macarena? Here’s a short video to remind you.

The Twist – Chubby Checkers

This dance move is a favourite with dancers and non-dancers alike, because it’s one of the easiest moves to pull off. All you need to do is twist, swivel your hips in time with the music. If thinking of it as a dance move makes you want to distance yourself from it, you can think of it as a move to put out a rather stubborn cigarette, or something you do when you’re trying to dry your back using a towel. The Twist was first performed by Hank Ballard, an RnB singer who came up with the song ‘The Twist,’ after seeing people enjoy this 60s dance move. However, it took a Chubby Checker version to really propel this song and dance move to fame.

Here are some of the best twists in the history of twisting. Watch and learn.

Walk Like an Egyptian – The Bangles

The Bangles made it cool to stick a camera in the face of dancing pedestrians’ way before Pharrell Williams came along with that ‘Happy’ idea. In the video, we see people on the streets of New York striking an old pose – one that was a hit with the Pharaohs of Egypt. This pose, which can be found quite easily on Egyptians relics, requires the hands to be positioned quite like the arms of the ‘Swastika.’ If you aren’t familiar with Hindu iconography, imagine a person miming the nursery rhyme ‘I am a teapot.’ Thinking you are a teapot will surely help you walk like an Egyptian.

Here’s a cool video with an animated character performing some kickass moves to this song.  The original song video is another good place to pick up the trademark ‘walk like an Egytian’ step.

Vogue – Madonna

As Madonna croons in her Pop Queen voice “Common Vogue! Let your body move to the music,” a group of well-groomed, slick young men make sharp hand gestures in time to the music. The lyrics are interspersed with close ups of these gentlemen striking runway model-like poses, facial expressions included. What these fine lads are doing is ‘voguing,’ a dance style that emerged in the streets of Harlem in the 1980s. Inspired by the graceful gait of runway beauties, young gay black men created a dance style that mimicked the runway flamboyance of models. Called ‘Voguing’ after the fashion magazine ‘Vogue,’ this dance style features exaggerated hand movements, smooth spins, and poses based on those struck by catwalking models. Madonna’s pop hit brought this forgotten dance style back into popular consciousness in the 90s.

Gangnam Style

Psy’s Gangnam Style broke the internet when it released in June 2012. Everyone from little kids to grandmas enjoyed mimicking the horse-riding-like dance move popularized by Psy. Quite frankly, it’s impossible to try any other dance move with this song. It’s almost like Michael Jackson’s iconic Thriller move, where one couldn’t imagine replacing zombie-like walk with anything else.

This hilarious video of wizard Gandalf doing the Gandalf style, sorry, Gangnam style is pure gold.