Have you ever had the perfect song play out as you watch the night set in? The darkness unfurling itself, enveloping everything within its embrace, almost in synchronised splendour as an orchestra plays out before you? With the sky turning a deep cobalt, and getting inkier still with every strum, even strain, every string, until pretty soon it is a vast mast of black nothingness. The song comes to a fitting and gentle end, as the last drops of light vanish. Darkness takes over and blinded, you’re left with the fading tune peters out, clear as crystal.


Try this (if you haven’t already encountered it, because I understand it has gone massively viral, and I am always late to pick up on these things).

There is a faint smell of firecrackers in the air. A few stars, in an otherwise inky sky. A noticeable draft hits my face every now and then. Breezy, cool and peaced out with a song in my head, this is a good place to be on a night like this.

I have always believed that true music no matter what language or background it comes from, if performed with honesty and sincerity, has the power to touch you in ways that you cannot explain in words. Its happened before. When a song has lyrics that make close to no sense to me, and yet has given me a surge of goosebumps, or instant tears welling up in my eyes, or a mad  grin and an uncontainable jig. Nenjukulle is yet another example. I have no clue what the song is about, but I have listened to it on loop for a few days, and every time Shaktisree Gopalan’s crystal clear, clean voice cuts through me like a fresh blow. Every time. Maybe its her sincere, sweet face. Maybe its her perfectly blissed out and I’m-enjoying-this-moment-completely demeanour. Maybe its how every perfect note is in its place. Maybe its the coming together of a beautifully balanced track. Maybe its the breath of fresh air that is her voice, but I am sort of hooked to this song, to a point where one might think I am in love with her. Its on loop and I cannot get myself to turn it off.

Its that kind of night. Wintery, musical, black, peaceful. And I don’t want the song to stop. Much like I don’t want this night to end.

PS: I’m totally digging her sexy orange shoes too. Uff, what a complete package. Sweet face, big bright eyes, sincere talent, sexy shoes. And that dream-like voice.

Okay, I’m done now. Go listen.


7 thoughts on “Earworm

  1. heard this song just a week before you posted.
    ARR did an abysmal job with the Yash Chopra’s movie. This just goes to show that he knows what he’s doing, he just doesn’t feel inspired all the time. :)

    This song just stays with you, long after it’s been played. It’s lovely!


    1. you know, to be honest I hadnt even heard the JTHJ soundtrack till Meera mentioned it here. And then I went and listened and I had to double check to make sure it was ARR. I was sure there was a mistake. But this chica has sung the title track, and I feel shes underused, and overshadowed..
      But this one, stays with you is SO right. I just couldnt turn it off..


  2. I am always late in catching on to things that have gone viral the world over, too. :D

    This is the second time today that I have heard mention of this song. Finally decided to listen to it on your blog,and LOVED it. Though I am a Tamilian, I didn’t understand much of the lyrics, as they are quite poetic and my Tamil is not all that great. I loved the voice and the melody, though, and will read up translations on the Internet to find out what the song is all about. I even sent the song to the OH to listen. I am sure he’ll love it, too.

    You’re right – the girl is so pretty, she looks so innocent with her crystal-clear skin and big, black eyes. And such a flowing voice to boot! She is a complete package all right!


  3. After a long long time I have liked a Rahman song. I wasn’t very impressed with his work lately and as a true fan, I was insulted that he thought I’d be satisfied with the work he did for the new SRK movie.This song though, makes me want to believe he’s found his groove again. I have been listening to it often and I like its lilting sound. Oh yeah, and I think the singer’s very cute – the complete package


    1. I hear the lyricist for this song is someone famous too? Maybe him and mani ratnam together brought back the magic. Im tempted to believe SRK was just not inspiring enough.


      1. R

        Mani Ratnam, Rahman and Vairamuthu (the lyricist) make for a potent combination, but I personally think its just Rahman and MR. His best music has, in my personal opinion, always been for Mr. Ratnam.


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