February 25, 2010

Mohammed Rafi//Jaan Pehechaan Ho

Lately, I've been going back to some of my old staples. Life's been a little tumultuous and when that happens, I find that listening to favorites from my youth is kind of a soothing thing. Also, I had lunch at an Indian restaurant in midtown with my mom today. Music from my teenage years and Indian food with my mom are the true definition of comfort to me.

This all brings me to this song. When I was a kid, my favorite songwriter was Aimee Mann, and, though I sometimes find her new stuff to be cheesy, I still think she may be one of my favorite songwriters. Few can pen melodies and lyrics as solid as hers.

Of course, Aimee Mann reminds me of Ghost World (she has a song inspired by the incredible Dan Clowes comic, just like I have a tattoo inspired by it (yes, it was that much of a life changer))...and thinking of Ghost World, the book, brings me to Ghost World, the movie, which, in turns, brings me to this song.

In the film version, Enid watches this video, from a Bollywood film Gumnaam, and dances, as the opening credits roll.

Although his name is relatively unknown here in the states, Mohammed Rafi is an incredibly famous Indian singer, whose built a career which spanned five decades on creating successful Bollywood soundtracks. Rafi was so beloved that his funeral in Mumbai (Bombay) was one of the largest ever, with over 10,000 people in attendance.

Jaan Pehechaan Ho.mp3

Jaan Pehechaan Ho!


Dominic said...

Loved the music in this post. I work with a lady who grew up in Mumbai, and I mentioned Muhammad Rafi, and we had a great conversation about music. Thanks.

g said...

Man, I would love to talk to someone from Mumbai about Mohammed Rafi!

pearshapedhuman said...

Wow, that opening riff take me back to a crazy song called "Black Leather Rock" from the movie These Are The Damned.

g said...

Wow. That song is also awesome. Similar drum sound at the beginning.

Il Idioto said...


Easy Jams said...

More Mohammed Rafi here: http://easyjams.blogspot.com/2012/06/pathar-ke-sanam-laxmikant-pyarelal.html