Do you ever have a song, an idea, a storyline, or an image stuck in your head? And it just refuses to go away? For some time at least? I have this with music—it could be a song, an instrumental piece, a jingle, etc. This becomes my ‘now’ song, and the “nowness” (pardon my English here) could be for any length of time.
My ‘now’ song is Ve chori chori tere naal, a Punjabi folk song by Meesha Shafi, a Pakistani singer.
I was introduced to this song by a new colleague at work, who is an amateur musician and who listens to a wide range of music from all over the world. I was totally blown away with the soft, sensuous music and Meesha’s voice, and before I knew it I was listening to it again, and again. By that evening, it was my ‘now’ song. A little bit of research revealed that many (Pakistani) singers have rendered this song. I listened to all of them, but Meesha’s version, in my opinion is the best.
P.S.: I also found the tune very similar to Lata’s Yaara seeli seeli (music ‘composed by Hridayanath Mangeshkar) from the Hindi film, Lekin. Does this make Yaara seeli seeli another of Bollywood’s inspired offerings? Or is it a coincidence? What do you think?