Month: June 2009

Man in the Mirror (My tribute to the legend – Michael Jackson)

 

I never realized how much MJ influenced me till I heard the news yesterday about his death. I was in a trance for a while looking back at my childhood yrs and how his music was there all through! He has influenced all of us in some way or the other. Needless to say that there will NEVER be another MJ or anyone even close as his music/dance transcends time..

This cover of Man in the Mirror is my tribute to the legend. RIP MJ!

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Part Time Lover – Stevie Wonder Cover

 

First of all, I want to thank Shonnie Madan from Muziboo for reminding me of this song. I had totally forgotten about this song and then I heard her cover, which prompted me to sing this.

There is a reason why I havent covered Stevie Wonder to date. Its coz he is nothing short of a Genius. His vocal range and style of singing is hard to mimic. This is my fav song of his. I did introduce some variations (couldnt resist).

Let me know what you think.

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Name (Goo Goo Dolls Cover)

 

This is an extremely emotional song written by the John Reznik, lead singer of the group Goo Goo Dolls. His parents died when he was young and his sisters brought him up. One of the common interpretations of this song is that it reflects on his childhood.

My wife is very fond of this song and hence it goes out to her.

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Lambada (Originally sung by Kaoma)

 

I wanted to do something totally different and hence picked this song. This is a song by the French group Kaoma. Lambada is actually a form of dance for couples that is very popular in Brazil. There are a number of songs based around this dance form and this one is probably the most recognized world wide.

The song was originally sung by a woman. I did not want to change the scale as I felt it would ruin the beauty of the song. This definitely ranks as one of the toughest songs I’ve covered coz of the style, all the subtle expressions and nuances and ofcourse the language.

Hope this takes you down memory lane 🙂

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Adiyae Kolluthey (With Meera and Srividya)

 

This song is from a recent tamil movie called Varanam Aayiram. Both Meera and Srividya suggested this song and hence I ended up doing it with both of them. Both are extremely talented singers and have their own distinct styles (which I am sure you will be able to distinguish). My vocals are pretty much the same in both versions, however the harmonies are slightly different. I thank both Meera and Vidya for suggesting this song, providing the track and for singing with me.

With Vidya:

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Movie: Vaaranam Aayiram
Original music by: Harris Jeyaraj
Originally sung by: Krish, Benny Dayal and Sruthi Hassan
Main vocals by: George Kuruvilla & Srividya Kasturi
Harmonies by: George Kuruvilla & Srividya Kasturi
Mixed by: George Kuruvilla
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With Meera:

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Credits:Movie: Vaaranam Aayiram
Original music by: Harris Jeyaraj
Originally sung by: Krish, Benny Dayal and Sruthi Hassan
Main vocals by: George Kuruvilla & Meera Manohar
Harmonies by: George Kuruvilla & Meera Manohar
Mixed by: George Kuruvilla
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Kaadhalikkum Pennin (With Tara Balakrishnan)

 

Tara and I have worked on a number of projects in the past and happens to be one of my favorite female vocalists. This is a song from one of A.R Rahman’s classics, Kaadhalan. I hope this cover makes you wanna get up and dance 🙂 Thanks Tara for a fantabulous job as always!!!!

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Whats your story?

 

Looking back at my life, particularly the last 5 yrs or so, I have been obsessed with my career and have led a very routine life for the most part. Its been about my life, my goals, my family etc. Sometimes I sit back and think what my end goal is and what kind of a legacy I am leaving behind. How am I going to be remembered when I die? What sort of an impact am I making in the lives of people I interact with? I would think people would say “Aah George, well he was good at his job and sang really well!” Is that how I’d like to remembered? I dont think so!

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Why use Twitter and how to make it work for you!

 

Its hard to believe that there is anyone out there, especially in the IT industry who have not heard about twitter. For those of you who are not familiar with it, you can think of it as the facebook status message in someways. You are allowed to post 140 character updates and also include tags that help others search for certain topics. For instance, during the idol finale, there were a ton of people tweeting using the same tag. So if I searched for that tag, I could find updates flowing in real time. Another example I would like to include is Citrix synergy, which is an annual conference held by Citrix. There were so many attendees tweeting during the conference using the same tag about their favorite sessions, insights, freebies etc. This served as a pulse of the conference for me and helped me make wise decisions in terms of how to make the most out of the conference.

So the next question is, why is this any different from all the other social networking tools. Why do you need twitter? I would like to speak from my experience. I was VERY skeptical about twitter initially. I did not even have an account till about March. Then I decided to sign up, and just like any other social networking tool, I decided to import all my contacts from gmail and followed everyone under the sun. As a result, it was nothing more than a slew of irrelevant information like where someone is heading to dinner, changing his hair color, a new car, new job, hating his wife etc. Totally worthless!!!!! My real purpose of using twitter was to make it work from a career perspective and to stay on top of industry trends and new developments in my areas of expertise. I also use it to let folks know about my latest music (since i love to sing). Since my intial approach did not really serve the purpose, I decided to start all over again. I completely cleaned up all the people I was following and started following industry experts in the field of application/server/client virtualization. I also looked at who they were following. It was clear that they were very selective in who they followed, and I also saw some trends among the various experts. This really helped me define the list of people I’d like to follow. The end result was a very refined list of updates from my friends list that ended up being a plethora of information in my field, things I would normally have to go to a gazillion blogs to track, all in one page and that too in a very concise format. I have not looked back since. Twitter is now my one stop shop from a career advancement and industry insight perspective. I get to know of the latest and greatest developments, the latest rumours in my field, whats happening where, latest product releases/reviews etc. I always feel enlghtened 🙂 It has also helped me network tremendously and also spread the word with regards to my music.

If you havent yet used twitter, I would strongly urge you to do so. When I compare all the tools out there, this is the most useful tool to stay on top of things that interest you and ONLY the things that interest you. Dont miss the boat on this one as it is here to stay! No doubt about it. Also, I would urge you to check out Tweetdeck. Below is a screenshot. I think the picture says it all 🙂 Good luck tweeting!!!!

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Keh Lene Do (Agnee Cover)

 

This is a song from an Indian contemporary rock group called Agnee. Surprisingly they are not that well known. I thank Jay Swaminathan for introducing me to their music. This is probably my favorite song of theirs. Its a romantic number which flows beautifully. I absolutely love the melody! Please do check out Agnee!

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Viva La Vida (Coldplay Cover)

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This is a very popular song from Coldplay that won a couple of Grammy’s this year. There was a lot of controversy around this song with regards to plagiarism. Regardless, this is one of their best! I havent changed much in this song (except the usual harmonies from the second verse onwards). Enjoy!

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