Social Networking – The Endless conversation

Have you ever thought about how your life was 3 years back. I for one see a lot of difference. I used to call and talk to people on the phone as opposed to texting/emailing/tweeting and messaging over facebook, my life was much more private and I was happy like that, I used a phone as a PHONE, I used to meet people in person more often, spend more time with family and look outwards for entertainment (movies/shows etc).

In the past couple of yrs, that has all changed. Social networking has redefined our lives and most of us dont even realize it. Now I wake up and the first thing I do is check my iphone for facebook/twitter/orkut updates. I am perpetually connected – right from when I wake up to when I go to bed. Sometimes I am even woken up from sleep 🙂 I am even connected while I take the train to work, while I am at work, on my way back home, when I go to shop.. You get the idea. My life is much more open now. Everyone knows what I am upto and I know what everyone else is upto. I dont like talking on the phone anymore as I’d much rather message them on facebook/orkut, tweet them or email them. This way the conversation is much more controlled 🙂 I dont really like hanging out much (I was never a very social person, but now I am worse ), I am constantly entertained by my friends posts (whether it be some funny status message, pictures, videos, youtube links etc) and no longer find the need to watch tv or other things.

Social networking has redefined everything. It has helped some of us rekindle old friendships and build new friends, made us more aware (sometimes too aware) about the latest news and what everyone is upto, it has given some of us a platform to showcase our talent and get a wider audience, find jobs,find solutions to problems, share our happiness and sorrows with others, help and be helped. Overall I think its fair to say that it has improved our quality of life for the most part and keeps us engaged in an endless conversation.

Social networking is here to stay and the sooner we jump on the bandwagon, the better. However like everything else we need to learn to draw the limits. While being so involved in the virtual world, we should be careful not to forget the real world and the people that make us who we are. We should not forget the old fashioned gestures like calling and talking to people over the phone or meeting them in person. Let us all make the most of this phenomenon and try to strike a balance between reality and the virtual world 🙂

A Christmas Wish (Gospel Collection)

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For a few years now, its been a dream of mine to make a Gospel CD of sorts with all my favorite gospel songs. This dream has finally come true and I wanted to share my joy with you all. I hope this is a new beginning in my musical life and pray that God guides me in the right path and gives me opportunities to sing and use my talent to glorify his name.

You can play the tracks below and also download the individual tracks or the entire set. I have also included the lyrics.

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Track Listing
1. Blessed Be Your Name –

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2. Another Day In Paradise –

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3. In Christ Alone –

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4. Who Am I –

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5. Jesus King of Angels –

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6. Here I Am To Worship –

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7. I Believe –

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8. I Surrender All –

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9. You Never Let Go –

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10. Give Me Jesus –

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A Merry Christmas to all of you in advance!

Nazara Hai (From the movie 8×10 Tasveer)

 

I decided to cover a hindi song for a change. Tara Balakrishnan bought me this track for my birthday and I’ve been procrastinating for a while. I love this song for its edgy vocals and lovely bass line. As always I’ve added some harmonies here n there. Hope this cover was worth your time.

Thanks for the track Tara!

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Still Got The Blues (Gary Moore Cover)

 

Its been a while since I sang anything bluesy. I love the progression of notes typically in blues and this song is no exception. Gary Moore has been on my daily playlist for about 10 years now and this is one of my favorite tracks of his. I’ve tried to capture the emotions as best as I can. Hope this takes you all to a special place.

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Fields of Gold (Sting Cover)

 

No matter how a day is or how stressed out I might be, this song always gives me peace. It takes me to a place I cannot describe. I felt the same when I sang this today. A sense of inner peace. This is a Sting classic from the album Ten Summoners Tales. I have added some harmonies and backing vocals, but other than that its pretty close to the original. I hope you feel the same way I do when you listen to this.

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Get Over It (Eagles Cover)

 

This is one of my favorite Eagles songs. I have performed this at numerous shows and decided to do it one more time for old times sake. I love the attitude with which Don Henley sings this and the lyrics. We all tend to feel sorry for ourselves all the time, and as the song goes – GET OVER IT!

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Big Love (Fleetwood Mac Cover)

 

My first cover of Fleetwood Mac. This is one of their biggest hits. I actually like the acoustic live version better, but could not find the karaoke for that one. Here is my attempt at this timeless classic.

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Grace Kelly (Mika Cover)

 

I think this is the longest I’ve stayed away from singing in the last 2 yrs or so. Not sure how many of you are familiar with this song. GraceKelly was one of my earliest covers. My mom used to love it and hence I felt I should sing it agin.

This song is a lot of fun especially coz of the crazy scale. It goes from the lower end of my range to almost the other extreme in falsettos. Breath control is also key for this song.
Hope you enjoy the cover!

Song: Grace Kelly
Artist: Mika
Covered and Mixed by: George Kuruvilla

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