A tribute to a legend and a scholar who captured my heart.

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A tribute to a legend and a scholar who captured my heart.

Postby GpeL » Sun Mar 22, 2015 6:53 pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_B._Higgins

Jon B Higgins.. HIs redering of Krishna nee begane baro (Kannada, Style carnatic, MIsraa chapu talam, Yamuna kalyani raga (I think.. I have to have my keyboard in front of me to be sure of that.. but the aroha avroha seems to fit the pattern).


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Postby GpeL » Sun Mar 22, 2015 6:59 pm

Endaro Mahanubhavulu sri ragam, talam adi.


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Postby GpeL » Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:03 pm

I just listened to Endaro Mahanubhavulu. and here is the beauty of jon's redition of it.

It is a complicated composition with loads of subtelities to it.. but jon's made it so simple and extra melodious.

Here it is done by chembai vaidyanatha baghavatar for example.. you can see how different the two are..Amazing.



Can you see the beauty of his style?

Awsome.. I have heard it before but never compared the two. Absolutely mesmerizing.

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Postby GpeL » Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:08 pm

I will continue this later.. first I have to down load a TON of carnatic songs.. (10 or so of jon and the rest of others instrumental and vocal.. (usrinivas, etc etc.. except balmurlikrishna who I hate).

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Re: A tribute to a legend and a scholar who captured my heart.

Postby afghankhan » Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:24 pm

So when you have done something bad you punish yourself with listening to this?

This is literally ....
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Re: A tribute to a legend and a scholar who captured my heart.

Postby afghankhan » Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:28 pm

prima nan da do randa ko aaa ourn eee aaa ou randa aaa oooo hmmmm ka go randa handa hahoooo

asa sa sani sa pa pa ni sa gni gni gni ra re sa se sa na ma ga se sa se.

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Postby GpeL » Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:37 pm

afghankhan wrote:So when you have done something bad you punish yourself with listening to this?

This is literally ....


Well I cannot exactly blame you because first the language is unknown.. plus the style is unknwon.

This is pure music.. no jingbang waa waa , sustains and all that bull shit.. pure notes.

And my children also cannot appreciate it cos they have been brought up listening to western pop songs. I have seen people react the same to mozart for example..

This thread is for two reasons. Jon was a true knowledge seeker and his passion was music. He performed western style too.. and second, he was killed at such a time when he really was starting his exploration by a drunk driver.

Third he gives me a feeling that him, a foreigner.. a guy who has had no connection to Indian culture except music could do such a beautiful justice to the compositions of few hundered years ago, and I cannot given I am a red blooded south indian, who speaks multiple south indian language and can play the keyboards well and have sung on stage too once. So I am not a "anadi" to music and I am not an Anadi to India, And I am not an anadi to south india or carnatic music!!! But I CANNOT do what he has done.. hell not even 1% of justice to what he has done. That my man deserves respect..

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Postby GpeL » Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:40 pm

Guess where this itch to download his songs lead me.. to a treasure trove.. lord.. there are so many carnatic songs there which I was hunting for from a long long time!!!

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Re: A tribute to a legend and a scholar who captured my heart.

Postby afghankhan » Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:47 pm

How did Mozart leave his music behind?

Did they guy get to record anything or it's just his compositions on paper left behind?
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Postby GpeL » Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:56 pm

Well he played and his music was recorded in sheet music which survives to this day.. same with beethovan, wagner et. al.. he used to play and such during his days.. but obviously those days there were no recordings except on paper which experts re-create. Same is the case with thyagaraja kritis etc.. it was handed down as music lessons vocally and scripts.. now we have recordings by masters but those days it was just father to son to guru to desciples to whatever was written.. that is about it.