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BLOG POST 15: A SONG FOR MY FRIENDS

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22nd December, 2016

THE METRONOME/ BLOG POST 15

The year 2016 draws to a close. A year that has seen many ups and downs, disillusionments and shaken bonds, over events that have polarised the world, in ways stronger than ever before. A time for retrospection, a time to look back at our friendships over the years through a wider lens, to cherish the little meaningful ways in which we are still able to connect with one another as human beings. 

I'm attempting my first real collaboration at The Metronome, with A Song for My Friends, where I get together with Liza, Hrishi and Ayan to perform the song, that combines the video, shot by C B with still photographs taken by Maya. Liza is one of my oldest friends, the one who introduced me to choral music and my first ever choir. She is a documentary film maker and an educator at one of India's leading film, TV, digital media and gaming institutes. Maya lives in Chicago - she and I go way back to a common hostel where I was doing my undergrad in Architecture, and she, her post grad in Transport planning. She's also a fabulous photographer, and has had her work featured in many international publications. She posts her pics regularly on Instagram. Hrishi and Ayan are two of my youngest friends - they're an insanely talented guitarist - pianost duo, and both of them write, compose, produce, perform and sing their own music as well. They have their own YouTube channel where they post their work frequently. 

SONG AND VIDEO CREDITS :

Vocals : Liza ( Elizabeth Zopari ), Hrishi Giridhar, Ayan Banerjee, Sawan Dutta

Guitars : Hrishi Giridhar

Keys : Sawan Dutta, Ayan Banerjee

Song written, composed, produced by Sawan Dutta

Still photographs : Maya Tatineni

Video : C. B. Arun Kumar and Sawan Dutta

SONG LYRICS : 

Here's a song I dedicate

To the many friends I've made

To bonds that stand the test of time

To friendships that won't fade

The friends we love, the friends we fear

The friends we call up once a year

The friends with whom we drink and dine

The friends we only know online

We've had our ups we've had our downs

Saffron kings and orange clowns

We've spoken words that we regret

Said some bitter words, and yet

When we look back on our lives

When all our deeds are done

We shall meet in magic lands

Where the water meets the sun

And know, whenever you hear

This song playing on your phone

That your friends both far and near

Are with you, you're not alone