Biren dai, Just came to know that you are releasing your new song JHARI. Didn’t know you wrote too until recent days; I have only seen you play drums and percussion?
Hello hello, what a pleasant call. Been a while, Kiran bhai. (Laughs) I didn’t know either. I wrote my first song about six/seven years ago on a flight to Boston and sent it to a friend of mine. You must have guessed who. Well, we will talk about it more when the song is ready. Anyways, he loved the song so much that he did a rough melody and sent it to me in just a couple of days. Though that one is still in the making, this encouraged me a great deal and made me believe that I can be creative in writing songs.
Very interesting dai. Now could you please tell us about your current project Jhari, a song really close to your heart?
(deep breath) This song is about a dad and son’s journey. 2020 has been a very rough year and caused headaches, loss, and pain for people in many ways. For me it’s been the saddest year so far as I lost my father in the beginning of the year. This song is very special and close to my heart.
“It’s not possible to put together one’s 50+ years’ story in 5 mins but tried to express some of the journey with my father and share with you all through this song.”
I feel that many kids who are away from their parents and/or lost them will be able to relate to this creation. And the fathers whose kids are far away would be able to relate as well, I think.
(Pause) I wish to release the song in about two weeks on the one year death anniversary of my dad, but we don’t want to rush and compromise the quality. Everyone has worked hard on this collaboration and I don’t want to release anything less than one envisioned. You know Bijay Adhikari, he did a fantastic job in composing and singing it. His left-hand guitar work needs no elaboration, it’s impeccable I would say. My nephew Ashish Singh arranged it and did an amazing job on the piano. Bishwo Harsha Bajracharya lent his artistry to make my concept come to life in the video. His artwork is unbelievably magical. I wanted to take a different approach through artwork to narrate the lyrics and in the meantime not overwhelm the listeners like with typical/dramatic music videos, so that they can actually listen to the song. The thought process behind this video is to allow the listeners to feel the song and to traverse through the journey without much distraction; simplicity is my take here. Last but not the least, Jay Harper did a splendid job in playing the drums and mastering the final mix. I would like to take a moment to thank these extremely talented guys from the bottom of my heart.
Dai I am so sorry for your loss. I am sure wherever your dad is, he would be very proud of your creativity. I must ask how the song came to you?
Thanks brother, I appreciate it! His soul is always with me. I have lived away from home for many years since my engineering days. Yet he has always been with me in spirit, I still feel the same way. Sorry for taking you down my emotional memory lane.
Though the song is a bit on a sad note, it encompasses many happy memories. Actually, I wrote this almost about two years ago. Dad wasn’t feeling well during that time and I had been receiving concerning calls from my brother. One of those days, I was in Miami for work, and alone in the hotel room. You know how Miami rain is, it was raining very hard that night. I was lonely, away from family and just had to call back home. (pause)
There you go, the rain coming down hard and pounding on the windows, along with two margaritas I had with dinner might have done the magic.(laughs)
I texted the song to Bijay and within a few minutes he sent me the melody, that’s how it started taking shape. Then in the next few days I sent him my idea for the verse, and he sent his. We liked both and decided to put both of our melodies in the song. I am extremely happy with our collaboration and it gives a bit of a different flavor from the traditional Nepali song compositions. Hope you and other listeners will like it.