19 September 2005

Monday's mp3: She Seemed Like Such a Sweet Girl...

Kronos Quartet & Asha Bhosle
You've Stolen My Heart: Songs from R.D. Burman's Bollywood

Ever read the lyrics to a familiar song only to discover you had no idea the real meaning? I just had one of those moments. Some years back, the song "Dum Maro Dum" snuck into my consciousness. Its catchy refrain can easily get lodged in your brain, and I figured that wasn't such a bad thing, since the refrain includes the Vaishnava chant "Hare Krishna, Hare Ram."

Boy did I have it wrong. The notes to this new CD of collaborations between the audacious Kronos Quartet and the prolific Asha Bhosle tell a sordid tale. The song is from the 1971 film Hare Rama, Hare Krishna, which tells the tale of a wayward Indian girl who's fallen in with a hippie commune in Katmandu. She sings of "the nihilistic joys of smoking your cares away." The song title, by the way, translates as "Take Another Toke."

Monday's Mp3: Kronos Quartet & Asha Bhosle: "Dum Maro Dum"

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