It has been a long time since I did one of these. Because life happened. But I wanted to do one of these because they’re actually a lot of fun to do and I get to talk about some pretty interesting people and projects.
This week I’m jotting down everything that needs to multiply. These things exist, which is good, but they need to exist even more. There needs to be a lot more of all of this.
1. More cheeky humour and all things Jazz; Blue Sax ‘Jana’
I’ve always had a thing for music. But I must confess that local love ballads do have a tendency of being sickly sweet. Which is fine for half the year, but as we approach the summer I’m usually more than done with typical romantic songs. Which is why I love this sardonic little number by local Jazz band Blue Sax. ‘Jana’ has an easy tone and sarcastic lyrics, and rather than praise the oft praised journey leading up to “happily ever after” it delves into what happens after the bloom has left the rose garden. More, I say, more sarcastic love songs.
2. More Scenic beauty; Chalay Thay Saath Trailer
The film ‘Chalay thay saath’ has been in the news because it is set in Pakistan’s beautiful North. Early last month we were treated to the trailer, and it is literally endless shots of snow-capped mountains, lush green valleys and hill stations.
Yes, the story appears to be compelling. Yes, there is an intriguing romance. Yes, the actors are acting. But the real star of the show is the setting. The word ‘stunning’ is criminally overused, but in this case it is the only word that can describe just how lovely it all looks.
3. More genuine effort; Ali Hyder Painting Time Lapse
Ali Hyder is one of the animators for Mano Animation Studios, and I have spoken about his work before but I wanted to talk about this recent video that he uploaded.
It shows him painting a scene and there are a couple of reasons I like this. Firstly, the end product is really nice which is what I look for in art. I also like it as someone who loves to binge-watch Youtube videos. But ultimately the thing that I love the most about it is that it showcases just how much effort goes into animation. Often anything that isn’t live-action is written off as “for kids” which I hate because I’ve always loved paintings as a mode of storytelling, and animation is essentially just hours and hours of moving paintings. I’m hoping that ‘The Glassworker’ changes some people’s perceptions about animation, but I’m also hoping that talented artists like Ali get more recognition for just how good they are at what what they do.
4. More live performances; Mooroo Live Sessions Tasveer
Now, I know that we have a lot of people turning towards live performances, the latest of these is Taimoor Salahuddin (Mooroo). But I really like these and sincerely hope that this isn’t a trend that goes away. For a song, the focal point is melody. For music videos, the production and set design are more important. For live performances, the most important aspect is being able to appreciate how much work goes into making music.
For example, I’ve always felt that Tasveer is one of Moroo’s better songs (if you know anything about him as an artists then you know that he swings between high voltage and serenity, this one belongs to the latter category) I’ve always loved the lyrics, melody and composition.
But until I saw the recent live version, I didn’t fully appreciate how much of a team effort a song is.
It is an entertainer’s job to make their work seem effortless so that we as an audience can consume it with ease. But, sometimes I feel that we owe artists a little bit more appreciation than we are willing to dish out.
Hopefully, the string of live performances can help us understand why.
5. More Creative Talent; Manal S. Ali art
I’m always on the lookout for visual artists. In fact, that is why I love doing these because it gives me a chance to talk about people who deserve some love. And this young lady is such a person. There’s a lot to love about her work, but one of the things that I like is that she doesn’t limit herself to a particular type of illustration. For example, if you visit her page, there are a lot of comic-strip inspired projects, but then you also have this lovely landscape painting.
It’s all lovely, and there needs to be more of it in the world.