Sunday, April 20, 2008


It's not often that I put up a post on music, though it runs through my blood. However, some things just beg for whole-hearted appreciation, there's no denying that. This post is solely dedicated to one such endeavor.

A couple of weeks before, I was asked to take a look at the site blackstratblues. It's a website put up by a bloke named Warren Mendonsa, whom many of you having interest in music/bands based out of India might have already heard of. He's the guitarist of the band 'Zero' and though I've never heard them play, I just can't wait to see them play live as soon as I get back from DC.

Well, this site is for his first (and hopefully not last) solo album called 'Nights in Shining Karma'. It consists of eight tracks (all instrumental) and each one is unique. The album starts of with the track 'Incense', that sounds so pure and gripping. You feel the track just crying out - 'You're listening to something special. Don't tune out, there's more magic yet to come.' The next track is 'Soar the sky' which is again beautiful and keeps you hooked on.

Then come the masterpieces. The next two tracks are my personal favorites - 'Anuva's sky' and 'Blues for Gary'. All I can say is - Just go listen to it! Anuva's sky is obviously written for a loved one, and the feel you get from the song is just brilliant. It just throws you into this realm of positive energy and hope. Blues for Gary is Gilmorish jazz (if I can use that word) and is another beautiful creation. Honestly, I've run out of superlatives so I'm gonna stop. The last song in the album is 'Bombay Rain' which is powerful and delivers a punch throughout.

The best part about this whole thing is that the album is available for free download on the site. I ain't joking - I've been listening to this album atleast once everyday for the last two weeks, it's almost like a ritual now! Don't wait for another second, just go to the site and listen to the album (it plays automatically) or download it (192kbps) and enjoy!


Naveen said...

Manu thuppi thirinju pandaram adangi annakilu barca ketti tharum ..
Chelsea are goin to win the premier league and Barca ll be te champions of Europe a third time.. Sundar

stan_da_man said...

@sundar: sherriyada...kaanaam... :)

niki shredder said...

you're welcome :)

nyaana adipoli!

stan_da_man said...

@niki: onnu poyinda! ;) stop hanging around with mallu chicks and learning our language!

niki shredder said...

oooOOOooo ... didnt know you had a jingie-wingie instead of a ding-a-ling

stan_da_man said...

@niki: sho, all this from a dhaankey who can't even flai? :P

US said...

Well your post is now the 7th result on Google for

You can favorite these tracks on iLike in Facebook to spread the joy further.

stan_da_man said...

@us: it's now 5th! :) not bad..but its only 2600 results anyway...

US said...

Not anymore though!
I guess Google gives high priority to 'Freshness' thereby giving your post being in top 10.

Now your result is nowhere in 5 pages!

US said...

You are however No. 1 on Blog search.


stan_da_man said...

@us..hmm.yeah ur right..well, I thought being 5th was weird too..

US said...

Well Goog did end up rating your post highly. The PR of this post is 2 now. (Goog refreshed the PR's last week). The site overall is still at PR 4. You need to have substantially more traction to break into 5.

BTW.'s PR is 5. Infosys is 7, pmindia 6, google 10, yahoo 9. You get the idea how they stack after 5. right. It's substantially tough to break in 5 and climb thereafter.

BTW again - Goog penalized my site for not updating regularly. PR is now back to 1. Therefore keep the site fresh, else risk going down to 3, 2, 1, 0 and then none.