This is the first year since starting Girl at the Piano, that I have decided to write a musical highlights of the year post. I feel blessed to say that there have been many such moments for me this year, and as it is now December and 2018 draws closer, I felt that it would be a good time to reflect on the highs of the year.
The start of the year was rather quiet for me on the Music front, especially in the Bollywood Music scene. It began to pick up when my favourite multi-talented artist Himesh Reshammiya came as a judge on quite possibly one of the most popular seasons of SaReGaMaPa Lil Champs. This reality show continued well into October, as it received an extension, after gaining the continuous amount of high trp (viewership). Two more videos from Himeshji’s second private album Aap Se Mausiiquii, also released at the beginning of the year. The tracks were Trippy and Every Night and Day. They are both my favourites from the album as we get to see a different side to Himeshji’s Music in both of them!
While I continued to enjoy watching SaReGaMaPa Lil Champs every weekend, I also hopped in and out of the Bollywood music reviews scene, and I chose to write a couple of reviews for the following soundtracks for Bollyspice (Bhoomi, Baadshaho and A Gentleman). One particular song which definitely caught my attention from the A Gentleman soundtrack, was Disco Disco. I also loved Haareya from Meri Pyari Bindu, even though I did not review the soundtrack.
Heading into the summer, I received the wonderful opportunity to attend the AR Rahman 25 years concert at the SSE Arena in Wembley, thanks to Bollyspice. I had a wonderful time during this musical evening, and if you would like to read my of the concert, then you can read it here. I also re connected with a lot of my favourite Western Music artists this year, as they released brand new albums: Anastacia, Shania Twain, Seal, The Corrs and Emeli Sande. I reviewed 3 of these albums for the first time, for Girl at the Piano: Evolution by Anastacia, Now by Shania Twain, and Jupiter Calling by The Corrs.
The month of October saw another musical dream of mine since the past 2 years, come true as I finally got the chance to interview India’s Fabulous Four SANAM! It was a true musical experience and I thank the band and their team for being so supportive, and even participating in a new travel diary concept, which I had the opportunity to create for them. The end of October saw Girl at the Piano collaborate with the Artist Aloud platform! After Arya Entertainment, this is my second collaboration and I am thrilled to be working with such a team who supports new music talents, from all kinds of music genres and music backgrounds.
I also continued to bring many updates from Arya Entertainment throughout the year, and next year will see them release a lot of singles so keep watching this space for more details! I am currently loving The Voice India Kids reality show, as I get to see my favourite Himesh Reshammiya at his entertaining best, on the show. Supporting Team HR all the way!
I am looking forward to the New Year and I am interested to see what this will bring for us, music wise in both Bollywood and Western music scene. Many thanks to all who have taken time out to read my blog posts and life updates here at Girl at the Piano. Wishing you all a happy festive season!