It was one of those Sundays when I was lazing around at home dong nothing, when I got a call from Saurabh Lalwani, a good friend of my good friend Anupam (Pam, going forward).
Though I hadn’t spoken to Saurabh at all until then, I had come to know a lot about him from Pam while in Shillong. Saurabh was Pam’s college mate from NIT Surat. While in Surat, he had developed a keen interest towards music, so much that he decided to make a career out of it. I was very surprised at the sound quality of the songs Pam had sung for Saurabh and was hoping I could sing for him, someday.
So I was elated when Saurabh asked me if I could sing for him. The song was a medley of two songs – Noor-E-Khuda from ‘My Name is Khan’ and ‘Walk On’ by U2 (Unnecessary Trivia: Sachin Tendulkar’s favorite band :P).
The next weekend, I went to Vaishali to start recording for the song, ‘Noor-E-Khuda’. It wasn’t easy for me, considering it was my first recording in 7 years. The scale of the song (D) too was two notes higher than the highest I’ve ever sung in my life (C). All did not go well initially since I couldn’t hit the high notes in D. After a week’s practice in D, I did manage to hit the high notes and Saurabh recorded them. Noor-E-Khuda was born.
Saurabh had already recorded the other portions of the song as well as the ‘Walk-On’ part with Bhavya, Utkarsh and Chanchal, all of them being established musicians in their fields; Bhavya – vocal, Utkarsh – keys, Chanchal – Tabla and Saurabh – Guitar and vocals. After the song was done completely, we decided to take it a level further by making a video – on the lines of a home jam.
According to me, it has come out really really well. The song is releasing this Friday (19th Dec, 2014). Watch it and let us know your comments.