Saturday, May 13, 2006

Tribute to Alison Krauss

"Alison Krauss" the name itself espouse the feeling of admiration for this child prodigy who at the age of 14 stormed the American country music scene and redefined the acceptability of 'Bluegrass' in American mainstream music.Bluegrass is a type of music considered to be inherited from the immigrants of the British Isles.To the uninitiated it is basically played on stringed instruments using instruments like banjo, fiddle, mandolin, etc to create sound in the highest voice.Alison is considered to be one of the most prolific fiddle player and have won numerous awards at a very tender age.She released her first album"Too late to cry"when she was barely 16 that made headlines across the American country music circuit.But then she teamed up with Union Station to deliver her second album"Two Highways".This created quite a murmer and she went on releasing multiple albums teaming with Union Station.Her devotion to servicing a song is represented by her increasingly restrained approach to fiddle playing and softened vocals.

Alsion Krauss may not be so popular to mainstream Indian music lovers,though the afficianadoes of country music that I have come across (many in Bombay at least!) do surely have heard of her music.Alison is a multi Grammy award winner,winner of more Grammys than any female artist till date.She was awarded the special musical acheivement award by the Recording Industry Association of America.Alison's music is shaped by her interest in timeless songs of sadness, regret, longing and loneliness.

Check out a part of the lyric of her single "It don't matter now"

It's finally come Is that sorry on your breath?
Where were you when I was sitting back here

Missing you to death?

It don't matter now
How, I wanna know
Can you tell me plain and true
How high will you fly
Without me there to be your sky?

Do check out one of her breathtaking single " When you say Nothing at All ", that won her the Single of the Year-1995 and have been re-done by many artists till date.You need a Real Player or any other music player to listen to it.So what are you waiting for..

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Chief Critic Officer !

Corporations have always had an affinity to give some wonderful names to the top hierarchy...CEO,CSO,CFO,and the list goes on.In fact,Apple's boss Steve Jobs defined his position as iCEO!I was wondering if corporations need to seriously put in some thought of having people like a Chief Critic Officer or CCO(considering my immense love for these ubiquitous jargons!)
I have always found it funny that though we talk about open-culture(how does one define it)but we tend to ignore the discussion of what is wrong with the organization,though this happens to be the favourite gravepine doing rounds the corporate corridors or the canteen or office get-together.
Why can't organizations foster the spirit among employees where they could critize the way things are been run from a strategic or operational point of view.Of course,I only subscribe to the idea of collating their feedback by a responsible authority..maybe the CCO.She should also be responsible in mixing with the customers or masquerading as one of them to find out what the customers think about their organization.This would help the organization to understand the real perception fostered in the minds of the stakeholders.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Back again!

Back again scribbling in the long forgotten pages of my virtual diary..
I was listening to Anne Murray's You Needed Me and became nostalgic of those days in high school when the lyrics of this song was an anthem for us.Just wanted to scribble a part of the song that I like the most..

To stand alone again
To face the world
Out on my own again
You put me high upon a pedestal
So high that I could almost see eternity...

You held my hand
When it was cold
When I was lost
You took me home
You gave me hope
When I was at the end
And turned my lies
Back into truth again
You even called me friend

Not a better way to restart an innings!