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Mahesh last won the day on June 12

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About Mahesh

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    Songwriter, composer, musician, performer, producer
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    John Mayer, Damien Rice, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles, BB King, The Reign of Kindo, The Civil Wars, Otis Redding, Jason Mraz,


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  1. Oh yes of course. Healthy stuff! Besides, you know what they say Ray - "All is fair in love and party stuff"
  2. Whatever happened here, that's what lol
  3. Oh my. You guys have thrown a party down here fellas! P.S Glad the point was made and the intended point was received despite the um.. party stuff. Good day you guys!
  4. Great question Sreyashi! 1. This is something that is more like a chicken or the egg situation for me here. When I try to come up with an idea that can eventually turn into a song, I try different things out on the guitar while my mind is searching for the emotion behind the musical context. Words move all across the room like those bats coming out in a batman movie. The music, my imagination and my mind feeding certain words/stories work together to conjure a song idea. And this dance sort of continues for a while before something solid comes out of it. That whole process inspires me. It's the same dance every single time. I try to restrain my mind from making too many decisions in the initial stage cos it becomes a mess too early on. Working with a simple practice reduces options and helps for it to go in its own flow. My point is you do not have to look at the melody or the lyrics or whatever it is as a unit. A unit which needs exclusive attention. At least in the initial stage. Look at the process as a whole and let your musical capabilities however simple or skilled do its thing. Give yourself more credit. In contrast to this (though ironically relevant), I just wrote a small blog post about how you can enhance your music listening habits and I talk about the distinction of lyrics, melody or rhythm and understanding the attraction to it in the context of a song that you like. Thought it would be of interest to add it here. 2. Lyrically, songwriters immediately come to mind such as John Mayer, Damien Rice, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen but something that does pop up along with these names might be relevant here. It's a song by Vulfpeck called 1612. The lyrics border being vague and humorously pointless but it still delivers the lyrical message of the song because of a catchy groove, super tight drums and an incredible singer delivering the catchy melody. You can see how probably even you might want to sing that if you're into such music while not relating to it. Delivery of the words being expressed is helped by the musical context too. Of course, you don't have to sing a song that you lyrically dislike. But if it is just the case of you not relating to it, you can look to the other qualities of the song and get into the zone from there. And that could eventually lead to you relating to the lyric even. Most of the time, it is our mind making these "I can do this" "I can't do this" decisions. There is no reason why you can't create a whole new fictional world when you are singing a song and channel your emotions even if you don't relate to it. We've just got to get there. Speaking from my own experience. Kill Me is a song I wrote as the point of view of a woman/girl being sexually assaulted. Neither do I relate to it on a personal-life level nor is it a comfortable lyrical context you'd like to be in. But that intrigued me and of course, the internet article that initially inspired me to write the song did make me deeply emotional. And that helped me write and sing the song. Sometimes you've got to find some doorway to channel the lyrics. We'd need the right point of view to take enjoyment in performing any piece of lyric or music. Ofcourse, all this ramblin' is simply my point of view. It may not be the best or the only, but it works for me!
  5. http://www.mahesh-music.com/listening-habits-for-a-musician/ As a songwriter (and you will see if you do listen to the recent music I've put out on my SoundCloud or Youtube), my songs are quite melancholic and well, 'singer-songwriter'y. But the music I'm listening to is not along the same lines. I listen to a lot of RnB, Neo-Soul, Blues, a bit of Jazz music and more. That's usually my playlist that would keep me going on a daily basis. Sure, I do indulge myself in singer-songwriters every now and then especially when new music is released or I find a new artist that I enjoy; and I do consider John Mayer and Damien Rice my biggest influences. But they aren't on my playlist unless there's new music. In fact, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder have been huge influences for me as a musician and yet, their traces may not be easily found in the music that I do. It's always interested me to understand how this works. And I realised that our listening ears and musician ears may not necessarily be the same thing. When you are listening to a song, you get drawn to the melodies at times, sometimes the rhythm or sometimes the groove. And the words sometimes catch your ear and you get instantly addicted to it. I highly suggest that you recognise and be mindful of these decisions your mind makes. When you listen to a song that you really like. Ask yourself why you really like it. Go through the melody, dance to the groove, sing out the chorus if that is catchy. Enjoy it differently each time and notice it. Learn and try to recognise where your enjoyment for a particular piece of music is coming from. Grow that quality in you. Grow that awareness in you and it WILL help you greatly in your own creative journey through music! It has been helping me lately and I've still a way to go! Some of the artists I've been enjoying lately!
  6. My favorite song of the week is also the last week's winner. Japanese Denim by Daniel Caeser. Smooth, catchy and very well produced!
  7. Deb, I'd to remove your referral links that you'd inserted. Just wanted to give you a heads up. Cheers, Mahesh
  8. Dance Week - Groove Spoon
  9. Here's something I did recently for a compilation EP that I put out a couple weeks ago. I love minimalism! In art as well as in personal life
  10. Thanks Rob! The silent song is a really cool concept indeed. It's good to see the venue lean take the side of the artist for a change!
  11. Sorry that I didn't catch this earlier. I'm not sure whether you asked about the daily time it takes for a singer to warm up and get it to performance level singing? If you did, it pretty much depends. On the vocal health, how much rest you've given yourself the previous night, how hydrated you are/were. In my case, I do 15-20 minutes of breathing exercises first and a few stretches. And then do 30 minutes of vocal exercises (that I have experimented and decided on and found to be effective for me) over different scales. That pretty much does it every time. I feel absolutely good to go. If I still feel on rare occasions that it's not there yet, I do another round of lip rolls and that does the trick. Now on the other hand, if you were asking about how long it will take with daily practice each day to GET to a good point in being able to sing (whatever that maybe as decided by you), it depends. And that's my answer for your other question regarding multi-tasking too. Depends on how well you take care of your vocal health (or have the stamina and immunity to indulge yourself in the so called 'bad things' but this is never the approach to good vocal health. I say it with experience). Depends how well you're able to associate sensations in your body to the skill of singing itself. It's important to build good muscle memory right from the start when it comes to singing. And mindful vocal practice helps you be on your way. It also makes you more aware of any tension in your body and back off when needed. All these things are subtle in nature but extremely useful (and simple if you put your mind to it). So in such a case, being able to put some time and a place aside for your practice sessions work wonders! You might see yourself with ample but definite sessions each day working wonders for you. If you are multi-tasking, that may vary. Having said that, it doesn't mean you can't multi task and practice, especially when you've gotten to a point that you have good muscle memory of good vocal techniques. It's like you've learnt to ride the bicycle but you wake up every day, put some music on (my example of multi-tasking lol seemed appropriate) and you practice to get better. You're STILL practicing with a goal to get better but your brain and your body has built the muscle memory enough to know how to ride the bicycle while multi-tasking. Does that make sense? I find myself doing lip rolls without even realising sometimes - on the streets, in a cab and I will confess with a disclaimer that it was just once - in a public bathroom. lol EDIT: I wanted to add something that I swear heard it somewhere - Practice doesn't make one perfect, practicing perfectly makes one perfect. And that should be your focus regardless of how much time you have. Keep the exercises simple and practice being able to do those simple exercises PERFECTLY (because you know, it's a simple one we've picked). When you've nailed it down, make the exercise the TEENIEST bit more difficult. (For singers, it might be the note we are hitting. For a guitar player, it might be increasing the tempo on the metronome by 1-2 bpm, whatever it is). So tiny that you may not even notice. But your body will. Your vocal cords will. They will use the experience of the muscle memory from the previous exercise and try to accommodate in this new case, given that it would be a relatively easier task for it. And that will improve your skill by that tiny bit. After that you simply rinse and repeat! Anyways, all good stuff! Mahesh
  12. That's an interesting introduction. High school ain't ever was easy. Welcome!
  13. That's very kind of you. Thanks Rudi!
  14. 1234 \ Plain White T's This used to go around the radio quite a lot back then.