Friday, August 19, 2011

The Guitar falls Silent

Padmarajan and Bharathan held him and his work close to their heart, Sathyan Anthikkad held his work dear.

Cinema Buffs nay casual followers would know the person I am talking about has to be extremely talented and versatile to get the respect of these great directors, Johnson or Johnson Mash was just that.

The image I have of him (Have never met him personally) is leaning into a microphone his fingers drawing soulful music from his ubiquitous guitar. I dont know his full name he was always Johnson, just Johnson.
AIR Chalachitra Ganangal program was where I first heard his name (the announcer saying the movie name, the lyricist name and last sangeetham Johnson). Then saw it on screen -background music Johnson-, then - music Johnson. Then again and again his name kept on popping up during my growing years, so and so in my mind one of the names good music is synonymous with is Johnson.

I saw his name on the news scroller on TV announcing his passing away at 8.30 pm on August 19, 2011. The Guitar in my mind twanged out of tune, the string broken.

Kannerpoovinte kavilil thalodi he has begun his final journey.

"So I say
Thank you for the music, the songs I'm singing
Thanks for all the joy they're bringing
Who can live without it, I ask in all honesty
What would life be?
Without a song or a dance what are we?
So I say thank you for the music
For giving it to me" (ABBA)

He lived his life to a Fare-thee- well! Goodbye Johnson!

Monday, January 3, 2011


A New Year, a New Decade
A new Beginning

BUT what is New
Old baggage hangs on
Old ghosts haunt
Old debts unpaid
Old promises unfulfilled

Old ties stay, Old friends remain
Old hugs still tight
Old kisses still fragrant
Old dreams rekindled

New hopes arise
New horizons to conquer
New bonds to be forged
New paths to be explored

A New Year, a New Decade
A new Beginning

Happy New Year