Here’s my twelfth entry for Laura’s Weekly Song Challenge. Here’s a link to Laura’s blog https://lavent69.blog/2019/11/11/weekly-song-challenge-round-37/
This week Laura has given us these three topics to find songs for. We have to post a song that is about our country, post a song that has the color-red, white, or blue in either the title or the lyrics, and sandwiched in between is post a song that is patriotic.
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1. Post a song that is about your country.
“God Bless America” is an American patriotic song written by Irving Berlin during World War I in 1918 and revised by him in the run up to World War II in 1938. The later version has notably been recorded by Kate Smith, becoming her signature song. “God Bless America” takes the form of a prayer (intro lyrics “as we raise our voices, in a solemn prayer”) for God’s blessing and peace for the nation (“…stand beside her and guide her through the night…”). Following the September 11 terrorist attacks, Canadian pop star Celine Dion performed the song on the TV special America: A Tribute to Heroes. Shortly afterwards on October 16, Sony Music Entertainment released a benefit album called God Bless America, which featured Dion singing the song. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and became the first charity album to reach the top since USA for Africa’s “We Are the World” in 1985. Dion’s version also received enough radio airplay to reach No. 14 on Billboard’s Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. The music video was made and aired in September 2001. Dion performed the song also a few times during 2002. In 2003, she performed it at Super Bowl XXXVII. She sang it on July 4, 2004 in her A New Day… show as well. “God Bless America” performed by Dion exists in two versions, live and studio. Both included on collections to gather funds for the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and their families. The live version, on America: A Tribute to Heroes, is from the telethon event of the same name that took place on September 21, 2001. The studio version is on the God Bless America album, a patriotic songs CD. It was recorded on September 20, 2001, the day before the American telethon. It was meant to be a replacement for the performance in the event something happened and Dion could not appear.
Breathless is the 1998 Indi-pop album by Indian singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan featuring lyricist Javed Akhtar. It was the album that first made Mahadevan famous. The title track, “Breathless,” is a steady stream of a song that goes on not without a break, stanzas, verse or apparently even a pause for breath. The length of the part of the song which is ‘breathless’ is about three minutes. Mahadevan made the album in collaboration with Akhtar, a reputed lyricist in the Indian music industry. Renu Desai was a model and appeared in the music video of Shankar Mahadevan’s “Breathless”. The album won the award for Best Non-film Album at the 1998 Screen Awards. In 2018, Mahadevan recreated the song to highlight the programmes and initiatives of the Narendra Modi-led government.
2. Post a song that is patriotic.
Vande Mataram is a 1997 studio album by Indian musician A. R. Rahman. It is Sony Music India’s largest-selling non-film album to date. It released on December 9, 1997 by Sony’s music labels Columbia Records and SME Records. It was released on the Golden Jubilee anniversary of India’s independence and has been instrumental in instilling a sense of patriotic pride and national unity amongst the people of India. Ever since release, both the album and its title song “Maa Tujhe Salaam” have had a profoundly positive and unifying impact on the nationalistic and patriotic mood of the country. A critical and commercial hit, the title song from the album is one of India’s most popular songs of all time. Sung by Rahman himself, the song has come to represent a feeling of patriotic unity for India and has been performed or played at several national and regional events in the country. The popularity of the song was such that in 2002, when BBC World Service conducted an international poll to choose the ten most famous songs of all time from around 7000 songs selected from all over the world, “Maa Tujhe Salaam” was voted second. The track also holds two Guinness World Records for being the song performed in the most number of languages. Indian singer Sai “Psychuck” Manapragada performed the track in 265 different languages (individually) and again in 277 languages (with chorus) to achieve this feat twice. Rahman was also issued an Guinness World Record certificate for being the composer of the original song which was ceremoniously presented to Rahman after his concert in Oakland, CA, USA on September 12, 2010. The album won the 1997 Screen Videocon Award for Best Non-Film Album.
“America (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee)” is an American patriotic song, the lyrics of which were written by Samuel Francis Smith. The melody used is the same as that of the national anthem of the United Kingdom, “God Save the Queen”. The song served as one of the de facto national anthems of the United States (along with songs like “Hail, Columbia”) before the adoption of “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the official U.S. national anthem in 1931. Samuel Francis Smith wrote the lyrics to “America” in 1831 while a student at the Andover Theological Seminary in Andover, Massachusetts. Smith gave Mason the lyrics he had written, and the song was first performed in public on July 4, 1831, at a children’s Independence Day celebration at Park Street Church in Boston. The first publication of “America” was in 1832.
3. Post a song that has the color-red, white or blue in either the title or lyrics.
Govindudu Andarivadele (lit. The lord is a people’s man), also known by the acronym GAV, is a 2014 Indian Telugu-language action drama film written and directed by Krishna Vamsi. Produced by Bandla Ganesh for Parameswara Art Productions, the film features Ram Charan, Srikanth, Kajal Aggarwal and Kamalinee Mukherjee in the lead roles, while Prakash Raj, Jayasudha, Rahman and Adarsh Balakrishna play supporting roles. Yuvan Shankar Raja composed the film’s soundtrack and score while Sameer Reddy worked as the cinematographer. Govindudu Andarivadele portrays a “non-residential Indian” named Abhiram who visits his grandfather Balaraju’s house as a student of agriculture. He actually came to reconcile the differences between his father, Chandrasekhar Rao, and Balaraju. The pair parted ways as Chadrasekhar went to the US while Balaraju stayed and built a charitable hospital for local people. Abhiram succeeds in winning over family members, and Balaraju understands the truth behind Abhiram and his attempts. The film was released worldwide on 1 October 2014 to generally positive feedback from critics. The film became one of the highest grossing Telugu films of 2014.
62nd Filmfare Awards South
|Best Male Playback Singer – Telugu||Hariharan for “Neeli Rangu Cheeralona”||Nominated|
Rowdy Fellow is a 2014 Telugu language political action-drama film, written and directed by Krishna Chaitanya and produced by T. Prakash Reddy under his banner Moviemills, and presented by Cinema 5. This hybrid genre film stars Nara Rohit and Vishakha Singh in the lead roles, while Rao Ramesh, Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao, Posani Krishna Murali, Supreeth, Praveen, Ahuti Prasad, and Madhunandan, among others, play supporting roles. Sunny has composed music for the film. The film’s music released on 16 September 2014 to enthusiastic reviews on the web. Honourable Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri Nara Chandra Babu Naidu, blessed the unit members on the eve of the event. Thereafter, the album topped the Telugu music charts for weeks to follow.