Monsoon’s here upon us, sans the rains… Humid air and cloudy nights result in the perfect recipe for a sleepless night, or at least the nights where it’s often headphones for company as star chart above the head rotates slowly, heralding the morning even while ensuring that the dreams are not disturbed.

I had long back prepared a playlist of songs that I would listen to in such scenarios. Where they’re not loud enough to break the mood, they’re not somber enough to lull one into sleep. So here are a few songs that you’d like to get introduced to if you want to keep a company.

Disney’s Cruella (2021) brought the classic ‘Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps’ to fore yet again. There are so many versions of the song, you can get the entire range from Doris Day to Pussycat Dolls. But its Spanish version ‘Quizás, Quizás, Quizás’ is also equally loved – with Nat King Cole to Andrea Bocelli’s renditions available. What we are going to talk about today is of Tonina Saputo, an American musician with Italian and African background (as per Berklee College of Music).

The rawness of vocals may hit the right chords and you may fall in love with the song all over again.

Another song is from American band Cigarettes after Sex. Often used in OST of films and shows, the song has the perfect vibe of a still but restless night with lyrics like

Got the music in you baby, tell me why
Got the music in you baby, tell me why
You’ve been locked in there forever
And they just can’t say goodbye

For the Indian section, I would introduce you to a channel I’ve also stumbled upon recently. After Cigarettes and Sex, it’s When Chai met Toast! :). Many of them may come off as renditions of better-known songs, but give it some time, and this Kochi-based band will grow on you.

The attempt of this playlist is to introduce artists and songs we don’t generally come across, but when it’s about night and music, can’t resist putting one of my favourites. It’s a very very well-known song, of course, but it’s close to my heart with its perfect music, scenery and sweet-sour tinge of yearning.

There should be a post entirely on the films that bombed but whose music lived on.. But that’s idea for another post…

Happy YouTubin!

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