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Mouth Organ and a trip down the octaves
Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
One of the biggest hit songs during the year is Masak Ali from DELHI 6. Apart from the other factors that make it a hit song, one underlining motif that was instrumental in making the song hit was that the song was played over the mouth organ. The simplicity that mouth organ brings to a song is what endears it to the audience, and this is what has been the contributory factor in making this song a hit. The simple nodes, that are generally played in isolation, being accompanied in general by few acoustic beats has been the key factor in making mouth organ based songs a great hit.
If one talks in the Indian context, the mouth organ was a favorite instrument with Pancham aka R D Burman who was one of the most accomplished player of mouth organ. After a long time Rahman has relied on this instrument, and look what effect it has been able to achieve. If one looks in the international arena one of the biggest exponents of mouth organ has been Bob Morley and the phenomenal fan following that Morley still has is on account of heavy use of mouth organ in the songs, significantly in ''Buffalo soldiers. Mouth Organ as a matter of fact denotes a quest for freedom and it is more an instrument that is associated with the commoners. In the context of Indian films it is more symbol of hope or gay abandon. Here is then an ode to songs based on mouth organ:
Hai Apna Dil to Awara from BAAT EK RAAT KI played by Pancham is considered to be the bible as far as learning mouth organ is concerned, and it became apparent after a long time that Pancham had indeed played this song.