My relationship with Amir Zaki

Amir Zaki, a man who needs no introduction at all. A man who knew music to the core and had tremendous respect for it. He was a guitarist-songwriter and composer from Pakistan. He was known for his melodic phrasing, feel, and tone. He was better known as the ultimate guitar maestro. Now here comes the question..what was my relationship with Amir Zaki? Amir Zaki was part of my childhood as much as barbies were. I had siblings who were crazy about him , I had a sister who bought a guitar so she could learn to play like the legend that we all know as Amir Zaki. I had a brother who would turn up the volume of the tv as soon as his music videos were aired. We all used to sit glued to the TV waiting for MCC Music Channel Charts every weekend. His music was a huge part of my childhood. He is one singer who didn’t aim to commercialize his music rather kept it as classy as one could imagine.

Mera Pyar was his greatest hit. Here is another one of his classics. Now do your ears a favour and get hold of your earphones for this one. This has no lyrics but it’s awesome.

Definitely worth it, wasn’t it?

“People are people” is another classic by this legend.

He was a member of the extremely popular band Vital Signs before he came out with his debut solo album called “Signature” and gave the world a song that we still love “Mera Pyar”.

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His grey haired sexiness, decent, sober & classy personality will always be remembered. He left the world this afternoon at the age of 49. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Many youngsters tried to play guitar like him back in the days, he is the reason many believed that they could sing and be part of the music industry.

Here is some of his best work.

Amir Zaki on the drive thru with Wes Malik

Alamgir and Amir Zaki

Amir Zaki for Coke Studio

Before signing off, I give you “Mera Pyar”

 

Kiss From A Rose

I still remember the first time I listened to this song on the radio, I fell madly, deeply in love with it. I was sitting with my mom in her room when the RJ played this amazing song. Each night we used to turn on the radio and listen to insane music being played around 11pm on FM 100. (Back in Pakistan) That was a new radio station and the RJ’s were super good at what they did. The late night show used to be something! Great unforgettable music. My mom was into music as much as we kids were. It was always such a pleasure sitting next to her, listening to music, talking about different singers, our favorites and the whole shebang. It surely brings back memories of the days when my sister, friends and I used to turn the lights off in the room and listen to it at a super high volume. Lights from the equalizer on my music system used to seem so magical. What days!!!

This song was released in 1994, it was re-released as the soundtrack for Batman Forever in 1995. At the 1996 Grammy Awards, it won awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance ( Seal).

Lyrics are beautiful. Those of you who’ve never heard of this one (which I would find surprising), I would suggest you get your best headphones out, listen to the song while keeping the lyrics in front of you so you don’t miss a thing.

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Seal “Kiss From A Rose”  (youtube link given below)

There used to be a graying tower alone on the sea.
You became the light on the dark side of me.
Love remained a drug that’s the high and not the pill.
But did you know,
That when it snows,
My eyes become large and
The light that you shine can be seen.
Baby,
I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the gray.
Ooh,
The more I get of you,
The stranger it feels, yeah.
And now that your rose is in bloom.
A light hits the gloom on the gray.
There is so much a man can tell you,
So much he can say.
You remain,
My power, my pleasure, my pain, baby
To me you’re like a growing addiction that I can’t deny.
Won’t you tell me is that healthy, baby?
But did you know,
That when it snows,
My eyes become large and the light that you shine can be seen.
Baby,
I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the gray.
Ooh, the more I get of you
The stranger it feels, yeah
Now that your rose is in bloom.
A light hits the gloom on the gray,
I’ve been kissed by a rose on the gray,
I’ve been kissed by a rose
I’ve been kissed by a rose on the gray,
…And if I should fall along the way
I’ve been kissed by a rose
…been kissed by a rose on the gray.
There is so much a man can tell you,
So much he can say.
You remain
My power, my pleasure, my pain.
To me you’re like a growing addiction that I can’t deny, yeah
Won’t you tell me is that healthy, baby.
But did you know,
That when it snows,
My eyes become large and the light that you shine can be seen.
Baby,
I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the gray.
Ooh, the more I get of you
The stranger it feels, yeah
Now that your rose is in bloom,
A light hits the gloom on the gray.
Yes I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the gray
Ooh, the more I get of you
The stranger it feels, yeah
And now that your rose is in bloom
A light hits the gloom on the gray
Now that your rose is in bloom,
A light hits the gloom on the gray.

|Faces| “James Morrison”

James Morrison, the incredibly brilliant, gifted guy from Warwickshire England, born on August 13, 1984, has a voice that is almost impossible to get out of mind once you have listened to his extraordinary music.


He rose to fame and success with his single “You give me something” in 2007, leaving the world in awe of his voice, great videos and charming looks. The song is featured on his debut album, “Undiscovered”, which was released on 31 July 2006. The song has been nominated for a BRIT award in the category Best British Single Shortlist in 2007. Not to mention he looks like Chris Martin’s long lost brother, the resemblance is uncanny, especially when his hair is shorter.

In the world of today, when most music videos are based on nudity, his music videos are refreshingly simple yet classy. Singers like him are a reminder that there is still great music out there. He attributes his distinctive voice to a severe bout of whooping cough that nearly killed him when he was a baby. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that his music is irresistibly addictive. He has four marvellous albums to his name to date

  • Undiscovered (2006)
  • Songs for you, Truths for me (2008)
  • The Awakening (2011)
  • Higher than here (2015)

I absolutely love his music, a few being absolute favorites

His official website is http://www.jamesmorrisonmusic.com/
The website is stunning, suits his personality perfectly! Do check it out!

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A few years ago when he was at the peak of his career, when he was the toast of the music industry, a string of sold-out arena shows under his belt and his third platinum-selling album topping the charts. James Morrison disappeared. His soulful voice fell silent, the appearances dried up and baffled fans were kept waiting and waiting for his next release.Morrison had become a virtual recluse from the music scene, holed up in the mansion that his six million album sales had bought him. He suffered three tragedies in three years losing his father, brother and nephew. Grief sometimes hits us in ways that we can’t explain, but once we emerge from the darkness, we come out much stronger, more able and mostly a better version of ourselves. He used to be a trained carpet fitter before he came out with his music and won hearts of million around the world.

Dating one woman for more than 10 years makes me think highly of this man indeed. Gill Catchpole and James Morrison had a beautiful daughter named Elsie.



Signing Off
W&S

 

We are back!

Hello everyone! Yes I realize that I have been away for quiet some time but life has its own way of keeping us occupied in ways that are beyond our control. Anyway I’m back with more to share with you all 🙂 Can’t wait to get started! Let’s begin! Cheers!

My BIG to do list!

Endless chores,endless tasks, daily lists, weekly lists and monthly goals…we all have these written somewhere…but then one day i sat down to make a list of all the things i want to do in the next 5 to 10 years….my BIG to do list! And no this isn’t just about regular routine things, this gives some meaning to my everyday life. it gives me something to look forward to..things that i always have at the back of my head but i don’t talk about them or write them down. So today i decided to jot everything down…(well not everything,but a few of them…)

So here is my BIG to do list:

Travel the world

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Start my own preschool

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Learn to swim

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Learn to play the guitar

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See the northern lights

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See the pyramids

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Write books for children

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Hot air balloon ride

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Take kids to Disneyland

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Watch the world cup final-live

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Visit a palace

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Deep sea diving

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Ride a bike

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Help build a mosque

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Play volleyball again

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Horseback riding

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Make a difference in someone’s life

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Learn to cook different cuisines from the world’s best chefs

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Be part of a flash mob

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Read more books

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Buy my own house

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Enroll my daughters in a ballet class

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Dance with the man I love

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Be my own boss

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Try new things in life without any hesitation

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I’m sure if i keep sitting here, a gazillion other things would start popping up in my head so let’s wrap this up! i would love to hear about your BIG to do list, share the top 3 things on your wishlist 🙂

Be happy, keep others happy. Life is too short, make each day count. Try not to hurt the one’s your love or the one’s who love you. Cherish each other before the time is gone…each second lost will never come back…Here’s to dreams! Cheers!

 

Hand Painted Denims

Hand painted denims remind me of the awesome 90’s. The best thing about denims is that you can take your old ones, paint them and turn them into a magnificent new pair. Imagine what all you can do with a little paint and your imagination, customize all your jeans if you want to.

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So when are you planning to start your jean project?
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Let us know when you find or create your perfect pair!

Cheers!