She waits alone on a purple stage, cut
-out flat, white and black, lacking
a dimension. She waits for shape,
for music, for lightening to spark a pulse.
Her icy skin trussed in silk and lace,
satin pumps on lifeless feet.
There’s a feather in her hair,
twisted into careful curls. She’s cold
on center stage. Acid whispers
in the wings like sour dough rising.
Her fan flairs and she begins to dance.
I woke to grey skies and rain this morning, the typical Scottish October. So here’s my favourite upbeat music video guaranteed to revitalise the parts cups of tea cannot reach. Enjoy!
“Chaiyya Chaiyya” which translates into English as ‘walk in shade’ is an Indian love song from the 1998 Hindi film Dil Se, directed by Mani Ratnam. The song was composed by A.R. Rahman, written by Gulzar, and sung by Sukhwinder Singh and Sapna Awasthi. The amazing fact is it was actually filmed on a moving train without any backdrops, fakery or safety precautions over a period of four and a half days. It’s a miracle none of the dancers fell off! In the 2002 BBC poll to find the top ten international pop songs it was voted in at number nine.
I first came across a remixed version of Chaiyya Chaiyya in the soundtrack of Spike Lee’s heist thriller ‘Inside Man’ – a brilliant movie starring Clive Owen and Jodie Foster. This song is sure to make you forget your worries and start dancing around the kitchen!