Shibani Kashyap speaks to Nikhil Taneja...
Song during school years: Just an illusion from Body Talk (Imagination) and Tarzan boy from Living in the Background
(Baltimore). They are memorable because that’s the time we started going for dance parties.
Song during college years: Slip sliding away from Greatest Hits, etc (Simon and Garfunkel).
Song during first love: Love you more than I can say from Living in a fantasy (Leo Sayer).
Song during first heartbreak: The first heart break inspired me to compose a song, Tried to leave you love behind, penned by a dear friend AJ Raina.
Song for all seasons : Title track of Hotel California (Eagles).
Song you’d headbang to : Smoke on the water from Machine Head (Deep Purple).
Song you’d dance to : The evergreen song, Dancing queen, from Arrival (ABBA).
Song for gymming : My song Zinda hoon main from Zinda.
Song for long walks : English man in New York from Nothing Like the Sun (Sting).
Song for drives: Who’s gonna drive you home from Heartbeat City (The Cars).
Song for mornings: Title track of Piya Basanti (Ustad Sultan Khan and Chitra) as it applauds the season and nature.
Song for rain: I simply love rain drops keep fallin’ on my head from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid OST (Hal David and Burt Bucharach). It defines the music of the sound that the rain creates and for me rain is the most inspiring weather to compose music.
Song when stressed: I hate my self for loving you from Up your Alley (Joan Jett).
Song when cheerful : I’m like a bird from Whoa, Nelly! (Nelly Furtado).
Song when romantic: The title song of my album Ho Gayee Hai Mohabbat Tumse.
Song when inspired: We will rock you from News of the World (Queen) because it has a lot of energy and defines a situation apt for inspiration.
Song that you’d serenade a guy with: With my own song Kya nazakat hai teri adaaon mein. It’s a bluesy song which has a hint of jazz too.
Song you’d like to be serenaded with: I have been serenaded by the title track of the album Strangers in the night (Frank Sinatra).. I simply love jazz music and that’s the best way to grab my attention and impress me.
Song of a contemporary Indian singer/composer: Title track of Dil Se.. (A R Rahman).
Song of a legend (Indian) : Dil cheez kya hai from Umrao Jaan (Asha Bhosle). I like its marvelous composition and the beautiful rendition by Ashaji. Her voice is amazing and suits the eternal diva, Rekha, perfectly.
Song you featured in: Has to be the first ever song where I featured in, title song from Ho Gayee hai Mohabbat... It was shot in the back waters of Kerala with a handsome hunk Nakul Kapoor.
Song that others connect you with: My most popular number Sajna from Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part-II. It has been popular for six years now. People always call me the Sajna girl. I made a mark as a composer and singer with this song. I’m thought of as the girl sitting on the bar stool in a red dress.
Song that best describes you : I am every woman from The Bodyguard (Whitney Houston ). Every time I sing this song, I feel like a woman of substance. I even performed this song at the miss India paegant a year ago.