NaBloPoMo | Music and Me… #4 – Breathless, by Shankar Mahadevan

Written as part of NaBloPoMo Day 4.

NaBloPoMo November 2016

#4 – Breathless

There are few songs that stand out purely because of the vocal ability of the artist. Yes, the lyrics may be good, and the beat may be interesting, but in the end, the overwhelming feeling is that if it was sung by a different artist, the song would have, perhaps, not been as amazing. I think this song is one such. Living up to the title “Breathless”, this song is one where there’s a continuous flow to the lyrics, without any apparent break in verses or even a pause for breath.

I love the song for that reason, that continuous flow. I also love how the song’s beat alternates between slow and fast to help the artist sing it. If it was a very fast beat, it’d be extremely challenging, even for Shankar Mahadevan, who has an amazing vocal ability. And if it was too slow, then it wouldn’t be as challenging or beautiful.

The lyrics tell a story too, about how he falls in love, and how he feels then, and then moves on to how he is disillusioned and distraught when she leaves. There’s a reprise where the girl returns, and completes the love story. That’s a continuous flow song as well.

I could relate to the song completely, having been in such a position before. So this is one song where there’s not particular part of the lyrics that stand out for me. My sister and I have attempted to sing the song, but we’ve had to pause for breath after a while. It makes me admire the artist more.

(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason, 4th Nov, 2016)


Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

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