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Manasse Nee

( മനസ്സേ നീ)

A soothing soliloquy for the Covid times

Music for Life

By

Fr. Joseph J. Palackal, CMI

Music - Peter-Reuben (Vanamutham, Chennai)

Call Number : DCS-260

  • Lyrics - O.N.V. Kurup
  • Music - Peter-Reuben (Vanamutham, Chennai)
  • Singer - Dr. Joseph J. Palackal, CMI
  • Music arrangement - Jerry Amaldev
  • Album - Music for Life by Joseph J. Palackal, CMI - Track# 2
  • Producer - Deccan Records, Bengaluru
  • Directory of Christian Songs - CMSI-227
Note:

The lyrics of this song are a case in point for the evolution of language and thought processes during an extended period. Such evolutions are the results of unexpected events and experiences in human history. Dr. George Pittappillil, CMI, an environmental scientist and philosopher, wrote the lyrics in the 1980s to counteract the darkness that engulfs the adversities in life. The song is in the form of a soothing soliloquy. Drawing images from natural phenomena, the author invites the listeners to look around and see concomitant destruction and creation. Dr. Pittappillil could never have imagined at the time that his words were prophetic and one day would serve as self-therapy for Keralites who are currently undergoing a dark period of pain and suffering due to Covid-19. Dr. Pittapillil went through many hurdles while building up a concept and a physical structure that is now known as MITRADHAM at Chunangamvely, at Aluva in Kerala, India. The song reflects the lyricist's philosophy. Later, Dr. Pittappillil wrote lyrics for a children's album in Malayalam. Those lyrics elucidate higher ethical principles in children's vocabulary.

This song was yet another reason for me to think about a new genre of non-religious music in Malayalam (see note on DCS 257 https://youtu.be/-q3ESVZxjEs) that we posted earlier. Jerry Amaldev translated the mood of the lyrics into a slow-paced, mellifluous melody. The background music is kept to a minimum, so as not to disturb the mood of meditation and the meaning of the words. We are glad to post this track at present hoping that this will help many minds pondering over the calamities happening at present in India.

Joseph J. Palackal, CMI
New York
9 May 2021

Keywords - Music for Life, Jerry Amaldev, Peter-Reuben, Dr. George Pittappillil CMI, George Pittappillil , Joseph J. Palackal,CMI , Music Album, Deecan Studios Bengaluru, Deccan Records, Bengaluru, Malayalam Songs, Christian Songs

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