ANNIVERSARIES:

17-Jul ! Terry "Geezer" Butler (Black Sabbath) 17-Jul ! Nagaraja Rao Havaldar 17-Jul ! Sachin Bghowmick 17-Jul ! Sukhvinder Singh 18-Jul ! Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar 18-Jul ! Jack Irons (Pearl Jam) 18-Jul ! Brian May (Queen) 19-Jul ! Carlos Santana (Santana) 20-Jul ! Kim Carnes 20-Jul ! Cat Stevens (aka Yusuf Islam) 21-Jul ! Selena Gomez 22-Jul ! Daniel Jones (Savage Garden) 22-Jul ! Don Henley 22-Jul ! Richard Davies (Supertramp) 22-Jul ! George Clinton 22-Jul ! Armaan Malik 22-Jul ! Michelle Williams (Destiny's Child) 23-Jul ! Sam Watters (Color Me Badd) 23-Jul ! Slash (Guns N' Roses) 23-Jul ! Nick Menza (Megadeth) 23-Jul ! Tim Kellett (Simply Red) 23-Jul ! Martin Gore (Depeche Mode) 23-Jul ! Dhondutai Kulkarni 23-Jul ! Tapan 23-Jul ! Jennifer Lopez 24-Jul ! Kanchipuram Naina Pillai 25-Jul ! Sameer Phatarpekar 25-Jul ! Justin 25-Jul ! Raageshwari 25-Jul ! Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer 25-Jul ! Sri Semmangudi R. Srinivasa Iyer 25-Jul ! Headliner (Arrested Development) 26-Jul ! Gary Cherone (Extreme/Van Halen) 26-Jul ! Roger Taylor (Queen) 26-Jul ! Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones) 26-Jul ! Rajkumar Shyamanand Sinha 27-Jul ! Trichy Sankaran 27-Jul ! Steve Morse (Deep Purple) 28-Jul ! Simon Kirke (Bad Company) 28-Jul ! Wanya Morris (Boyz II Men) 29-Jul ! John Sykes (Whitesnake) 29-Jul ! Simon Kirke (Bad Company) 29-Jul ! Neal Doughty (REO Speedwagon) 29-Jul ! Sanjeev Chimmalgi 29-Jul ! Anup Jalota 29-Jul ! Sonu Nigam 30-Jul ! Kate Bush 30-Jul ! Paul Anka 30-Jul ! Girija Devi 30-Jul ! Will Champion (Coldplay) 31-Jul ! Fatboy Slim 31-Jul ! Bill Berry (R.E.M.) 31-Jul ! Boz Burrell (Bad Company) 1-Aug ! Chuck D (Public Enemy) 1-Aug ! Coolio 1-Aug ! Joe Elliot (Def Leppard) 1-Aug ! Robert Cray (1953) 1-Aug ! Tiger Varadachariar 1-Aug ! Prema Hariharan (Chennai) 2-Aug ! Sushama Reddy 2-Aug ! Zelma Davis (C+C Music Factory) 2-Aug ! Chhannulal Mishra 3-Aug ! James Hetfield (Metallica) 3-Aug ! Tony Bennett (1926) 3-Aug ! Sharon Prabhakar 4-Aug ! Vellore Ramabhadran 4-Aug ! Vishal Bhardwaj 4-Aug ! Ganesh Jain 5-Aug ! Kumbakonam Rajamanickam Pillai 5-Aug ! Pat Smear (formerly of Foo Fighters) 5-Aug ! Aditya Narayan 6-Aug ! Cyrus Sahukar 6-Aug ! Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice of Spice Girls) 6-Aug ! Bruce Dickenson (Iron Maiden) 7-Aug ! Cyrus Broacha 7-Aug ! Suresh Wadkar 7-Aug ! JC Chasez ('N Sync) 8-Aug ! Raza Ali Khan 8-Aug ! Shawn Mendes 8-Aug ! Asgari Bai 9-Aug ! Sawan Kumar Tak 9-Aug ! Sulkshana Pandit 9-Aug ! Trichur V.Ramachandran (Chennai) 9-Aug ! Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) 10-Aug ! Ustad Alladiya Khan 10-Aug ! Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande 10-Aug ! Ramashreya Jha 11-Aug ! T.H.Vinayakram 11-Aug ! V. Doreswamy Iyengar 11-Aug ! Kid Creole 12-Aug ! Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) 12-Aug ! Pat Metheny 12-Aug ! Nalin Shah 13-Aug ! T.K.Murthy 13-Aug ! Dash Crofts (Seals & Crofts) 14-Aug ! David Crosby (Crosby, Stills & Nash) 14-Aug ! Manohar Iyer 14-Aug ! Michael Graham (Boyzone) 14-Aug ! Sunidhi Chauhan 14-Aug ! Amir Khan 15-Aug ! Bharati Pradhan 15-Aug ! Pandit Prasun Banerjee 15-Aug ! Prof. T.Viswanathan 15-Aug ! R.Durga Prasad 15-Aug ! Srimushnam V.Raja Rao 15-Aug ! Emily Erwin (Dixie Chicks) 16-Aug ! Hemlata 16-Aug ! Kishan Bhutani 16-Aug ! Madonna 16-Aug ! Poochi Srinivasa Iyengar 16-Aug ! Belinda Carlisle 17-Aug ! Donnie Wahlberg (New Kids On The Block) 17-Aug ! Daler Mehndi 18-Aug ! Dennis Elliot (Foreigner) 18-Aug ! Gulzar 18-Aug ! Jon Higgins 18-Aug ! Pt. Vishnu Digambar Paluskar 18-Aug ! T.S.Balakrishna Sastrigal 18-Aug ! Abdul Rashid Khan 19-Aug ! Ginger Baker (Cream) 19-Aug ! Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) 19-Aug ! John Deacon (Queen) 19-Aug ! Ken Gosh 19-Aug ! Demi Lovato 20-Aug ! Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit) 20-Aug ! Naresh(Mahesh Brother) 20-Aug ! Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) 20-Aug ! Uday Tara Nayar 20-Aug ! Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) 21-Aug ! Kenny Rogers 21-Aug ! Liam Howlett (Prodigy) 21-Aug ! Melissa Schuman (Dream) 21-Aug ! Sriram Brahmanandam 21-Aug ! Howie Dorough (Backstreet Boys) 22-Aug ! James DeBarge (DeBarge) 22-Aug ! Paul Douchette (Matchbox 20) 22-Aug ! Roland Orzabal (Tears For Fears) 22-Aug ! Tori Amos 22-Aug ! Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) 23-Aug ! SkyBlu (LMFAO) 23-Aug ! Basavaraj Rajguru 24-Aug ! Billy Ray Cyrus 25-Aug ! DJ Terminator X (Public Enemy)25-Aug ! Elvis Costello 25-Aug ! Gene Simmons 25-Aug ! Rekha Chinniprakash 25-Aug ! Rob Halford (Judas Priest) 25-Aug ! Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard) 25-Aug ! Adrian Young (No Doubt) 26-Aug ! M.S.Anantaraman 26-Aug ! Shirley Manson (Garbage) 26-Aug ! Rajarathnam Pillai 27-Aug ! Shania Twain 27-Aug ! Tony Kanal (No Doubt) 27-Aug ! Voletti Venkateswarulu 27-Aug ! Chris Copping (Procol Harum) 29-Aug ! Kyle Cook (Matchbox 20) 29-Aug ! Micky Moody (Whitesnake) 30-Aug ! Debbie Gibson 31-Aug ! Rudolf Schenker (Scorpions) 31-Aug

BMC &TRAFFIC FINES

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BMC &TRAFFIC FINES

You’d think the BMC did not have any money
These new fines suggested are really funny
The traffic police, not to be outdone
Now also want to get in on the fun
From 200/- to 10,000/- the prices get hiked
Illegal parking has really been spiked
I may have some suggestions for other fines
To bring them on par along these ridiculous lines
Let’s make it a lakh for defecating or spitting
At any public spot where people are sitting
5 lakhs for drunk driving and impound the car
Together with a life ban from visiting any bar
3 people on a bike, charge each one a lakh
Auction that bike – don’t give it back
Driving on the wrong side? Clap him in jail
Let him serve out his sentence – deny him bail
Jumping the signal, or no helmet been worn
The fines must be steep, they mustn’t condone
Talking while driving on a cell phone
Ten lakhs up front and leave him alone
Now friends if you find these prices are steep
Try bribing, you’ll find their pockets are deep !

 -Ernest .J. Flanagan
© -Ernest .J. Flanagan 2019

Poets Corner is where Songwriters can post their songs with the hope that their words can connect with Composers and be the place where Words meet a Tune for some of the big hits in the future.

SAVIOUR

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SAVIOUR

Whose gonna save us from inflation
Slash those soaring prices
Whose gonna bring them down
Whose gonna save us from the hunger,
That surrounds us everywhere
Whose gonna feed those starving millions 
Are we shouting into the wilderness
Is'nt there anybody out there
Who'll provide
For the homeless hundreds
Shelters over their aching heads
Will there a second coming
Is everything forgotten?
Will this be our end.

- Wayne 'Clapton' Reilly
©-Spotlight Publishing-1998

Poets Corner is where Songwriters can post their songs with the hope that their words can connect with Composers and be the place where Words meet a Tune for some of the big hits in the future.

Dongri

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Dongri

Were the warnings given?
Were they told to vacate?
With the building not fit for livin’?
Did they wait till it was too late?

Where would they go anyway?
Alternate housing was not provided
Risking their lives they had to stay
Their fate had been decided

Who really is to blame?
While they blame each other
Do they feel the guilt and shame?
For thirteen of our sisters and brothers

If the construction was illegal anyway?
Then why were they charged repair cess?
Who really allowed them to stay?
Who got them into this mess?

Important files will be soon be lost
As the guilty cover their tracks
How many lives did this bribe cost?
Will we ever learn the facts?

More weak buildings may fall
As the monsoon season wears on
In the news we’ll read about them all
Honesty in construction is long gone.

-Ernest .J. Flanagan
© -Ernest .J. Flanagan 2019

Poets Corner is where Songwriters can post their songs with the hope that their words can connect with Composers and be the place where Words meet a Tune for some of the big hits in the future.

TRAIN TO HEAVEN

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TRAIN TO HEAVEN

Walking amongst the dregs
Of Humanity
Among the living dead,
People with no pride or vanity
With eye balls of red

It was there that I saw him
Sitting amongst the crowd
His eyes blurred and dim, 
Floating on a cloud

Hesitating I walked up
Then stopped halfway
Across the floor,
Not wanting to upset his cup
He just looked past me at the door,

I tapped his on the shoulders
He turned his head and looked at me 
Thinking I was the pusher
 
He seemed to say I 'he had
Enough just let me be
Jimmy I said calling his name
His eyes asked do you know me?
I could see him probing
His swirled brain
Trying hard to get my name
His eyes reflected sadness and pain

Jimmy I asked him where have you been 
I have just reached said he, my destination
I was on the fast train on the
Train to heaven
He turned around & his syringe
Was leaving the station
So long man I'm leaving
I've got to catch
My train to heaven

- Wayne 'Clapton' Reilly
©-Spotlight Publishing-1998

Poets Corner is where Songwriters can post their songs with the hope that their words can connect with Composers and be the place where Words meet a Tune for some of the big hits in the future.

PARKING PROBLEMS

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PARKING PROBLEMS

What is this life if full of care
No longer can we park anywhere

We stand to pay a fine so steep
None of us have pockets deep

Google maps will show on phones
All demarcated parking zones

Cars and scooters towed away
But holy cows allowed to stay

The common man won’t get a say
Ridiculous fines he’s forced to pay

The traffic cops just rake it in
While our patience is wearing thin

No roads to drive, no place to park
The driving public left in the dark

Where are the motorable roads to drive?
What keeps car companies still alive?

They produce new models every year
Who’s gonna buy? Sales are down I fear !

They should start manufacturing drones
So people can fly over traffic jammed zones

Underground metro is no real solution
Destroying the environment creates confusion

Supreme Court please get involved
These ridiculous fines must be solved

Public transport has proved to be best
Despite the crush, pick pockets and rest

Those who own cars choose not to drive
So Uber and Ola will continue to thrive

The future of course is individual drones
Govt identify roof top parking zones !!!

-Ernest .J. Flanagan
© -Ernest .J. Flanagan 2019

Poets Corner is where Songwriters can post their songs with the hope that their words can connect with Composers and be the place where Words meet a Tune for some of the big hits in the future.

THE THREE BROTHERS

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THE THREE BROTHERS

Of the sons of mankind
Was born the Brothers three
To loot and plunder the human race
With all her dignity

The man in uniform
The killer on the roll
To the power of injustice
A servant to their cause

This brother in black
The better of the three
The caretaker of crime
Your illegal counsel for a dime

The healer in white 
Who for you ill, has no cure
Putt on course # 9
He is so damn  sure

Watch out the Brothers three
In white, Black and Blue

Stay out of their reach
If you know what good for you

- Wayne 'Clapton' Reilly
©-Spotlight Publishing-1998

Poets Corner is where Songwriters can post their songs with the hope that their words can connect with Composers and be the place where Words meet a Tune for some of the big hits in the future.

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Best Jazz Venue in India

Those of you who have been around from the 1960's through the 1990's will remember the vibrant live music scene in almost every starred hotel in India. Those were the days when you walked into a nightclub like 'Rendezvous' at The Taj Mahal hotel and 'Supper Club' at the Oberoi Sheraton in Mumbai to see curtains going up on a band that was the prime focus of these outlets. Every seat in these restaurants allowed an unobstructed view of the band that performed every night on resident contracts. Today all this has disappeared thanks to some ridiculously high entertainment taxes on live music. Today, non off these hotels have complete bands playing save for a few that feature small duos or solo singers. The Lodhi in New Delhi, recently listed among the world's best hotels, decided to step in and rewind to the good old days. They got Goa's premier jazz quartet 'Jazz Junction' to move to Delhi on a resident contract and the decision has paid off in terms of footfalls generated by the band. Jazz Junction featuring singer Daniella Rodrigues, pianist Tony Dias,
bassist Colin D'Cruz and drummer Angelo Colasco began playing at The Lodhi in June 2018. Four months into the contract the band generated a sizeable following, with quite a few high profile guests choosing to celebrate their special occasion at the Elan bar where the band performs. Against all odds the rewind option proved to be a huge success and hopefully other properties around the country takes the cue to trigger a whole new revival  of live music.