Episode 5 features musician, producer, composer and living breathing medicine man for the soul, Nitin Sawhney.

That Scene, That Song is a conversation about two songs and two films that have shaped Nitin, his outlook on life and work, or that have profound personal meaning.

The fascinating conversation follows Nitin’s life and musical journey as well as two indispensable pieces of advice for anybody struggling with identity, direction or motivation:

Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s not enough to just be you.
He implores us to believe that you are enough as you are.

Be process orientated, not goal oriented
Expectation can be the enemy of happiness, so enjoy the process and you will never be far from happiness. When one focuses on goals, things can go one of two ways. It might be that you don’t achieve your goal and the you will be disappointed. And even if you do achieve it you will not have enjoyed the process and the satisfaction may be fleeting.

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He goes on to share two films and two songs that have had a profound impact on his life.

Films

Pather Panchali (1955)


By director and master filmmaker Satijit Ray and music by Bandichi Ravi Shankar who sat for 11 straight hours to create the score.

The film is the first of the Apu Trilogy and Nitin finds it to be one of the most emotional moments in film history. Filled with sparse and simple scenes creating using a single, static camera that leaves space for imagination and emotion.

 

Blade Runner (1982)

Specifically the final “tears in rain” monologue scene with the late Rutger Hauer as a replicant passing away. An extraordinary speech highlighting the ‘otherness’ of the replicants; exploited and turned into slaves. Perceived as less than human struggling only to survive and to be perceived as equal. Mirrors todays stories of refugees and immigrants – of so many people that have been repressed by cultures and nations.

Songs

Mustt Mustt, the Massive Attack Remix, by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

This remix by Massive Attack captured everything that was going in with the dub scene and was the first high-profile band to mix an incredible Maestro of cavalli sagrams

What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye

Featuring sadly prophetic lyrics, and a question that Nitin asks himself every morning looking at the news. How is this happening… this crazy dystopian nightmare that no one can explain to me

In each episode we discuss with our What We Seee family the power of film and music – really getting into the details of great art. That Scene, That song is produced with generous support from the team at Another Studio. Episodes can be enjoyed on Apple MusicSpotify or wherever you find great podcasts. 

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