“Let’s see if you can spot this one.”
Those are the words uttered by Eric Clapton before he starts the acoustic version of Derek and the Dominos’ classic “Layla” on his 1992 MTV Unplugged performance. Those words popped into my head the moment I heard Krish Ashok start singing the song – now called “Leela” – in the ancient language of Sanskrit.
If you’re like me – and for your sake, I hope that you are nothing like me – you’re probably wondering, “Who in the name of Clapton is Krish Ashok?” He is a musician from Chennai, Tamil Nadu (India). Besides being a musician – he can play the violin, guitar and cello – Krish is also a blogger, columnist, Rubyist, humorist and former radio DJ. When it comes to music, Krish says, “I take the ridiculous and the sublime, add cellos, violins, guitars and random internet collaborators to make music of sorts.”
By the way, when you’re done listening to “Leela”, do yourself a favor and head over to Krish’s Soundcloud to listen to other covers. (Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Blue Öyster Cult, to name a few.)
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