Don’t You Worry Child


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ThePianoGuys – Don’t You Worry Child (Khushnuma) Lyrics


(Traditional Hindi Prayer)
Twamev mata ca pita, badhu, sakha, vidya, dravidam
Sarvo mum deva deva
[You are truly my mother and my father, my friend, my kin, my knowledge, and
my wealth.
You are my everything, my God of Gods]
Khushnuma
[Happiness without worry]
Kuch saalon pehle ki baatein, Mujhko yaad aayi
[There was a time years ago]
Jisme mainey kuch galtiya ki thi
[When I first met adversity]
Aur phir jaane kyo, Dil ye rota tha
[My heart cried out in sorrow]
Kyonki nadaani karnaa aasaan tha
[When in my innocence I stumbled]
Mere dil ki hai dua, Khush raho sadaa
[In my heart I pray for happiness]
Na bhoolana… Khushnuma
[Always remember…happiness without worry]
Sun le zaraa… Dil ki dua
[Hear me … the prayer in my heart]
Sun le zaraa
[Hear my heart]

Hindi Lyrics by Shweta Subram & Abhay Jodhpurkar; English translation and adaptation by Shweta Subram & Steven Sharp Nelson

About “Don’t You Worry Child”

While shooting our video “Lord of the Rings” Steve’s steel cello was damaged. When we reattached the fingerboard the strings were too close to the surface and this caused a buzzing sound when plucked. The Sitello was born – a cross between an Indian sitar and a cello. This sparked an idea. We love incorporating ethnicity into our arrangements – it helps us keep our music fresh, opens our style to new influences, and helps us appreciate and respect other cultures. (We believe music should be an integral part of the world peace equation!) :-)

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As we were contemplating an Indian-style cover we happened to sit next to a woman from India on a plane ride home from one of our concert tours. She was excited and recommended several sources for inspiration and ideas, including a very talented artist named Shankar Tucker (http://www.youtube.com/user/TheShrutibox) whose YouTube channel featured a collab with an Indian vocalist named Shweta Subram. Shweta immediately stood out to us – her smile was so genuine and contagious. She naturally emitted such an amiability in her stage presence that we were drawn to her performance. Her voice effortlessly depicted an Indian classical vibe while still being completely accessible. We contacted her and by the gift of Providence her PR agent was a self-proclaimed “big fan” of ours and had shown Shweta some of our videos just days before.

We selected Swedish House Mafia’s tune “Don’t You Worry Child” primarily because of its message. We loved the spiritual essence of the chorus – we agree that Heaven has a plan for everyone and that it’s better than any plan we could come up with on our own. As Shweta selected Hindi lyrics for our arrangement she extended this spiritual theme. In fact, the lyrics in the intro come from a traditional Hindi prayer. Our alternative title “Khushnuma” means “happiness” and “no worries.” See all the lyrics and their translation here: http://thepianoguys.com/our-videos/

In writing the music we studied traditional Indian instruments (especially the sitar, the pungi, the tabla, and the tumbak). Among the artists we studied was the legendary Pandit Ravi Shankar and his daughter Anoushka. We began by building the beat you hear in the chorus – which served as the groundwork for the tune. Then we worked at recreating qualities of the pungi flute, the pitched tabla drum, and the sitar with steel, wood, carbon fiber, and electric cellos. We added piano licks that were inspired by both the traditional Indian scale and the Western Classical style – blending the two, as we like to do in our music. Shweta’s vocals are what truly gave our whole arrangement an authenticity and refined beauty. Her talent and her contribution were inspired.

We’d like to thank the Sri Sri Radha Krsna Temple for letting us film there – learn more about their temple here: http://www.utahkrishnas.org/

If you’ve read this far, you are a true PianoGuys Guru! :-)

Credits


“Don’t You Worry Child” originally performed by Swedish House Mafia ft. John Martin – written by STEVE ANGELLO, JOHN MARTIN, ; MARTIN LINDSTROM, MICHEL ; ZITRON, SEBASTIAN INGROSSO, ; AXEL HEDFORS
Published by SONY/ATV, UNIVERSAL – POLYGRAM INT, KOBALT MUSIC
ThePianoGuys arrangement produced by Al van der Beek & Steven Sharp Nelson
Arrangement written by Al van der Beek, Steven Sharp Nelson, Jon Schmidt & Shweta Subram
Hindi Lyrics by Shweta Subram & Abhay Jodhpurkar; English translation and adaptation by Shweta Subram & Steven Sharp Nelson
Performed by
Steven Sharp Nelson: electric, acoustic, carbon fiber, and steel cellos, cello-percussion, percussion, vocal textures
Al van der Beek: percussion, back-up vocals, vocal textures
Jon Schmidt: Piano
And Guest Artist Shweta Subram: lead vocals
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Al van der Beek at TPG Studios in Utah, U.S.A.
Video produced by Paul Anderson
Video filmed by Paul Anderson & Shaye Scott
Edited by Shaye Scott, Paul Anderson & Tel Stewart
Piano Stunt Coordinator: Jeremy Crawford

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