Suralata & The Eagles

19. January 2011

This track is the closest Aradhna will ever come to The Eagles. Throughout the recording process we were constantly playing back sections of the songs and identifying moments that reminded us of bands we have listened to over the years. It provided many belly laughs in the midst of the seriousness of trying to complete the album in such a tight time window.

When Chris and I first met in Lucknow, India, we used to ride our bicycles all over the city. Most of the time we used them as basic transportation but there were times when getting from home to work, work to home, or anywhere to anywhere else became a no holds barred race. How we survived weaving madly between three wheeled Tempos, a million scooters and magically appearing cows that lounged tranquil in the middle of the road, I will wonder for the rest of my life.

One night, when the dense fog of North Indian winter covered the ground and the midnight trucks roared through the city, we were riding home and one of us, I won’t dare to guess who, jumped into the first verse of “Take it Easy”. In seconds we were both singing at the top of our lungs, breaking into a loose harmony wherever we saw fit. I still feel the pain for all the rickshaw wallas curled up on their rickshaws just trying to get an honest nights sleep. It must feel awful to be jolted awake by two Americans whipping past howling at the top of their lungs, “I’ve been runnin‘ down the road tryin‘ to loosen my load.”

The recording of Surulata felt a lot like that late night, mobile sing-a-long. It was born in a moment in the studio and basically figured itself out before we’d finished the first run through. It is a simple, light-hearted song that was a joy to work on both in recording and mixing. It sits in the middle of the album as a kind of palate cleanser as a reminder that though Yeshu is not to be taken lightly, he is also the Lord of the dance and he knows how to cut a rug, Eagles style.