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„Some of us are like water and some are like heat…

….some are the melody and some are the beat…”

There are these songs you think you know well, because you have heard them so many, many times. But then some day you realize you obviously never have really listened to it. Well, honestly right now I’m talking just about one song, with which this happened to me recently. „Forever Young” by Alphaville. It’s a classic song from the 80s, lots of synthesizer, lots of drum machine and a video which is typical 80s and therefore pretty bad :-) But it was one of the many songs that were played at parties and clubs and discos in the early 90s, when I started going out and dancing. I was partying and singing along to this song’s chorus more often than I can remember.

My most favourite singer/songwriter at the moment – Brandi Carlile – has done a cover version of this song. She obviously is doing it on stage a lot and it’s the hidden track on the Live Album (with a symphony orchestra) she released just a few weeks ago. On youtube I found a clip from another concert and Brandi puts it perfectly in her introduction: „I realized it is not a bad 80s song, it’s a wonderful song with heartbreaking lyrics and I think we can all relate to it so I wanted to a version of it without the digitized drum machine.”

And Brandi’s version completely blew me away. Because for the first time ever I actually listened to the lyrics of the whole song and the lyrics are indeed heartbreaking. Add Brandi’s incredible voice, piano and cello and you’ve got a song that is tugging on my heart strings every time I’m listening to it. And believe me I am listening to it a lot.

Someone put up the song on youtube (just the audio, obviously) so you can check it out yourself, if you like.

Brandi Carlile – Forever Young (Live at Benaroya Hall, 2010)

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“Choose To Be Me” (Or How To Make a Fangirl Happy)

I don’t exactly remember when I bought Sunrise Avenue’s first album. It must have been sometime in 2007, because when I switched hosting service for my blog and decided to write solely in English in April 2008 I obviously already owned and loved the album. I don’t really remember if I had considered any other title for this blog and I actually remember that I had once written a short piece somewhere why I had chosen this title. I don’t find that text anywhere though, maybe I deleted it from the „About me” page some time later for reasons unknown. I thought I could easily link to this explanation now, but I guess I’ll have to write it down all over again. I don’t mind though :-)

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The Busiest Week In Recent Years

I can’t remember having had such a stressful week in the recent years as the last one has been. Some of the stress has been my own fault though, so I shouldn’t really complain. Or I’m not entitled to complain :-) I spend all of last weekend discussion the local budget with my local Greens. Two complete days (9 am –  pm5) working through all these numbers and discussing all of it, wears anyone out, I think. It wore me out at least and I wasn’t even in the mood for some TV or DVD afterwards, because I knew I wouldn’t be able to concentrate on anything.  I honestly don’t even remember now how I spend my weekend evenings last week.

I usually have a 4-days-work-week , but I had to be at the office all 5 days this week and they were busy days! I admit I just started working at 2 pm yesterday, but because of a meeting I had to stay until 8 pm, which is always fun on a Friday. Not! Monday late afternoon and evening were packed with political meetings I had to attend. On Tuesday I had to stay longer at work than planned, so it was a bit hectic afterwards, because I was meeting friends at the movie theatre. On Wednesday evening I went to see David Garrett in concert. Yesterday evening and most of today’s afternoon I spend with writing a summary of all the things we Greens discussed last weekend, because we still have to work out which additional proposals we want to come up with and to map out our position to this budget. My brain is so tired once again now so I’ll have to work on that for a bt tomorrow as well. Sometimes being the chairwoman of the Green on the town council sucks because of all this work, but it was my own choice to fill this position. And I get an allowance for it, so I shouldn’t complain too much. But it sometimes really is a lot of work.

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Capital of Culture: !Sing – Day of Song

One of the really large events of the RUHR2010 is the !Sing – Day of Song. I’m too lazy to use my own words to explain what that is, so I quote from the event’s website

The DAY OF SONG will transform the whole Ruhr Metropolis with a festival of singing. More than 670 Choirs with more than 23.000 Singers invite the citizens of the region to join them in song. On the weekend of 4th and 5th June, the message of the DAY OF SONG will be heard everywhere: Everyone is a singer, everyone can join in. The sound of singing will spread to the most unexpected of places: with !SING CITY, for instance, a singing convoy of ships steams down the Rhein-Herne-Kanal, und with !SING TWINS guests from sister cities across Europe join German choirs in Welcome concerts.
Festivities come to a climax on the evening of June 5th 2010 with !SING EUROPE, an extraordinary concert in the VELTINS Football Stadium in Gelsenkirchen, featuring Bobby McFerrin, The Wise Guys and The Bochumer Symphoniker joining up to 65,000 singers in an ambitious program ranging from folk songs to the fourth movement of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

There are the few mentioned singers/groups on the stage (main stage + two satellites actually), but the main artists of this concert will 230 choirs with 7500 singers, who will be sitting on the field all around the center stage and who will be singing the kind of lead vocals. They’ll be singing polyphonically, which means they have been practicing these songs for the last few months or even longer. It’s a big concert after all. And it’s going to be televised even though it’s no live TV, but a recorded broadcast on Sunday evening.
I’d estimate that about half of the audience in the stands are choirs as well, who have performed in their hometown during the day or on the ships, and the sheet music will be handed out to everyone who wants to sing along. I’m not a singer except for rock concerts or hockey games where I can sing (or rather) shout with thousands and my off-key singing is drowned out by the rest. Or maybe I could sing if I’ve ever really learned how. I don’t know. I always feel like the timbre of my voice just doesn’t fit with the ones singing around me ;-) But I’m not there to sing anyway.

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Strange Restrictions In A Global Economy

In the 21st century all national economies are somehow irrevocably interwined with each other. We get goods from all over the world and we sent German goods all over the world. Thanks to the internet and credit cards we costumers can actually order almost anything from almost anywhere. I remember that I ordered a book via amazon.com in the US and it was sent to me from Australia. Don’t ask me why. I know there are downsides to the globalization of basically everything, but I also like the upsides it has for me as a costumer. Like ordering books or DVDs from another country if these books / DVDs are not available here or were much more expensive. I ordered quite a few via Amazon UK or Play.com during the last few years.

So why on earth is it impossible for me to download a mp3 – something digital which doesn’t have to be delivered – from iTunes UK, Amazon UK, or Play.com if I want to pay for it with my German credit card ?!?!? I just don’t get it !!! Shouldn’t be these almost virtual items be available to anyone who is willing to pay for them? I probably could find it at some of the illegal sources for downloading music, but I don’t want to. I’m more than willing to pay for it. Why is there this stupid restriction about downloading songs from a shop not based in your home country? I could order the CD-single and have it shipped (and convert it to mp3 on my own later anyway), but I can’t download the mp3 in the first place? WTF?!? And don’t get me started about the whole regional code for DVD, which to me is the same crap. Seriously, we’re all connected via the internet all the time anyway, why can’t I just be able to download a song from anywhere else?

The song in question “3 Lions 2010” will be availabe as mp3 download at the German Amazon later this week and probably by then will also appear at the German iTunes store. So it’s not really a big deal and even I – as a reborn *g* Robbie Williams fan – can wait a few more days. It just bothers me on principle!

End of rant, now I’ll just listen to the 1996 version a few more times…

Another Musical Post…

And it’s yet another day and it’s already 7.30 PM before I can even consider working on my termpaper. Ok, I could have started with that right away, when I got home around 5.30 PM, but I definitely had to clean my dishes first and put a load of laundry into the washer. And catch up with tweets and blogs and stuff. But to avoid cutting the studying short in order to write another blogpost I write the post first so I don’t have any excuses later…

While I was moping about the stressful life yesterday I completely forgot about all the nice events that I DO have lined up for the near future already. Probably because I bought the tickets or made the plans months ago and it almost slipped my mind that these events are right ahead of me in the next two weeks:

12 March: Sunrise Avenue – unplugged concert
16 March: Diana Gabaldon reading from the latest Outlander novel in Cologne
19 March: Livingston concert

In about 5 weeks (mid-April) I’m off to London for a few days. In early May there will be the icehockey worldchampionship in Germany. And this afternoon I bought a ticket for a concert on 13 May in Cologne. One I never thought I’d actually be able to attend here in Germany, so I’m overly excited and really looking forward to it. And I’m glad that I choose to cancel all of the subscription on myspace blogs in order to use RSS feeds of those blogs in order to get the news in my feedreader. Because I just found out about this concert in during that process:

Brandi Carlile will be playing three shows in Germany in May and one of those in a small club Cologne! *squeeeee* Ever since I got to know her music via Grey’s Anatomy I really wanted to see her in concert one day. She writes such beautiful songs and has got such a great voice and I just wanted to see and hear and experience her live on stage. I never thought this would actually happen, because she isn’t know here in Germany at all. Yet at least, but that might change now :-)
While I was at it I also bought a ticket for a Runrig concert on 27 August. Still a couple of months away, but definitely something I also am looking forward to. To sing “Loch Lomond” with thousands of other fans is going to be amazing and the rest of the concert will probably fun as well.

I had a yummy lunch at Vapiano, broke my resolution for Lent to stay away from Starbucks (it’s so easy to make me happy, I admit it), will now finish this post with the meme I already mentioned yesterday, take care of some more chores and then spend some more time studying. My TV show will have to wait till… welll some day in the very near future :-)

Lyric guessing meme stolen from _takemeaway_

Put your music library on shuffle. Post the first lines of the first 25 songs that come up. The game: Guess which songs the first lines are from. Google = cheating.

I admit I skipped some of the music, which made it to my music library for reasons I don’t even know and which I haven’t listened to once. I also skipped when shuffle chose a third song of a band/singer which was already in this meme… I’d say you’ll probably easily will guess half of it… (comments in both of my blogs combined of course. And don’t cheat *g*)

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Acquiring Music in the 21st Century…

Ugh! Why do I feel like I’m swamped with work for both jobs and my involvement with local politics and the 25 pages termpaper I have to hand in until the 14th and which consists of only a few bullet points so far. Ugh! I’d love to finally start watching episodes 1.07 – 1.11 of “White Collar”, the remaining eight episodes of “Raising the Bar”, start watching “Life Unexpected” and “Being Human”. Not to mention finish reading “The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet” which I loved, but somehow stopped reading about a week ago due to all the other stuff I have to deal with.
I’d love to write a blog post about other things than work or school or health issues. A blog post about happy things. Events to look forward to or great nights I had at the movies or anywhere. But at the moment it seems like all I manage are posts in which I whine and mope about the stressful life I’m leading right now. Who does even want to read posts like that? No one… *sigh* Sometime last week I had this idea for a post and it feels kind of lame to write it now instead of having it written right away. But I’ll give it a try anyway and try to get back into the groove of things. Writing about other stuff than just my mundane, boring and crappy life.

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