Si jamais j’oublie by ZAZ!

“Si jamais j’oublie – Les nuits que j’ai passé – Les guitares et les cris – Rappelle moi qui je suis – Pourquoi je suis en vie – Si jamais j’oublie – Les jambes à mon cou – Si un jour je fuis – Rappelle-moi qui je suis – Ce que je m’étais promis”

A song that’s an attitude of life: Si jamais j’oublie by  French singer-songwriter (and everybody’s darling) ZAZ. It’s from her 2015 live album Sur la route. The message of the song is simple and important: Never forget where you come from and all those wonderful experiences that created yourself, your dreams and your personality. A perfect mood-lifter for rainy late-summer days!

Happy listening!

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Everything Now – A New Arcade Fire Album!

Arcade Fire concert on July 2, 2017 in Berlin. Pic by Franzi. See more on Instagram.

Arcade Fire’s new album Everything Now will be released on July 28, 2017. At the beginning of the month, me and two of my best pals were at the Arcade Fire concert in Berlin. It was a big party, where they not only played their old indie-rock hits but also some of their new tracks. If you never saw this band live, you definitely should put this onto you bucket list. They are incredibly powerful on stage and are creating a wonderful atmosphere in the audience. The few new songs, that I already listened to, only intensified my anticipation of the album.

Have a wonderful new week and happy listening!

 

 

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Song of the Month: Ganz Paris träumt von der Liebe by Caterina Valente!

This month’s song is a true “oldie”: Ganz Paris träumt von der Liebe by the Italian 1950s star Caterina Valente. It just reminds me on this special summer feeling that’s already in the air: warm and heavy and wonderful…

Have a wonderful new week and happy listening!

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Song of the Month: I Belong To You by Lenny Kravitz!

This month’ song I Belong To You by Lenny Kravitz is one of two wedding songs from Isa and André. So, let’s celebrate the two a bit more and dance through this fresh week.

Happy listening!

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Song of the Month: Cloud 9 by Jamiroquai!

The British band Jamiroquai is back – with their brand-new album Automaton! Today’s song Cloud 9 reminds me – in a good way 😀 – on my teenage years in the 1990s (Jamiroquai was everywhere back then!). The song is funky, dancy and mood-lifting. So, let’s meet on the dance floor!

Happy (funky) listening!

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Fly Me To The Moon by Frank Sinatra!

Last month I heard Frank Sinatra‘s song Fly Me To The Moon during an elevator ride to the viewing platform of Rotterdam’s Euromast. What a funny choice of a song! I wish you a good start into the fresh week with those mood-lifting and jazzy tunes!

Happy listening!

And do you know Angelina Jordan’s interpretation of the song? It’s amazing!

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Spotlight on: Musketeer & his new EP Seven Long Years!

Musketeer

In his just released studio EP Seven Long Years Australian singer-songwriter Musketeer (who very recently moved to Hamburg) explores quite a dark time of Australian and European history: It follows the journey of a 19th century British convict sent to the prison camps in Australia. The record combines old sea-tale story telling with a nu-folk musical sentiment. It’s no secret that I have a soft spot for singer-songwriters, especially if their music, voice and stories sound as authentic as Musketeer’s. Seven Long Years instantly had my attention. Luckily, I had the chance to ask him two questions:

Your EP deals with quite a dark time in the Australian and European history. Why did you decide on this topic?

Musketeer: I wrote this EP at a time when I was living in Australia’s second oldest city, Newcastle. I was considering the history of the place and my own European ancestry. Newcastle was a city built on mining and chain gangs. The British ravaged the landscapes and displaced the existing communities there. You can still see the same mining going on there today and the effect it has on people. I guess I thought that was something worth exploring and so I wrote a song about it, and then another, and it kind of transformed into this dark journey which you can now listen to on the EP.”

You just moved to Hamburg. What makes this city unique for you? Do you already have any favorite places?

Musketeer: “Hamburg is beautiful. I guess what makes Hamburg unique for me is that I am now one step closer to becoming a notorious pirate, plundering the choppy waters of the Elbe. Haha. Not really. But I love the river and there is a seaworthy grunginess to this city that I find very interesting.

There are also a lot of cool bars close to the river that I have slowly being discovering. I haven’t been here long enough to pick and choose the best ones yet, but Weinladen in St Pauli has very tasty wines… I guess I am more of a coffee gent. There is an abundance of delicious places that I like to go to. I would recommend Nord Coast, they roast their own coffee and have excellent waffles. Less Political is also pretty damn great. You can find them in the Schanze. The staff are warm hearted and hilarious and make a fine coffee. Can’t go past that.

Enjoy listening!

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Song of the Week: Verschwende Deine Zeit by Gisbert zu Knyphausen!

“Verschwende deine Zeit
du wirst schon sehen, wohin das führt
dieser ganze Geiz ist sowieso nicht wirklich geil
das Leben ist ein Kopfschmerz
und es wird Zeit, dass du ihn spürst
hab keine Angst, er ist sehr schnell wieder vorbei”

During the last days, the song Verschwende Deine Zeit (translation: “Waste Your Time”) by German singer-songwriter Gisbert zu Knyphausen was on permanent repeat mode in my mind. It speaks out loud lots of truths, but in my opinion they all lead to the one thing everyone of us forgets during our every day routines: To enjoy the moment and that life is short. A simple truth, but an important one we should all be reminded of regularly. This is exactly what this beautiful song does.

Have fun listening!

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New Year’s Resolution II: Listen More to My Body!

Pic by Franzi. Instagram @luckmysocalled.

To listen more to my body is also not a new resolution of mine. But 2016 was a year that showed me once more how important a good health really is. I would like to practice yoga more regularly, eat more consciously and also – that’s the crucial point – go to the regular check-ups at my dentist, my GP and my OB/Gyn.

The last one is hard for me – I literally hate go to doctors. But I see the necessity and resolve to make some appointments. The first one is already in my diary: The dentist.

Have a mindful day :)!

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A X-Mas Song For Tuesday: Happy Xmas (War Is Over) by John Lennon!

“… Another year over (War is over)
And a new one just begun (Now)
And so Happy Christmas (War is over)
We hope you have fun (If you want it)
The near and the dear one (War is over)
The old and the young (Now)
A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
War is over if you want it
War is over now”

Only four days left until X-Mas Eve! I thought that today’s song Happy Xmas (War Is Over) by John Lennon would fit perfectly with this year’s holiday season. Most of the people around me are really wishing for a peaceful X-Mas, everywhere. I hope, that wish will come true – if only for some peaceful hours.

Merry listening!

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