Stage Hog Udo Lindenberg!

Udo Lindenberg is a national icon – every tourist in Hamburg will be told at least one time that he lives in the Atlantic Hotel at the Alster. I am grown up with lots of songs from him – my father played Sonderzug nach Pankow and told us about the political implications of the song, Hinterm Horizont was everywhere when I grew up and in the last years Udo impressed with new interpretations of his old songs and new German rock hits.

And yes, Udo also paints and there’s even a musical. But there is one thing that really impresses me: This man is more than 70 years old and he rocks the stage heavier than any 20 year old I know.

I saw him at the Frankfurt book fair two weeks ago, where he presented his and Tine Acke’s book Stärker als die Zeit. It was hilarious to see this big entertainer on a stage, surrounded by suit-wearing bookish people …and in the end, everyone was moving to his unmistakable voice.

Have fun listening!


Mein Ding – one of his latest hits


Udo at the Frankfurt Book Fair (Look at all those mobile phones!)

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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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A Song For Tuesday: Phase by Olli Schulz!

Today’s song Phase by German singer-songwriter Olli Schulz is already one year old but still one of my favorites from him. …I love the accompanying music video and it’s humor, starring the charming Palina Rojinski. German music at its best :)!

Have fun listening!

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Those Books I’ve Read: Ein Araber und ein Deutscher müssen reden // An Arab and a German have to speak by Hamed Abdel-Samad and Hans Rath!

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Ein Araber und ein Deutscher müssen reden is the current book we are reading in my literature club. The last book we were reading was about Muslims in Germany. This was extremely intresting but also not always easy to follow. That’s why we decided to read more about the topic Arabs/Muslims/Christians/Germany. Ein Araber und ein Deutscher müssen reden discusses the apparent problems and controversies in a much lighter way:

Hamed Abdel-Samad, an Egyptian political scientist and author living in Germany, and German author Hans Rath originally decided to write a book about the current situation in Germany and the relationship of Arabs and Germans. Via mailing each other questions and answers around this topic they tried to find a common base for their book. Since this never really happened, they finally decided to publish this mail communication. Their way to discuss with each other is respectful but full of humor. They take each other’s point of view serious but are also convinced by their own opinions. A fascinating and easy (!) read that gives a lot to think about!

I wish you a fun weekend! Have a wonderful one :)!

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A German Classic: Eggs in Mustard Sauce with Mashed Potatoes!

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An easy German classic dish: Mashed potatoes plus hard-boiled eggs plus mustard sauce!

Recipe: Serves 1-2.

Ingredients: 2 hard-boiled eggs (peeled), app. 1kg potatoes (peeled), app. 250 ml milk, app. 500 ml vegetable stock, 2 TblSps butter, 2 TblSps flour, mustard, salt pepper.

Preparation:

Mashed Potatoes: Cook the potatoes for app. 25 minutes in salted water. Mash and gently add warm milk until the wanted consistence is reach. Season with salt.

Mustard sauce: Melt the butter, add the flour, roast for app. one minute. Gently add the vegetable stock while still stirring. Cook until the wanted consistence is reached. Season with mustard (app. 3 TblSps), salt and pepper.

Serve with eggs.

Enjoy!

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A Song For Tuesday: Neonlicht by Enno Bunger!

German pop and a melancholic video featuring Hamburg: Those are the ingredients of today’s song: Neonlicht by Enno Bunger! For an easy start into a relaxed Tuesday morning.

Have fun listening!

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The Books I’ve Read: “Wann wird es endlich wieder so, wie es nie war” by Joachim Meyerhoff!

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Joachim Meyerhoff’s book Wann wird es endlich wieder so, wie es nie war was the first book I’ve read with my NEW book club in Hamburg. Since my old book club back in Osnabrück read only nonfiction, it was an experiment to start with a novel.

It’s the story of Joachim Meyerhoff’s childhood: His father was the head of a child psychiatrie in Schleswig, a small town in the north of Germany. Growing up there, he had to deal with the common problems of kids (like not to be allowed to watch TV in the night), not so common problems (like having fits of raving madness) or strange friends (from the psychiatrie) and his family with two older brothers and parents, who had their very own troubles. It’s the story of becoming an adult, of dealing with the big and small problems of life and – foremost – it’s a story about the relationship between Joachim and his father.

I adored Joachim Meyerhoff’s writing style: He creates his very own visualizing words – “Besserwisserbruder”, “das grüne Mädcheninsekt” or “die Sackgasse Jähzorn”. It was a wonderful read with a lot of discussion potential. So, the experiment worked!

I wish you a wonderful weekend – with many lazy reading hours!

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